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Woodsmen and River Drivers

Film by Michel Chalufour, Karan Sheldon, David Weiss
Produced by David Weiss, Karan Sheldom
Cinematographer: Michel Chalufour
Sound: David Weiss
Editing: David Weiss
Copyright: 1989, Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History
28 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1989
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Home streaming only. For other permissions apply to Michel Chalufour, Karan Sheldon, David Weiss or to the distributor, Northeast Historic Film.


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Men and women who worked for the Machias Lumber Company before 1930 share their recollections of the logging industry in Maine when they cut trees by hand, hauled logs to the river with horses, and floated them down to the mill. Remarkable documentary footage from the 1930's illustrates this dangerous and exhausting work. The memoires include stories about death on the job and the ballad "The Jam on Gerry's Rock".

This film and others about life in northern New England are preserved and distributed by Northeast Historic Films.

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