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From Stump to Ship (1930)

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9 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From Stump to Ship is an amateur industrial film by Alfred Ames, owner of the Machias Lumber Company, in Machias, Maine and by Dr. Howard Kane of Washington, DC. The half-hour 16mm film was shot over the winter of 1930 in the logging woods and shows logging in the forest with hand tools and horses, then moves to the spring log drive, with loggers using peaveys to break up log jams on icy rivers as the logs are moved from the forest to the mill.

While this is focused on Maine, it offers great historical look at logging in general. Living in Wisconsin, logging was an important part of our history. Less so now, but we have lumber mills and huge tracts of land just for the purpose of chopping down trees. Much of the Western Frontier was built with Wisconsin's trees. This was very educational, because I doubt you see all that many films of logging in motion.


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