Would this same principal apply if you're out in the wilderness cutting down trees? For instance, could you make a pile of logs next to where you cut the tree down or would you have to take each individual log all the way back to your village?
Yeah I think you can, if what virtus says is true. Go to the gallery, 2nd page, 2nd picture, in the background you can see piles.
Thats cool you can have people just chopping, and have someone picking them up to carry them back to town.
EDIT: You can see them better on the SS on the last page (3) First picture of 2nd row. (or 5th picture)