John Tylczak to Host Fourth Photography Exhibition at SEFS

This October, we are very pleased that local photographer John Tylczak will be hosting his fourth photography exhibition in the Forest Club Room!

John grew up in Shelton, Wash., where four generations of his family have lived since 1885 (his grandfather, in fact, was the executor of Agnes Anderson’s estate). The black-and-white portraits he will be showcasing come from his broader collection, Views from the Northwoods: 1983-1995, which captures the faces of the Washington timber industry in the mid-1980s and early 1990s—from fallers and rigging crews, to loaders and transport workers, log scalers and mill workers. John’s broader collection includes more than 1,500 photographs, and the 10 images he’s sharing this year will focus on shots from Weyerhaeuser properties.

The exhibition will officially kick off on October 4—coinciding with the annual Salmon BBQ (4 to 6 p.m. in the Anderson Hall courtyard)—and run through the end of the month. It will be open to the public during normal weekday business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We heartily encourage you to come by and enjoy John’s powerful photographs!

John Tylczak to Host Third Photography Exhibition at SEFS

This October, we are excited that local photographer John Tylczak will be hosting his third exhibition in the Forest Club Room!

John grew up in Shelton, Wash., where four generations of his family have lived since 1885 (his grandfather, in fact, was the executor of Agnes Anderson’s estate). The black-and-white portraits he will be showcasing come from his broader collection, Views from the Northwoods: 1983-1995, which captures the faces of the Washington timber industry in the mid-1980s and early 1990s—from fallers and rigging crews, to loaders and transport workers, log scalers and mill workers. John’s collection includes more than 1,500 photographs, and the 10 images he’s sharing this year will focus on shots from shake and shingle mills that have all since closed.

The exhibition will kick off on Wednesday, October 5, and run through the end of the month. It will be open to the public during normal weekday business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We heartily encourage you to come by and enjoy John’s powerful photographs!

Photo of Harold Posthmus, owner of the last shake mill in Whatcom County, 1985 © John Tylczak.

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Annual Salmon BBQ: October 5!

For countless students around the country, the end of summer can trigger the cold Pavlovian sweats of a new school year. Around here, though, you’re far more likely to get the meat sweats this time of year thanks to our Annual Salmon BBQ, coming up on Wednesday, October 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Hall courtyard!

2016_08_Salmon BBQIn case you haven’t been to the Salmon BBQ before, we have this autumn feast down to a beautiful, mouth-watering science. Once again, SEFS alumnus Steve Rigdon (’02, B.S.) will be providing the salmon, caught using traditional Yakama fishing techniques. Luke Rogers (’99, B.S.; ’05, M.S.) will continue his long-running role of overseeing the grilling operation using fir and alder wood from Pack Forest, which forester Jeff Kelly will hew and haul up beforehand. Professor Emeritus Steve West will set up a few kegs from Big Time Brewery, and Professor Emeritus Bruce Lippke will have an assortment of wines on hand for you to sample. In addition to the salmon, we’ll be providing ample corn on the cob, chips and salad, but the rest of the meal is a potluck, so please bring a side dish, snack or dessert item to share!

All alumni, students, staff and faculty are invited, and we heartily encourage you to bring friends and family. The event is free—and awesome—and no RSVP is required, and we will have plenty of salmon for all.

Also, if you’re able to assist with set-up or clean-up, please contact Karl Wirsing to make sure we have enough help before and after the event. We’ll start getting ready around 3 p.m., and we’ll need even more hands to help clean up afterward from 6:30 to 7 (ish). If you can spare a few minutes at either end, that would be tremendously appreciated!

That’s Not All!
Come a little early to the Salmon BBQ and catch the Distinguished Alumni Seminar, which will feature Randy Dahlgren (’84, M.S.; ’87, Ph.D.), a professor of soil science and biogeochemistry in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California – Davis. His talk, “From Subduction to Salmon: Geologic Subsidies Drive High Productivity of a Volcanic Spring-Fed River,” will run from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Anderson 223 as part of the SEFS Seminar Series—ending just in time for the start of the festivities downstairs in the courtyard.

We invite you to take some time, as well, to browse through a wonderful photography exhibition in the Forest Club Room, where photographer John Tylczak has once again generously loaned 10 images from his collection, Views from the Northwoods: 1983-1995. These large, black-and-white photos capture the Washington timber industry in the 1980s and early ’90s, and this year his prints will focus on shots from area timber mills—including the beautiful image below. They will be on display throughout the month of October, so even if you can’t make the Salmon BBQ we encourage you to swing by Anderson Hall another time to enjoy these photographs.

It’s going to be a great kick-off for the fall quarter, and we sure hope to see you there!

Photo © John Tylczak.

Harold Posthmus, owner of the last shake mill in Whatcom County. C&H Cedar, Deming, Whatcom County; August 5, 1986.

Harold Posthmus, owner of the last shake mill in Whatcom County. C&H Cedar, Deming, Whatcom County; August 5, 1986.

In the News … in 1915

John Tylczak, who has loaned us photography exhibitions in the Forest Club Room the past two years, recently sent us a clipping from an October 15, 2015, issue of an old trade publication, the West Coast Lumberman.

At the time, the paper had decided to feature a section once a month with news and updates from the College of Forestry. This issue hosted the introductory story, which included an overview of the College and the Forest Club, as well as short blurbs about where recent graduates had found work—such as E.J. Hanzlik, Class of 1911, who was working as a forest examiner in the Olympic National Forest, or Lewis A. Treen, also Class of 1911, who was the deputy supervisor of Snoqualmie National Forest, or W.S. Cahill, Class of 1913, a timber inspector with the Port of Seattle, and a few dozen others.

The pages include a photo of Dean Hugo Winkenwerder, and also an advertisement for wire rope for logging, available through the A. Leschen & Sons Rope Company. For all the historical details, though, it’s clear that some things about our school are just as true today: “Few situations could be more advantageous for the location of a forest school than the Puget Sound region.”

Thanks for sending the clipping, John!

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Photography Exhibition: Views from the Northwoods

This October, for the second year in a row, John Tylczak has generously offered to loan us 10 images from his broader collection, Views from the Northwoods: 1983-1995, for a month-long photography exhibition in the Forest Club Room!

Tylczak’s black-and-white prints powerfully capture the scenes and faces of the Washington timber industry in the mid-1980s and early 1990s, from fallers and rigging crews, to loaders and transport workers, log scalers and mill workers. He ended up taking more than 1,500 large-format images during that time, and the 10 he’s sharing this year all come from the Olympic Peninsula.

His photographs will be on display throughout October from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Anderson 207, and you can meet Tylczak in person if you’re able to make it to the Salmon BBQ on Wednesday, October 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.!

Photo © John Tylczak.

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Annual Salmon BBQ: October 7!

There’s really only one sure way to soften the blow of another summer’s end: Spend a boisterous afternoon grilling, gorging and gabbing with us at the annual Salmon BBQ on Wednesday, October 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Hall courtyard! It’s a feast for your senses, and a great time to catch up with friends and colleagues—or meet new friends and colleagues, if you’re a newly arriving grad or undergrad!—as we kick off the Fall Quarter.

2015_09_SalmonBBQ1In case you haven’t been to the Salmon BBQ before, we have this autumn tradition down to a beautiful, mouth-watering science. SEFS alumnus Steve Rigdon (’02, B.S.) is supplying the salmon, caught using traditional Yakama fishing techniques, and Luke Rogers will once again direct the grilling crew; they use alder wood from Pack Forest, and it’s quite an operation to watch. Professor Emeritus Steve West will set up a few kegs from Big Time Brewery, and we’ll be providing the other basics (soda, baked beans and corn on the cob). The rest of the meal is a potluck, though, so please bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert to share!

All SEFS students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited, and we heartily encourage you to bring significant others and children. Also, if you’re able to assist with set-up or clean-up, please contact Karl Wirsing to make sure we have enough help before and after the event. We’ll start getting ready around 2:30 p.m., and we’ll need even more hands to help clean up afterward from 6:30 to 7 (ish). If you can spare a few minutes at either end, that would be tremendously appreciated!

Wait, There’s More!
Just before the Salmon BBQ—and if you aren’t on set-up duty—we hope you’ll join us upstairs in Anderson 223 for the second talk of the SEFS Seminar Series, featuring alumnus Willis Littke (’82, Ph.D.), who studied with Professor Emeritus Bob Edmonds and recently retired from Weyerhaeuser after a long career as a forest health researcher. His talk will run from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m.

We hope you’ll take some time, as well, to browse through a fantastic photography exhibition in the Forest Club Room, where photographer John Tylczak has donated another 10 images from his collection capturing the Washington timber industry in the 1980s and early ’90s, Views from the Northwoods: 1983-1995. His prints, which will focus on shots from the Olympic Peninsula this year, will be on display throughout the month of October, and we’re hoping John will be able to join us in person for the Salmon BBQ.

Photo © Karl Wirsing/SEFS.

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John Tylczak: The Northwoods Photographic Project

For the month of October, we are very pleased to feature an exhibition of photographs by John Tylczak in the Forest Club Room! Tylczak (pronounced tile-zack) grew up in Shelton, Wash., where four generations of his family have lived since 1885; his grandfather, in fact, was the executor of Agnes Anderson’s estate. The black-and-white portraits he is sharing with us come from his broader collection, Views from the Northwoods: 1983-1995, which captures the faces of the Washington timber industry in the mid-1980s and early 1990s—an age of great change and transition in the logging community, from vastly shrinking workforces to more mechanized production.

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John Tylczak’s family has lived around Shelton, Wash., for four generations.

Tylczak says he first felt the power of photography in 1978 when he was in graduate school studying American social history at the University of Connecticut. “There was a rainy, cold day, and I was feeling kind of homesick,” he says, so he headed a few miles down the road to the neighboring town of Willimantic. He wandered into a bookstore and came across Dave Bohn’s newly released book of Darius Kinsey’s photographs. Kinsey (1869-1945) was famous for his photographs of loggers and the virgin timberland of western Washington from 1890 to 1940. The scenes were immensely familiar to Tylczak, whose own family had arrived in the area only a few years before Kinsey got to work in Sedro-Woolley.

“I just sat on the floor and gazed through those magnificent images for maybe an hour,” says Tylczak. “It relieved my homesickness, but it also opened a window to realizing how important photographers are to understanding our history.”

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Taken in 1988, one of the photos in Tylczak’s collection.

That experience helped shape Tylczak’s passion and career, and through the years he worked on a number of long-term photo collections, including Views from the Northwoods, which took him more than a decade to complete and includes more than 1,500 large-format images. When he started the project in 1983, he had set out to photographically re-explore the timber industry of western Washington and create a historical record of what the industry really looked like during that time period.

Part of what makes the collection so special is that Tylczak had nearly total access to forest roads and timber operations; he would often simply stroll up to a mill or field site and ask permission to photograph the workers—and was almost always welcomed. The results are an incredibly intimate, unvarnished reflection of the logging community, from the fallers and rigging crews, to loaders and transport workers, to log scalers and mill workers.

Tylczak is still active in photography and has several other ongoing collections, including photographing abandoned railroad trestles. He currently teaches graphic design and photography at Governor John R. Rogers High School in Puyallup, Wash., and we very much appreciate his generosity in sharing some of his wonderful portraits with our school.

The exhibition will be on display in the Forest Club Room and available for viewing during normal business hours in Anderson Hall (8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.). Come out and take a look this October!

Photos © John Tylczak.