Loggers’ Boots

"Old loggers boots" in the Fort Bragg Guest House museum

Caulk boots, calk boots, or cork boots (pronounced "cork" and usually called "corks") are leather nail-soled boots worn by lumberjacks in the timber-producing regions of the Pacific Northwest and Canada. They are worn for traction in the woods and especially in timber rafting, and were part of a lumberman's basic equipment along with axe and crosscut saw. In the very early days a logger was given a new pair of boots once a year as part of his pay.

"Old loggers boots" in the Fort Bragg Guest House museum

Loggers and others who work in the woods still wear corks today. Club member Bill Shepherd wears a pair all the time. What do his look like? Click here to see.

Hank Simonson worked in a boot makers when he was a senior in school and he maintained that the “old” loggers boots “were a lot different than today’s” …… but, we asked, how? A visit to the Fort Bragg Guest House museum provided the answer. We “found” a pair on display and took pictures – see below. Compare for yourself. Pretty much the same except for the type of spikes I reckon. Pretty good design to last 125 odd years.