Forest History

Forestry & Forests

DEFORESTING THE EARTH: From History to Global Crisis, An Abridgment
Michael Williams.  A landmark study of the history and geography of deforestation.  The preeminent history of this process - the thinning, changing, and wholesale clearing of forests for fuel, shelter, and agriculture - and its consequences.  Williams traces the impact from the Paleolithic age to the alarming escalation of modern times.  Not only about deforestation, "but about every aspect of human use of the forest and the forces that drive this use."  This edition retains the breath of the original (2002), while rendering its arguments accessible to a general readership. 6 x 9, 520p, 33 b&w photos, 97 line drawings, tables, 2006. OVERSIZE.
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A FOREST JOURNEY: The Story of Wood and Civilization
John Perlin.  One of Harvard's “One-Hundred Great Books.”  A contemporary view of the effects of wood, as used for building and fuel, and of deforestation on the development of civilization.  The abundance or scarcity of wood greatly shaped, as A Forest Journey relates, the culture, demographics, economy, internal and external politics, as well as technology of successive societies over the millennia.  This edition adds a prologueand epilogue to reflect the current situation in which forests have become imperative for humanity's survival. 6 x 9, 464p, 50 b&w photos & illustrations, 1991, 2005.
F6761 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $27.00

WOOD: Craft, Culture, History
Harvey Green.  Wood has been a central part of human life throughout the world for thousands of years.  In a mix of science, history, and practical information, Green considers this vital material's place on the planet.  What makes one wood hard and one soft?  How did we find it, tame it?  Where does it fit into the histories of technology, architecture, and industrialization, of empire, exploration, and settlement?  Wood provides a rich and intriguing look at one of our most treasured resources. 6-1/8 x 9-1/4, 496p, b&w photos & illustrations, 2007.
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SCORCHED EARTH: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America
Rocky Barker.  A clear, informative history of wildland fire that lays a new foundation for examining current fire and environmental policies in the United States and the world.  Barker shows us that many of today's arguments over fire management and the nature of public land began to take shape soon after the Civil War.  Explains how the government responded to early fires in Yellowstone and to local private investors led ultimately to the creation of America's first national park.  Reveals a colorful cast of characters, the remarkable role the Army, the efforts of conservation's great figures, firefighters, and more.  Barker brings to life “a fascinating, but often neglected, piece of American history.” 6 x 9, 288p, map, 2005.
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AWFUL SPLENDOUR: A Fire History of Canada
Stephen Pyne.  "Fire is a defining element in Canadian land and life.  With few exceptions, Canada's forests and prairies have evolved with fire.  Its peoples have exploited fire and sought to protect themselves from its excesses, and since Confederation, the country has devised various institutions to connect fire and society.  The choices Canadians have made says a great deal about their national character. Awful Splendour narrates the history of this grand saga."  A detailed, insightful examination of fire and Canada from one of the world's foremost environmental historians. 6 x 8-3/4, 584p, b&w photos, charts/figures, 2007, 2008.
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THE FORESTER'S LOG: Musings from the Woods
Mary Stuever.  As a forestry professional, Stuever's career path has included firefighting, forest rehabilitation, timber sale administration, and environmental education.  She also has written a syndicated column, "The Forester's Log."  Her popular writings, collected here for the first time, tell the stories of places, people, and experiences that shaped Stuever's passion while offering a glimpse of forestry in the Southwest at the turn of the new millennium.  With its inspiring and informative style, "…The Forester's Log is a 'find' - like walking through the woods and coming across a lion track on the path, or looking up to see a goshawk gliding through the trees" - White Mountain Independent, Show Low, AZ. 6 x 9, 278p, 28 b&w photos, 2009.
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THE FOREST RANGER: A Study in Administrative Behavior (Special Reprint Ed.)
Herbert Kaufman.  Earning wide acclaim as a classic, this book has been essential reading for generations of professionals and scholars in forestry, public administration, and organizational behavior.  This special reprint adds two new forewords and an afterword highlighting how much we have learned from the original.  Published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Forest Service, The Forest Ranger is “a striking and prescient case study of how a complex organization operates and evolves over time” and remains as relevant and timely today as when it was first issued in 1960. 5-1/4 x 8-1/4, 248p, 11 b&w tables & figures, map, 1960, 2006.
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John Bacher.  A historical account of what this modest forester made to Ontario and its landscape (1875-1968).  Zavitz held the positions of chief forester of Ontario, deputy minister of forests, and director of reforestation.  Beginning with his first pilot reforestation project in 1905, he dedicated a lifetime to educating the public and politicians about the need to protect Ontario forests.  "…Just a month before Zavitz's death, the one billionth tree was planted by Premier John Robarts.  More than a billion trees would follow, but more trees are needed."  A fitting tribute to the contributions made by the "unsung hero of Ontario's forests" and the Province's "father of reforestation." 6 x 9, 264p, 50 b&w photos + illustrations, 2010.
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Claire Campbell, ed..  When Canada created a Dominion Parks Branch in 1911, it became the first country in the world to establish an agency devoted to managing its national parks. Over the past century, this agency, now Parks Canada, has been at the centre of important debates about the place of nature in Canadian nationhood, and relationships between Canada's diverse ecosystems and its communities.  These 14 essays set the changing philosophies and practices of Parks Canada in historical context, measuring its response to social and political circumstances, and seeing it as a barometer of Canada in the twentieth century.  "...A diverse and fascinating array of perspectives on the history of Canada's national parks, illuminating many less well-understood aspects of the evolving place of people in and near these parks." - Stephen Bocking. 6 x 9, 458p, color + b&w photos, maps, 2011.
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Roger Sands.  An introductory text setting world forestry in the context of social, environmental, historical, economic and conservation issues.  Focuses on the world's forests and how people have related to them and how they have been used since the time of hunter-gatherers until today.  Examines: the development of forests, grassland and humans from the Devonian through to the Age of Agriculture; the factors determining the distribution of forests; the classification of forest types, the value and benefits of the forest; forest products and their associated trade.  Also concentrates on current patterns of deforestation and reforestation, sustainable forest management, the role of plantations and the current issues in forestry and the future. 6-3/4 x 9-1/4, 280p, 35 b&w illustrations,  2005.
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GREEN HORIZONS: The Forests and Foresters of Nova Scotia
Jim Lotz.  Tells how the forests of Nova Scotia have been both ravaged and occasionally preserved over the centuries.  Beginning with the Mi'kmaq people who relied on the woods for game and useful products, Green Horizons then traces the history of the forests in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century.  Also recounts the history of the past 50 years through interviews with those directly involved in forestry.  Lotz describes how the debate and quest for balance in the use of forests in Nova Scotia continues. 6 x 9, 324p, b&w photos, 2005.
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FORESTS IN TIME: The Environmental Consequences of 1,000 Years of Change In New England
David Foster, John Aber, eds.  An insightful overview of ecological change in New England.  Describes how human-induced changes contribute to form the basis for explanations of changes in native wildlife populations and, more fundamentally, ecosystem structure and function.  Demonstrates that an understanding of landscape history is essential for the study of ecology and environmental management.  A "cutting edge" effort to create a truly historical approach to ecological science that "should be read by anyone who cares about the past, present, and future of terrestrial ecosystems." 6-1/8 x 9-1/4, 496p, b&w photos, figures, maps, 2004.
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THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE: A Centennial History
Harold Steen.  The U.S. Forest Service celebrated its centennial in 2005.  With a new preface, this edition of Steen's classic history provides a broad perspective on the Service's administrative and policy controversies and successes.  Features updated discussions on a number of recent concerns, including: the spotted owl issue; wilderness and roadless areas; new research on habitat, biodiversity, and fire prevention; below-cost timber sales; and workplace diversity in a male-oriented field. 6 x 9, 432p, b&w illustrations, 1976, 2004.
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JACK WARD THOMAS: The Journals of a Forest Service Chief
Harold Steen, ed..  The issues Thomas dealt with in office and noted in his journals lie at the heart of recent Forest Service policy and controversy.  Discusses issues ranging from the spotted owl, grazing in the national forests, long-term pulp timber sales in Alaska, and the Forest Service Law Enforcement Division to the New World Mine near Yellowstone National Park, and more.  "This is a priceless chronicle of a pivotal period in the history of U.S. forest policy, seen through the eyes of a central player and candid observer"  - Al Sample (President, Pinchot Institute for Conservation). 6 x 9, 416p, 28 b&w photos, 2004.
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A LIFE IN THE BUSH: Lessons from My Father
Roy MacGregor.  Award Winner.  “In 1929, at the age of twenty-two, Duncan MacGregor, the son of a lumberman, great-grandson of a voyageur, … headed off into the largest tract of preserved bush in the world: Ontario’s Algonquin Park.  When he got there, he was home for the rest of his life.”  This is his story.  In this detailed memoir of his father, MacGregor paints an intimate portrait of an unusual man …– “a portrait of a true original” The Hamilton Spectator.  “He also evokes, perhaps for the first time in Canadian literature, the bush the way bush people see it, an insider's view of life in the totemic Canadian wilderness.” 5-1/4 x 8-1/4, 392p, b&w photos, 2000, 2007.
L3310 paperback..........US $21.00 CAN $24.00

THE TREE COLLECTOR: The Life and Explorations of David Douglas
Ann Lindsay, Syd House.  A biography of one of the most important botanical collectors that there has ever been.  His legacy is the collection and discovery of 200+ species.  Not only is the Douglas fir named after him, but conifers like the Sitka spruce, the Grand and Noble firs, and the Monterey pine were introduced to Britain by him.  “A highly readable story” about the life and times of this distinguished Scottish plant-collector. 5-1/4 x 7-3/4, 256p, historic b&w photos, 1999, 2005.
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Elers Koch; edited by Peter Koch. 1998 Crown of the Continent Nature Writing Award Winner.  Elers Koch was a groundbreaking silviculturist, a pioneering forest manager, and a master firefighter in the early days of the U.S. Forest Service.  His illuminating memoir provides a detailed history of the early days of the Forest Service, as well as an authoritative and very human snapshot of an important period in the growth of an American conservation ethic.  A text for those who draw lessons from history to strengthen sustainable stewardship efforts today. 6-1/4 x 9-5/8, 220p, b&w photos, map, 1998.
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SO YA WANNA BE A RANGER: The Maritime Forest Ranger School 1946-1996
Girvan Harrison.  Originally built as a temporary facility to train WWII veterans, the Maritime Ranger School (Fredericton, New Brunswick) has become one of the leading forest technician schools in North America.  Learn why the school survived its 10-year life expectancy, what drove it to the top, and about the school's future.  Includes hilarious stories contributed by graduates. 8-1/2 x 9-1/4, 267p, b&w photos + illustrations, 1996.
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LOOKING FOR LONGLEAF: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest
Lawrence Earley.  A superb blend of human and natural history.  Tells the fascinating, yet often forgotten, story of a tree that is deeply embedded in the history and culture of the South.  Explores the history of the longleaf pine forests and the astonishing biodiversity of the longleaf ecosystem, addressing questions like "where did the trees go?"  "A learned stroll through the shady groves of the South, past and present, where the longleaf pine once flourished and may yet rise again." 6-1/8 x 9-1/4, 336p, 34 b&w photos + illustrations, map, 2004.
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Donald Dickmann, Larry Leefers.  A unique, engaging overview exploring the natural history, ecology, and economic importance of the rich and varied forests that cover over half of the state's 37.3 million acres.  Reveals how the forests returned after the Wisconsin glacier retreated, and how they recovered from the onslaught of unrestrained logging and wildfire that virtually wiped them out.  Emphasis is a view of sustainability that builds not only upon the lessons learned from native peoples' attitude and use of trees but also on the latest scientific principles of forest ecology and management.  "Written in an engaging style, The Forests of Michigan sees the forest and the trees, offering a hearty serving of information as well as many anecdoctal delights." 8-1/2 x 11, 304p, 135 color + b&w photos, 11 b&w illustrations, drawings, tables, maps, 2003.
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Ken Drushka.  Explores how the human use of our forests has changed and combines, for the first time, an overall description of the ten forest regions of Canada with an overview of their historical uses and current condition.  A readable introduction to Canadian forest history. 6 x 9, 120p, b&w photos, diagrams, maps, 2003.
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Chris Bolgiano.  Appalachia’s natural history has been profoundly impacted by the people who have lived, worked, and travelled there.  Beginning with geological events that formed the mountains, this book explores the influx of settlers, the birth of forestry and conservation efforts.  Historical information, forestry issues, and conservation efforts extend well beyond Appalachian readership. 6 x 9, 288p, photos, illustrations, 1998.
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ONTARIO FORESTS: A Historical Perspective 
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THE FIGHT TO SAVE THE REDWOODS: A History of the Environmental Reform, 1917-1978 
Susan Schrepfer.  This book, "…a fascinating account of a sixty-year conservation effort (including the roots of California's Save-the-Redwoods League and the Sierra Club), is also a classic illustration of how familiar controversy concerning natural resource use and wilderness preservation.  The lessons learned in studying this long and arduous struggle can be used with profit for those engaged in similar efforts now and in the future." 6-1/4 x 9-1/2, 356p, 22 b&w photos, maps, 1983, pb - 2003.
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DEFORESTING THE EARTH: From Prehistory to Global Crisis
Michael Williams.  Surveys ten thousand years of history to trace how, why, and when human-induced deforestation has shaped economies, societies, and landscapes around the world.  Begins with the return of the forests to Europe, North America, and the tropics after the Ice Ages through to the present-day and alarming escalation of deforestation.  Provides the historical and geographical background we need for a deeper understanding of deforestation's tremendous impact on the environment and the people who inhabit it.  "… A rich, timely and sobering historical fare." 7 x 10, 689p., 48 b&w photos, 99 line drawings, 46 tables, 2002. OVERSIZE.
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Harold Steen, ed..  Traces the history of science in forestry and wildlife management.  Shows its role in the formation of natural resource policy during the past 100 years.  Covers both organizational programs, like the U.S. Forest Service & National Park Service, as well as disciplinary fields, including forest ecology and silviculture, forest economics, wildlife science, and more. 6 x 9, 455p, 39 b&w photos, 1999.
F0577 paperback ..........US $22.00 CAN $29.95

THE TREE ARMY: A Pictorial History
Stan Cohen.  You can still see remnants of the camps, you can listen to some of the 3 million old timers who were there, and you can see the results everywhere in our forests – but nothing beats this book for getting the full story of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).  The book, with its 195 well-chosen photographs, tells the impressive story of the CCC. 8-1/2 x 11, 172p, b&w photos, reprint 1998.
T6107 paperback ..........US $14.95 CAN $19.95

AMERICA’S ANCIENT FORESTS: From the Ice Age to the Age of Discovery
Thomas Bonnicksen.  Describes forests the way they were, and presents their dynamic history from the glaciers of the ice ages to the beginning of the age of discovery.  Discusses the response of forests to changes in climate and elevation with changes in species composition, expanding and contracting size, adjusting to fires and storms, and responding to the influence of the earliest Native Americans.  This book will help readers understand the current place and role of our forest lands and serves as a benchmark for restoration ecology efforts. 6 x 9-1/4, 304p, 2000.
A6220 hardcover ..........US $197.95 CAN $237.99

AMERICAN FORESTS: A History of Resiliency and Recovery (4/e)
Douglas MacCleery (FHS Issues Series).  Traces the debate about the forests since the origins of forest management in the United States.  Discusses the regeneration, through natural processes or human effort, and the history of recovery of the forests.  Points out the differences of the “new” forests from the original and, while appreciation of the forest as an ecosystem increases, the debate is not over. 6 x 9, 58p, 13 b&w photos, 18 figures & graphs, 2002.
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AMERICAN FORESTS: Nature, Culture, and Politics
Char Miller.  The definitive collection on American forest history.  Leading environmental scholars assess the development of the forestry profession, analyze the explosive political and scientific controversies that have marked its evolution, and consider competing claims on national forests, including sport, recreation, and industry.  This multifaceted volume will help define the place of forests in our future. 7 x 9, 289p, 1997.
A8494 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $24.95

AMERICANS & THEIR FORESTS: A Historical Geography
Michael Williams.  "The definitive historical geography of the importance of forests in the life, livelihood, and landscape of the United States."  Provides a detailed assessment of the evolving economic, political and cultural relationship between Americans and their timber resources.  Addresses the question “what happened to the forest that once covered so much of the United States?” - the process of deforestation begun by the pioneers, continued by the ruthless logging operations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and only halted by the forest conservation movement of the 1900's.  Provides an excellent, readable cultural view of forest change in the United States to present, as well as an overview of the American conservation movement.  An outstanding resource and highly recommended reference. 7 x 10, 599p, b&w photos, illustrations, 1992. OVERSIZE.
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THE LUMBERMAN'S FRONTIER: Three Centuries of Land Use, Society, and Change in America's Forests
Thomas Cox.  "With The Lumberman's Frontier, Thomas Cox has reconstructed a groundbreaking history that stands apart from all previous studies of American forests."  Examines selected areas that trees, rather than farming, attracted settlement = the lumberman's frontier.  Draws upon recent work in social and economic history, as well as a wealth of historical data on forest industries and individuals, and it puts individual actors at center stage, allowing the points of view of the workers and lumberman to emerge.  A reference that will appeal to students and scholars of forestry, public policy, and environmental history, as well as to general readers interested in the history and settlement of the United States. 6 x 9, 560p, b&w photos, maps, 2010. OVERSIZE.
L5792 paperback..........US $35.00 CAN $41.95

MILLICOMA: Biography of a Pacific Northwestern Forest
Arthur Smyth.  “A fascinating saga of one of Oregon’s most productive and intensely harvested forests.”  From pre-colonial times to the spotted owl and beyond, Smyth tells his story as a forester for the Weyerhaeuser Company.  Also presents a “biography” of industrial forestry in the Pacific Northwest. 6 x 9, 162p, b&w photos, color maps, 2000.
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NATURE’S ARMY: When Soldiers Fought for Yosemite
Harvey Meyerson.  Chronicles the rescue of America’s national parks by soldiers, the so-called Old Army, with an environmental ethic generations ahead of its time.  Recaptures the forgotten history of these first, and very competent, stewards of Yosemite National Park and shows how the impact and relevance of their work still resonates today. 6 x 9, 336p, 10 b&w photos, 2001. OVERSIZE.
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THE SAWDUST FUSILIERS: The Canadian Forestry Corps in the Scottish Highlands in World War Two
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Lumbering & Logging

David Lee.  "A first-ever book on the worldwide history of the chainsaw."  From 600-lb. steam-powered behemoths to electric chainsaws with portable generators, this book musters a curious collection of contraptions and inventors.  Working with a worldwide network of chainsaw buffs, Lee traces the roaring, woodchip-and-oil-sprayed progress of what is now a lightweight modern machine that holds a place of honour in the world's woodsheds.  A gift book full of wonderful old and new photographs along with priceless chainsaw ephemera that will warm the heart of anyone who's ever held a power tool. 8-1/2 x 11, 220p, 200 color + b&w photos, illustrations, 2006. OVERSIZE.
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THE AXE AND MAN: The History of Man's Early Technology as Exemplified by His Axe
Charles Heavrin.  Covers the vast range of axes used throughout time and throughout the world, starting with the early stone hand-axes of the Paleolithic period through the flint, copper, and bronze axes of early civilizations, the early iron axes of the medieval age, and the production of steel axes made possible by the Industrial Revolution.  Discusses all axe types from celts to hand axes, tomahawks to hatchets, pebble tools to broad axes, as well as a chapter on special axes.  Heavrin, one of the world's leading experts on the subject, gives detailed descriptions of the axes, how they were made and the materials used, and the evolution of their design over time.  "...Fascinating reading and shows the axe in a living, historical light" - Fine Tool Journal. 8-1/2 x 11, 182p, 100+ b&w photos, 1998.
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KINSEY, PHOTOGRAPHER: The Locomotive Portraits
Dave Bohn, Rodolfo Petschek, eds..  Here you'll find Darius and Tabitha Kinsey's lifework on display in this book featuring photographs of the logging industry's steam locomotives, historical essays by John Labbe on each locomotive and the logging operations it served, and excerpts from conversations with some of the oldtime engineers, firemen, and brakemen.  A thorough regional account that explores a fascinating period of Canadian history. 10-1/4 x 12-3/4, 144p, 53 duotone photos, 2006. OVERSIZE.
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OFF IN A CLOUD OF HEIFER DUST: Some Ottawa Valley Yarns 
Brent Connelly.  Third time's still the charm for Brent Connelly, one of the best storytellers ever to travel "inbacka" the Ottawa Valley.  His latest/third collection gets us up off our chairs for a tour up and down the Valley, from L'Orignal to Lachute, Pembroke to Perth, Almonte to Allumette Island, to meet friends old and new, and share a story or two.  "So, whether it's on board a timber crib, rafting down the Ottawa River, tapping your toes to Don Messer and his Islanders, or slipping along ice-coated roads to get generators to people stranded and isolated by the Ice Storm of '98, Brent invites you to brush off your clothes, slick back your hair, and climb on board, for we're about to take off in a cloud of heifer dust." 8-1/2 x 8-1/2, 172p, b&w photos, 2009.
O8565 paperback..........US $23.95 CAN $24.95

Ron Cortbett.  Marking the 100th anniversary of the last commercial square-timber raft to float down the Ottawa River (1908), Corbett sets out on a modern recreation.  Chronicles the enormous undertaking to build an exact replica of the original raft, then put it in the water.  One Last River Run invites readers to be a part of the thirty-ton raft's journey to honor the region's logging heritage and discover "how deeply connected to the forests and rivers of the Ottawa Valley its people remain."  8-1/2 x 8-1/2, 112p, b&w + archival photos, 2008.
O8275 paperback..........US $18.95 CAN $19.95

BURIED IN THE WOODS: Sawmill Ghost Towns of Nova Scotia
Mike Parker.  Resurrects the story of now abandoned settlements hacked from the primal forest by timber barons.  True to the book's title and unlike the stereotypical version portrayed in the Old West, most of these deserted lumber towns are literally buried in the woods and forgotten.  Communities, like Shulie, Eatonville, Electric City, Canal Camp, Irish Town, and others live again in the pages of this book.  A book sure to entertain a diverse audience from adventurous sleuths looking for ons-te discoveries to armchair heritage buggs and historians in search of an informative read. 6-3/4 x 9-3/4, 208p, 186 b&w photos, 2010.
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GREAT FORESTS AND MIGHTY MEN: Early years in Canada’s vast woodlands 
David Lee.  From Lake of the Woods in northern Ontario to Nova Scotia’s old-growth Acadian forests, a colorful and fascinating story of the shantymen, river drivers, timbermen, lumber barons who worked in eastern Canada’s early forest industry.  Lee describes their work in shanties and camboose camps, in the woods, on the river and in the sawmills of Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes.  With many illustrations and photos, “Great Forests and Mighty Men is a very human history of almost legendary figures.” 8-1/4 x 9, 96p, color + b&w illustrations, 2007.
G9845 paperback..........US $22.95 CAN $24.95

THE LEGACY OF JOHN WALDIE AND SONS: A History of the Victoria Harbour Lumber Company
Kenneth Armson, Marjorie McLeod.  At the time of his death in 1907, John Waldie, founder of the Victoria Harbour Lumber Company, was identified as "the second largest lumber operator in Canada."  Here is a revealing story of his legacy and the times.  Includes: local history and genealogical connections; detailed documentation of where the logs came from, and; descriptions of the forests today.  …"This little-known story provides insights into days of rampant entrepreneurialism, the world of lumber barons, and the impact on Ontario forests." 6 x 9, 160p, 30+ historic photos, tables, maps, 2007.
L7587 paperback..........US $22.99 CAN $22.99

H.R.: A Biography of H.R. MacMillan
Ken Drushka.  A respectful, but clear-eyed, look at the real Harvey Reginald MacMillan, best known for his role in building MacMillan Bloedel Ltd., one of the world's most powerful forestry companies and the first locally owned lumber export company in British Columbia (B.C.).  While a ruthless business tycoon, H.R. MacMillan was also B.C.'s first Chief Forester (1912) and an ardent conservationist who called for long-term resource management policies that were far ahead of their time.  Includes 100 photographs and material from family archives.  An informative read about a prominent and influential man that was one of the most significant figures in Canadian corporate history. 6-1/2 x 9-1/2, 350p, photos, 1995. OVERSIZE. 
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LUMBER KINGS AND SHANTYMEN: Logging and Lumbering in the Ottawa Valley
David Lee.  Provides an in-depth history of logging and life in the Ottawa Valley in the 19th century - home to one of the world's richest coniferous forests.  Chronicles the building of Philemon Wright's timber fortune, the rapidly growing pulp and paper industry, and the towns that grew around these industries.  Lee also tells of the people who built the industry with their own hands: the French and Irish shantymen and lumberjacks.  A thorough regional account that explores a fascinating period of Canadian history. 6 x 9, 256p, 30+ b&w photos, 2006.
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Frank A. Reed.  Depicts life in the lumber camps of the North Country as told by four Adirondack sky pilots (Charles Atwood, Clarence Mason, Aaron Maddox, Frank Reed), as well as one from New England (William Burger, Jr.) and from Minnesota (Frank Higgins).  Provides an opportunity to read these recollections and have a glimpse into the lives of the men in the lumber camps and of the sky pilots.  "…A North Country classic." 6 x 8-3/4, 168p, b&w historical photos, maps, 1965, 2007.
L8815 paperback..........US $16.95 CAN $22.95

HOLY OLD WHISTLIN' - Yarns About Algonquin Park Loggers
Brent Connelly.  Tall trees and tall tales - that's life in the bush, and, Connelly wouldn't have it any other way.  As a forester for nearly 40 years, here's a collection from the many told in his company of loggers and truck drivers, timber cruisers and cookees.  Jack McRae, Duncan MacGregor, Johnnie Shaw, Walter Dombroski, Joe Bird, and Ray Townsend are just some of the "rogues and rascals" whom Connelly has gathered around the stove to share a laugh and shed a tear. 8-1/2 x 8-1/2, 142p, b&w photos, 2005.
H334X paperback ...........US $18.95 CAN $19.95

FINER THAN HAIR ON A FROG: More Yarns about Loggers and the Like 
Brent Connelly.  “The plates are scraped and the smokes are lit, so it’s time to pull up a chair in the old bunkhouse and swap some tales.”  Storyteller extraordinaire Brent Connelly is back with further chronicles about life in the bush.  In addition to his beloved Algonquin Park, this edition takes us north to Algoma and east to the Laurentians, not to mention “inbacka” a few other places in between.  A collection of stories featuring a mix of new faces with some familiar characters.  For as Brent says, “you know that you are having a good day when you are greeted by somebody who tells you that they are finer than hair on a frog.”  8-1/2 x 8-1/2, 164p, b&w photos, 2007.
F3905 paperback ...........US $18.95 CAN $19.95

Vernon Price.  “On September 22, 1938, Price took a boat from Deep River, Ontario across the Ottawa River to the Depot on the Quebec side where the Schyan River enters the Ottawa.  Hitching a ride on a tote wagon which delivered supplies to a number of logging camps along the Schyan, the enterprising 22-year old arrived at Willie McCool’s Camp and was taken on.  This is a collection of memories and photos of that winter’s logging.” 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 88p, b&w photos, 1986, 2000.
L3367 paperback..........US $11.95 CAN $12.95

William Gove.  Provides an in-depth history of railroad activity in the Adirondacks – there were 24 rails in all.  Describes the logging methods used, the role of railroads in the logging industry, and the influence of the railroads on the condition of the Adirondack forest today.  Also addresses the political and economic forces determining the location and viability of logging railroads, villages, and the forest industry.  ..."Bill Gove has written one of the most definitive history books on the spider web of logging railroads that opened up the Adirondacks to large scale timber harvesting, changing its physical and economic landscape for the next hundred years" - Adirondack Daily Enterprise. 8 1/2 x 11, 280p, 350 b&w photos, 2006. OVERSIZE.
L7946 hardcover ..........US $49.95 CAN $66.95

ALLIGATORS OF THE NORTH: The Story of the West & Peachy Steam Warping Tugs
Harry Barrett, Clarence Coons.  A Canadian invention that very few have heard of had a profound effect on the pine logging industry during the late 1800's and early 1900's.  The logging of eastern white and red pine in Ontario's Ottawa Valley, Georgian Bay and the north shore of Lake Huron was of major economic and social importance.  The accessible stands of timber when logged were routed along fast flowing rivers leading into the Ottawa River or Georgian Bay.  Once such stands were depleted, the logging moved into the more distant hinterlands.  But how to move the timber?  Something was needed that could move booms of logs both on a lake and then overland to the next lake, using its own power.  Steam power was the new technology of the day.  Enter John West and James Peachey, who with their foundry staff built the first steam warping tug (1889), the first of many that popularly became known as "northern alligators." 9 x 9, 264p, 80 b&w photos, maps, 2010. OVERSIZE.
A7118 paperback..........US $32.99 CAN $34.99

Kevin Johnson.  Displays the wide array of equipment once used to log high timber that are now highly collectible.  Includes axes, saws, filing tools, springboards, oil bottles, undercutters, wedges, marlin spikes, drag saws, and venerable chainsaws.  An informative text provides a description of the antique tools, tips on cleaning and preservation, and values.  Historic photos also depict towering giants of old growth forests where loggers toiled decades ago.  A book that will appeal to those who share a fascination for logging as it was done by the lumberjack, bucker, and high climber. 8-1/2 x 11, 160p, 333 color + 12 b&w photos, 2007.
E7402 paperback..........US $29.95 CAN $40.95

LOGGING LONG AGO: Historic Postcard Views 
Mary Martin, Edward Thompson, Tina Skinner.  Follow the history of logging as it unfolds across the United States, from the virgin forests of the east, to the towering redwoods of the West Coast.  The 350+ “historic postcard views” (from the early 1900s through the first half of the 20th century) capture images of the early woods, the woodsman, and the machines of this important industry.  A stunning collection of logging's history. 8-1/2 x 11, 144p, 278 color illustrations, 63 b&w images, 2006.
L6196 paperback..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

M. Allerdale Grainger. A spirited and engaging novel about logging up the British Columbia coast in the early days.  A tale of winding inlets, logging camps and legendary loggers.  “…What Mark Twain did for the steamboat life on the Mississippi, Mr. Grainger has done for the camp on the shores and inlets of British Columbia. … This is life – rough, strong and genuine, the real thing” - Cambridge Review. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 224p, b&w historic photos, 1908, 1994.
W3311 paperback ..........US $12.95 CAN $14.95

John Macfie.  A collection of stories told by the shantymen and river-drivers who worked the white pine logging camps and steam-powered mills of the late 1800's and early 1900's.  An insightful, entertaining oral history of the "Parry Sound loggers." 8-1/2 x 11, 208p, 130 b&w historic photos, 1987, 2003.
P0552 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $19.95

TIMBER EMPIRE: The Exploits of the Entrepreneurial Boyds (2nd revised ed.)
Grace Barker.  A look at an early lumbering operation in the Kawartha Lakes district and Haliburton County.  Based on diaries and archival records, the book provides an inside view of an ambitious family wrestling to extract a living from the pine forests in 19th-century Ontario. 8 x 10, 144p, 66 b&w historic photos, maps, 1997, 2003.
T5272 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $19.95

GILMOUR TRAMWAY: A Lumber Baron's Desperate Scheme
Gary Long.  What does a 19th-century lumber baron do when he needs to move millions of logs from one waterway to another, and a range of high hills blocks the way?  He would invent a system of endless chains and aqueducts, and prove that he could, in fact, "float logs uphill."  This book examines the tramway, explaining how it was built, operated, and puts this engineering marvel back in working order, at least in words. 8 x 8, 96p, 50 b&w historic photographs, diagrams, maps, 1998, 2008.
G5248 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $19.95

Robert Pike.  A colorful story of logging and log-driving in New England.  Pike, who as a youth worked in the woods and on the rivers, writes knowingly and vividly, with humorous anecdotes, of every detail of lumbering.  Describes the daily life of the loggers, and what life in the camps was like. 5-3/8 x 8, 320p, historic b&w photos, 1984, 1999.
T9172 paperback ..........US $15.95 CAN $21.99
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SPIKED BOOTS: Sketches of the North Country
Robert Pike.  A colorful history of the New England logging industry.  A fascinating collection of tales narrated here by "Old Vern," a cantankerous backwoods character.  Here are legends and wild anecdotes of the loggers and rivermen who worked in the woods and on the Connecticut and Androscoggin Rivers in the early 1900s. 5-1/2 x 8-1/4, 288p, historic b&w photos, 1959, 1960, 1987, 1999.
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S436X paperback ..........US $14.95 CAN $20.99

Margaret Felt.  Tells a story often overlooked in the history of the logging industry: the emergence of family-based, independent contract or “gyppo” loggers in the post-World War II timber economy, and the crucial role of women within that economy.  This autobiography “captures the independent and stubborn spirit of those maverick operations.” 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 328p, 16 illustrations, orig. 1963, 2002.
G1660 paperback ..........US $18.95 CAN $25.95

Mike Monte.  From the 1880's - 1940's, logging towns throughout the northern Great Lakes region of America grew like weeds around sawmills and often died when the last tree was cut.  This book presents true-life photographic images and poignant stories of the loggers and the people they touched.  We see the lumberjacks and river pigs who began the work, railroad loggers who extended the range and types of logs available, and a close-up look at one town in the wilderness. 8-1/2 x 11,128p, 168 b&w photos, 2002.
C5293 paperback ..........US $19.99 CAN $26.95

LUMBERJACK - Inside an Era in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by William S. Crowe (50th Anniversary ed.)
Lynn McGlothlin Emerick, Ann McGlothlin Weller, eds..  The lumbering and community life during the height of the white pine lumbering boom years come back to life through the "memoirs" of William Crowe, a long-time resident and eventual owner of the Chicago Lumbering Company.  His writings provide an authentic, candid look at the lives, times, and personal experiences of the lumberjacks of Michigan's timber harvesting history during these glory days.  Revised, expanded edition. 8 x 10-1/2, 144p, 78 historic photos & illustrations, 1952, 1977, 2002.
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L7739 paperback ..........US $21.95 CAN $29.95

C. Francis Belcher.  Describes 17 rail lines from the turn of the century.  Reveals why and how logging railroads came and went.  A vivid chronicle of when colorful timber barons ruled the land.  Legends, lore, historic photographs, and much more. 9 x 6, 256p, b&w photos, 1980.
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L6322 paperback ..........US $14.95 CAN $19.95

WILDMEN, WOBBLIES & WHISTLE PUNKS: Stewart Holbrook's Lowbrow Northwest
Brian Booth, ed..  A collection of the best writings of Pacific Northwest (PNW) history from the region's foremost storyteller and noted historian.  Accounts of forgotten scandals and murders; stories of forest fires, floods and other calamities; tales of loggers and life in the logging camps, and; profiles of various lowbrow characters.  A mix of solid scholarship, humor and a gift for celebrating the offbeat. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 320p, b&w photos, 1992, reprint 1994.
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W3833 paperback ..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

Ralph Andrews.  Journey into the past and rediscover for the first time the forgotten men and methods of logging history in the Northwest United States and Canada.  Contains the best photographs of a dozen famous collections: Davis and Benson rafts, river drives, hand logging spar topping big wheels in the pine, saw mills of 1890 to 1915, historical ox teams, tractors, blumes.  In this chronicle of the “Big Woods” (British Columbia to California), bunk house ballads, humorous sketches, eyewitness accounts of work and life in the tall uncut, as well as the rich photos help the reader to actually feel the old logging atmosphere. 8-1/2 x 11, 176p, b&w photos, reprint 1994.
G5932 paperback ..........US $15.95 CAN $21.95

THIS WAS LOGGING: Drama in the Northwest Timber Country
Ralph W. Andrews.  With the superb views of timber photographer Darius Kinsey, comprising 200+ pictures made from wet plate celluloid negatives, Andrews dramatically presents a panorama of lumbering's great days in the Pacific Northwest's "Big Woods" from 1890 to 1925.   Shown in sharp detail are the first axes, 12-foot crosscut saws, the first oxen and horses, the first donkey engines and "lokeys."  Then the story continues into the "highball"days, the high production period with the steel tower skidders and miles of steel rigging. 8-1/2 x 11, 157p, 200+ b&w photos, 1954, reprint 1984.
T0353 paperback ..........US $14.95 CAN $20.95

Ralph Andrews.  The reissue of the classic history about the sawmill industry in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) is rich in memories.  Superb photography combines with exciting text.  The utilitarian waterwheel, the great days of the steam sawmill, and the epic courage of the schooner masters are told in all their glory.   Andrews augments his research with anecdotes of the men who transformed logs into the building materials of a nation. The history of the industry which has gone on continuously since 1825 is brought to life. 8-1/2 x 11, 176p, b&w photos, 1994.
T5940 paperback ..........US $15.95 CAN $21.95

Donald MacKay.  A non-fiction classic for anyone interested in the early days of the Canadian logging industry.  Provides a glimpse of the men who entered the virgin forest to carve out an industry from the seemingly endless array of pine, spruce, maple and balsam fir found there.  Includes rare archival photos, maps and illustrations. 8 x 10, 320p, b&w photos + illustrations, 1998.
L9482 paperback ..........US $22.99 CAN $24.99

Bill Endert.  A novel capturing the feel of wild British Columbia (B.C.) during the height of the forest industry’s heyday.  True-to-life tales of an immigrant forester lost in the passion of B.C.’s dense rain forest.  Takes the reader through the excitement of discovery upon arrival in Canada to becoming a seasoned Timbercruiser, learning the rules of the bush the hard way. 6 x 9, 224p, 2000.
T6508 paperback ..........US $13.95 CAN $13.95

THE FOSSMILL STORY: Life in a Railway Lumbering Village on the Edge of Algonquin Park
Doug and Paul Mackey.  Tells the dramatic story of the people who lived in a company village through the boom years of the 20’s and the bust years of the Depression.  Describes the operations of the Fassett Lumber Corp. and its railway that drew logs from the highlands of Ontario’s Algonquin Park to its mill in Fossmill. 8-1/2 x 11, 224p, 350+ photos, illustrations, maps, diagrams, 1999.
F4104 paperback ..........US $28.95 CAN $29.95

WHEN GIANTS FALL: The Gilmour Quest for Algonquin Pine
Gary Long, Randy Whiteman.  Captures the drama of the rise and fall one of the lumber giants of eastern Canada, the Gilmour Company.  Chronicles its beginnings and rise to operating one of the world’s largest sawmills at Trenton to its ensuing demise.  One of the classic stories of Canadian lumbering during the era of the powerful timber barons. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, 192p, 23 b&w photos, 1998.
W5213 paperback ..........US $18.95 CAN $19.95

WOODCHIPS AND BEANS: Life in the Early Lumber Woods of Nova Scotia
Mike Parker.  A collection of memories from choppers, sawyers, mill hands, teamsters, yarders, cooks, and river drivers, enables us to look back at the end of an era, the last days of the axe and crosscut saw, horse and ox teams, wagons and sleighs, pickaroons and logjams. 7-1/4 x 10, 254p, b&w photos, 1992.
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W0236 paperback ..........US $15.95 CAN $19.95

DEADFALL: Generations of Logging in the Pacific Northwest
James LeMonds.  Documents the dramatic changes in the logging industry since the early 1900s.  Focuses on the influence of Weyerhaeuser Company, yet its themes resonate from Alaska to the American Southeast – wherever timber is king.  While spurning nostalgia for logging’s glory days, Deadfall attempts to view a future for today’s timber workers. 6 x 9, 224p, b&w photos, 2001.
D4210 paperback ..........US $16.00 CAN $21.95

TIMBER: Loggers Challenge the Great Northwest Forests
Ralph W. Andrews.  Here was the greatest stand of Douglas fir timber in existence (the "Big Woods") and here was labor for the Poles, Finns, Swedes and Norskies lured out of the Midwest to convert the mammoth trees into the lumber that helped build the West Coast cities.  Andrews presents a fascinating story - the hope, courage and tragedy in the lives of the men and women who opened up the dense native forests or as the loggers said "brought daylight into the swamp," and converted the trees into the lumber which built the West Coast cities.  Filled with nostalgic scenes/photos and an engaging style, this is a captivating  human interest story. 8-1/2 x 11, 182p, 171 b&w photos, 1985.
T0361 paperback ..........US $12.95 CAN $16.95

LOGGING BY RAIL: The British Columbia Story
Robert Turner.  Canadian Railroad Historical Association Book Award Winner.  An insightful history of railroad logging in British Columbia (B.C.), beginning with the small operations of the 1880’s, through the height of the steam era, two world wars, the Depression, the change to truck logging and the last steam, and dieselized logging lines.  Stunning photos, specialized steam equipment, maps, plans, interviews, and a carefully researched text highlight this very popular work. 8-1/2 x 11, 348p, 500+ b&w and 20 color photos, 1990.
L0651 paperback ..........US $39.95 CAN $39.95

Richard Mackie.  "Logging history, up close and personal!"  Charts the history of the largest logging concern on coastal B.C. - the Comox Logging Company - from the turn of the 20th century to the devastating Sayward fire of 1938.  Also the first social and community history of a logging company in British Columbia (B.C.).  The author interviewed 100+ people directly involved in the early loggin industry.  Rich with stories, humor, and pithy sidebars on coastal legends like Big Jack McKenzie, "Greasy" McQuinn, "Promise Bob" Filberg, "Highpockets" Hughie Cliffe, and others.  An innovative and entertaining book. 8-1/2 x 11, 248p, b&w photos, maps, 2000.
I1011 paperback ..........US $39.95 CAN $39.95


Richard Searls.  Big changes after the turn of the century and the mechanization in the 1950s cut the Maine (ME) wood's workforce in half and quickened the pace of the timber harvest.  This film discusses the impact on the workers, plus the history of organized labor and the men who risked their livelihoods to fight for better wages.  An important piece of Maine history. 40 minutes, color, 1980, 2004.
CR1495 DVD..........US $14.95 CAN $19.95

Northeast Historic Film.  Two films on one DVD!  Two different perspectives on the spring log drive on Maine’s Machias River.  The danger and excitement of the work and the diversity and skill of the river drivers in 1951 and 1952 are profiled.  “From time and beyond memory the forest has been man’s treasure house and the river his highway.”  This is a lively and sentimental look at a bygone era. 21 minutes, color, narrated.
R0519 DVD..........US $14.95 CAN $19.95

Northeast Historic Film.  A wonderfully comprehensive look at the papermaking process.  From the pulpwood being cut and peeled in the Pleasant River region of Maine to its transformation into thermal and mechanical pulp for use on "modern" paper machines, this video has it all.  River driving down the Penobscot and the work of the Maine Seaboard Company in Bucksport are shown in great detail.  Filmed in 1940 but it may surprise you how little has changed. 25 minutes, color, narrated.
F0399 DVD..........US $9.95 CAN $13.95

Vester Dick, ed..  Archival footage, photos and modern reenactments document the development of log moving technology and its impact on the land.  Takes you back to the river drives in colonial New Hampshire and then to the introduction of helicopter and balloon yarding in the Pacific Northwest.  See how geography played a role in the tools of the trade and the transportation of logs to the mills.  See timber harvesting, river drives, big wheels, the steam donkey engine, logging railroads, steam loaders, the Lombard log hauler, and early crawler tractors and fairlead arches. 34 minutes, color + b&w footage, 1981, 2008.
TM1995 DVD..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

DYNAMITE, WHISKEY & WOOD: Connecticut River Log Drives 1870-1915
Northeast Historic Films.  A documentary that brings the forgotten history of log drives back to life.  Every year, river men drove over a quarter of a million spruce logs 300 miles from the river’s headwater near Quebec to sawmills in Massachusetts.  “Tall tales that were the river lore of the 1800s are the best part.  Bars, fights and prostitution are left unmentioned in most old logging films.  Before this film it seemed that the men worked and ate beans and donuts 24/7.  Great fun!” 57 minutes, color + b&w photos & archival footage, 2006.
D1870 DVD..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

Northeast Historic Film.  Several tree species are harvested and graded.  Visit the woods, sawmill and factory operations in New England, New York and Pennsylvania.  A comprehensive look at the many uses of wood and its products - "Truly the material of a thousand uses."  This video was originally produced (1953) for The Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (NELMA). 30 minutes.
S1495 DVD ..........US $14.95 CAN $19.95

NORTHERN LOGGING: Machines in the Woods
Northeast Historic Film.  A compilation of three short films that highlight the machines that worked in the woods from 1932 to 1950 as well as the importance of forest products.  Films include: Western Logging..Then and Now (orig. 1950); The Tree in a Test Tube with Laurel & Hardy (orig. 1942) and Northern Logging (orig. 1932). 48 minutes, mostly b&w, color, sound, 2011.
N0609 DVD..........US $14.95 CAN $19.95

IN THE BLOOD: Uncovering the life, skills & character of the turn of the century Maine lumbermen and river drivers
Sumner McKane.  It was the skills, integrity and personalities of individual men that made the Maine lumber camp successful.  This video illustrates and celebrates these individuals - their character, ethics, and history - with stunning photography, films, interviews, and a compelling soundtrack.  In The Blood brings the Maine lumberman's turn-of-the-century reality to life with stories told by the men themselves. 73 minutes, b&w + color, sound + music throughout, 2011.
I1995 DVD..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

Northeast Historic Film.  An historical portrayal of the men who made their living with a buck saw and back of steel.  Shares the true life experiences of lumberjacks during the 1930’s and 1940’s as filmed by Reverend Frank Reed, one of the many itinerant preachers, or “sky pilots,” who visited lumber camps in the North Country. 60 minutes, color, b&w, silent with narration.
L1995 DVD..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

THE TREES STILL GROW: A History of Berlin, NH
Northeast Historic Film.  The story of one New England mill town, like so many everywhere.  Join former loggers, mill workers, historians, and environmentalists as they relive the colorful past of Berlin, New Hampshire.  Discover how it grew from a small logging town to a diverse and progressive city. 30 minutes, color and b&w, sound.
T1995 video ..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

KING SPRUCE: Pulpwood Operations in New England, ca. 1940
Northeast Historic Film.  A detailed account of spruce-wood harvesting in Northern New England.  Pulp cutters demonstrate, in great detail, their tools and techniques - assemble axes, use pulp hooks and cant dogs, load a horse-drawn sled, and more. 23 min., color, sound.
K1940 DVD ..........US $14.95 CAN $19.95

TIMBER IS A CROP: Pulpwood Harvesting in the 1940s and 1950s
Northeast Historic Film.  Three segments examine the pulp and paper industry of 50 years ago.  Describes the history of timber harvesting, the pulpwood process from seed to inside the pulp mill, and the impact of new tools and equipment on the cutting and transportation of logs in the Northeast. 66 minutes, color and b&w, sound.
T1695 DVD ..........US $16.95 CAN $22.95

FROM STUMP TO SHIP: A 1930 Logging Film
Northeast Historic Film.  "The most complete look at the long-log industry."  Features men hand cutting trees, horse-drawn sleds, skilled river drivers, and work in the steam-powered mill.  Remarkably detailed scenes, filmed year round, are enhanced by the 1930 original script, read here by humorist Tim Sample. 28 min., b&w, sound.
F1930 DVD ..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

Northeast Historic Film.  Unforgettable individuals who worked for the Machias Lumber Company before 1930 share their recollections of a vanished world of winter life in rough-hewn lumber camps, a spring of raging waters, frozen boots and life-threatening log jams, and summer in the deafening mill as bare hands hold wood to unguarded saw blades.  Gold Medal, International Film & TV Festival. 30 min., color and b&w, sound.
W1995 DVD ..........US $19.95 CAN $26.95

Northeast Historic Film.  Shows the ways of life of two woodsmen, Walter Lane and Bob Wagg, over four (4) seasons in the remote backwoods of Maine.  The two also share their reflections on friendship, women, money, the lone life, and death.  An amusing, insightful, sometime outrageous, look at the lives of these men living off the land.  This version adds never-seen original footage, as well as interviews with Bob Wagg and the filmmakers. 67 min., color, sound.
D2495 DVD ..........US $24.95 CAN $33.95

Northeast Historic Film.  A collection of five pulpwood industry training films of the mid-1940’s: "It Pays to be Trained;" "Helpful Hints in Preparing Pulpwood;" "Use & Care of a Bucksaw;" "Twitching," and; "Your Cord of Wood."  Full of hints and suggestions for the aspiring woodsman.  How to use hand tools, horses, and other lost arts. 58 min., color and b&w, sound.
S1695 DVD..........US $16.95 CAN $22.95

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