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Research for my next book THE TIN MAN’S WIFE has taken me from Nova Scotia to Oregon to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state. The title of the book references oilcloth clothing worn by nineteenth century loggers, seafaring men, and bull-punchers of the Olympic Peninsula. The arduous practice of coating heavy canvas with linseed oil, beeswax or tar made the cotton so stiff, tough and waterproof that the clothing earned the name “tin cloth”. It was said loggers stood their “tin” pants up in the corners of the bunkhouses before retiring to their cedar and fur bough-lined bunks for the night. Because the business of being a lumberjack required that a man possess strength, fearlessness, and that he work long hours in awful conditions, “tin men”  became known as the most manly of all men.