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Canadian Plywood Association fonds
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A foundation for the future

Industrial film. "A step by step look at all aspects of the construction of a preserved wood foundation for the basement of a single family home. Detailed coverage from excavation of the site to the finished lower living level area in the completed home." (COFI catalogue description)

Canadian Plywood Association fonds

  • PR-2178
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1989

The fonds consists of prints and/or printing elements of motion picture films that were distributed by the Canadian Plywood Association (CPA) or its predecessors, the Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia (COFI) and the Plywood Manufacturers Association of British Columbia (PMA). Most of the films were produced between 1955 and 1989 for the COFI or the PMA by three BC companies: Canawest Film Productions, Kelly Duncan Productions, or Lew Parry Film Productions. The films deal with with the harvesting of trees, the manufacture of wood and wood products (including plywood, shakes, shingles, etc.), and the use of these products in the construction industry.

Canadian Plywood Association

Come winter, come harvest

Promotional film. "This film looks at harvesting, forest husbandry, sawmilling and end uses of Spruce-Pine-Fir from British Columbia's northern interior, a unique area with a large and technologically sophisticated forest industry. Title of the film stems from the practice of winter logging of this softwood species group, which is the most abundant in Canada." (COFI catalogue description)

Home sweet cedar : [English version]

Promotional film. "The story of two of North America's most historic building materials, Western Red Cedar shingles and hand-split shakes. Interspersed with logging, manufacturing and contemporary application sequences, [the film] traces evolution of shingles and shakes from the dawn of the industry to the present day." (COFI catalogue description)

Pacific coast hemlock : the natural choice

Educational film. "A good 'short course' in the recovery of clear wood fibre from different grades of Pacific Coast Hemlock, an old-growth, fine grained timber from British Columbia's coastal forests. Sequences in millwork plants show the manufacture of ladders, doors, windows, spindles, mouldings, panelling, and other items. A film of special interest for those in the millwork industry as well as woodworking instructors and students." (COFI catalogue description)

The plywood story

Industrial film. The production, special qualities and varied uses of plywood -- in construction, in industry and on the farm. The film's whimsical commentary is provided by a movie cameraman who is seen shooting footage on the subject for a documentary. Filmed in B.C., with scenes in Saskatchewan, Winnipeg and elsewhere in Canada.

The way of wood

Promotional film. "Explains the platform frame method of construction by following a house building project from start to finish. International examples are used to demonstrate the versatility of this building system." (COFI catalogue description)

To build a better world : [English version]

Promotional film. "An in depth look at the manufacture and use of plywood as a high technology structural building material in the modern world. A dramatic visual presentation from its opening shot of Stonehenge at sunrise to its closing montage of wide ranging plywood applications." (COFI catalogue description)