From stump to ship

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  • Creator a film by Alfred Ames ; produced by David Weiss and Karen Sheldon
  • Format Videos, Slides, Films
  • Contributors
  • Publication Orono, Me. : University of Maine at Orono, 1985.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 videocassette (28 min.) : sound, black and white ; 1/2 in
  • OCLC ocm14290272
  • Credits
    • Tim Sample
    • 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


  • 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 uniqued 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.


  • Consultants: David C. Smith, Edward Ives, Richard Judd, Jonathan Tankel.
  • A project of the University of Maine at Orono under a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and Champion International Corporation. Project director, Henry Nevison. Co-sponsored by Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History. Producers, Sheldon Weiss Productions.
  • Originally produced as a motion picture in 1930.
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