For the colonists of North America, lumber was the most abundant resource available. From Georgia to Maine, the land was draped thick in forests. Indeed, every colonist in the New World, whether priest, mason, hunter or trapper, cut down trees when land needed to be cleared. However, those that took up the profession as their life's calling, the skilled Lumberjacks, were able to fell trees with a rapidity that greatly outdistanced the amateurs. They were lumberjacks and they were OK.