Oil Field Trash Roughneck Tales From The Rig Floor

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The stories in this book chronicle my eight year career working as a roughneck in the Michigan oil fields. I broke out in the boom year of 1981, when 4,500 drilling rigs were roaring and boring across this Great Nation. Nearly everyone (and their parrots) chanted "This boom is here to stay," or "It's different this time." Or both. I have to admit that I bit on that bait, although sage veterans warned me to sock away some of that cash. "What the hell do they know?" I muttered as I handed a clerk $800 for a pair of Justin full quill ostrich cowboy boots. But that glorious boom evaporated when crude plummeted in 1986. Iron got stacked, wages were cut, and those goofy old vets had sure wizened up in five years.

Below is an except from my book:"Rig 4 shipped off to Hartland in October 1984 to drill a well for a poor boy operation. Nobody had heard of the company; five letters followed by LLC. It was on the outskirts of town, a quarter mile east of the Big Boy restaurant.We had no sooner picked up the kelly and started boring the rat hole when a dozen cars pulled onto the location. A mob flocked towards the rig floor, flash bulbs popping. I sprinted to the bottom doghouse and grabbed my 12 gauge double barrel from my locker. I plugged two number four birdshot into the chambers and filled my pockets with a dozen more. I snapped the action shut with one hand, hustling up the rig floor stairs."I knew it... Just a matter of time," I shouted to Spider, as I reached the floor. "It's the Green Peace freaks! They're finally gonna try and pull something. Hang a banner on the derrick or deface it... Not on my watch. I just got through painting it!"Charlie stormed out of the top doghouse. "Hold your fire man! They're investors."I released the side-by-side hammers and lowered the coach gun to my waist. "Investors...?"

There are some really great books regarding oil drilling but I couldn't find anything that broke down the real roughneck aspect of the trade. So I figured that it was high time that our story was told. Twenty-five years after my last tour, here they are: nine unvarnished, foot on the gas stories, detailing the dry holes, the wild wells, and the wilder nights!

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No oil man, from the drilling superintendent on down ever forgets his first day and it is their common bond--everyone was a worm once. It should be noted that worm is an actual job title for a vital position on a crew. It could be a man with many years of experience, content to spend his career in worm's corner. He could be a demoted derrick-hand, a driller, or tool pusher, fallen from grace.

Weevil, however is a more accurate title for a new guy, a greenhorn. Training is the scourge of any profession and it's no different in the oil patch. But most occupations had training programs, trade schools, or internships, to prepare you for your new career. On drilling rigs there was no school to teach you to be a roughneck. Weevils were thrown in head first--baptized in salt brine and pipe dope, educated on the fly while makin' hole--they didn't shut down the operation to explain details.

The chain-hand is the man saddled with most of the training and he knows all too well that the new guy will probably not be back tomorrow. Orientation was kept to a minimum until the prospect shows signs that he's got the sand to make a hand. If a weevil lasts long enough to collect his first paycheck, the odds increase significantly that he'll make a roughneck.

A weevil gets introduced to the make up tongs first--slabs of iron the size of an alligator, giant pipe wrenches controlled by the driller--for tightening or breaking out pipe. Then on to the rest of his primary tools: 170 pound drill pipe slips, collar slips, wedding bands, collar subs, elevators, sledge hammers, 48s, 24s, grease guns, scrub brushes, and a worm rod. He is told the basics: Stand here. Don't stand there. This will kill you. That will maim you. Push on this. Pull on that. Push harder. Pull harder. Make 'em bite!

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