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Ben's Mill: Making a Sled

Film by Michel Chalufour, John Karol
Produced by Michael Ambrosino
Cinematographer: John Karol
Sound: Michel Chalufour
Editing: Michel Chalufour and John Karol
Copyright: 1981, Public Broadcasting Associates, Inc.
26 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1981
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Ben Thresher's mill is one of the few water-powered, wood-working mills left in this country. Operating in rural Vermont since 1848, the mill is a unique link between the age of craft and the age of modern industry. In this excerpt, Ben uses his machines and finely crafted tools to turn out a horsedrawn sled for his neighbors in the farming community. The film evokes the quality of rural New England life, and at the same time provides a close, step-by-step view of Ben's woodworking processes. The complete one hour film can be ordered from Documentary Educational Resources.


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