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Author: Alfred AmesDavid WeissKaren SheldonTim SampleHarry NevisonAll authors
Publisher: Bucksport, ME : Distributed by Northeast Historic Film, c[200-?]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The long log drive - a spring journey down icy streams and rivers moving logs from the forest to the mill for sawing into boards, laths, and clapboards. For more than 150 years, logging techniques remained the same: men cut trees by hand and loaded them on horse-drawn sleds to be hauled over snow to the river. Skilled river drivers maneuvered the logs downstream, risking their limbs and lives every day. This film  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred Ames; David Weiss; Karen Sheldon; Tim Sample; Harry Nevison; Northeast Historic Film (Organization)
OCLC Number: 61313682
Notes: Consultants: David C. Smith, Edward Ives, Richard Judd, Jonathan Tankel.
A project of the University of Maine and Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History under a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and International Paper. Project director, Henry Nevison.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1930.
Credits: Executive producer and project director, Harry Nevison ; graphics, Mike Mardose ; script editor, Karen Sheldon ; film editor, Harry Nevison, David Weiss ; music, Sandy Ives, Albert Pelletier, Billy Schubeck.
Performer(s): Tim Sample.
Description: 1 videodisc (28 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Responsibility: a film by Alfred Ames ; producers, David Weiss, Karen Sheldon.

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The long log drive - a spring journey down icy streams and rivers moving logs from the forest to the mill for sawing into boards, laths, and clapboards. For more than 150 years, logging techniques remained the same: men cut trees by hand and loaded them on horse-drawn sleds to be hauled over snow to the river. Skilled river drivers maneuvered the logs downstream, risking their limbs and lives every day. This film survives as the best, most vivid and complete film record of the long log business. Remarkably detailed scenes, filmed year-round, are uniquely enhanced by the original script, written to be read with the silent footage in the 1930s. The soundtrack is brought to life by Tim Sample, narrator and renowned Maine humorist, in the role of the filmmaker, Alfred Ames.

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