Item F1984:10/005 - Lumbering in British Columbia

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Lumbering in British Columbia

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Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau

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  • 1925 (Creation)

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1 film reel (00:07:58 ; 287 ft) : reduction print, b&w, silent with inter-titles ; 16 mm

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The item is a reel of documentary film. "'[In] this educational film, replete with scenic beauties, is depicted, in graphic manner, the lumbering operations, from the felling of the giant trees to the export shipping of the finished product.'" View up a tall Douglas fir. At the base two men are examining the trunk. Two notches are cut and springboards placed in them. The two men test the springboards, then make an undercut with saw and axe, both men chopping. The men test the direction of the falling tree by putting the head of the axe into the notched undercut and sighting down the handle. They begin to saw through from the other side with a Swedish fiddle. The tree falls, five men stand on the stump. View of the end of the tree, shot of the length of the tree. Two buckers arrive and begin to saw the tree into manageable lengths. [Long shot] high rigger at the top of a spar after topping. A log is lifted off the ground by a steel cable. Good view of a donkey engine working. Log moving down skid-way. Head-on shot of log plunging into a pond with spectacular spray. Logs are formed into Davis rafts in the bay. [Long shot] large boom of logs. Logs piled at the mill, a donkey working, sheds, etc. Good shot of a heap of logs with red ensign on a boat in the [foreground]. Logs being loaded onto a BC Electric flatcar. Train moves out on way to mill, passing a little station, etc. [Long shot] Hastings Saw Mill with rafts and booms of logs spread out before it. Log being drawn up endless chain into the saws. Shot of booms. Good shots of log on carriage being squared by saw with operator in [foreground]. Men receiving lumber on green chain. Scene in the lumber yard where lumber is being sorted, graded and piled. Big timbers being pushed down a ramp into a pile. Long timbers on a speeder on the [railroad] tracks in the mill. Long timbers being loaded onto a chute where they slide down onto a pile of lumber." (Colin Browne)

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A digital copy is available under call number V1989_31_001_01.mp4.
A VHS reference copy is available, V1989:31/1.3.
VHS reference copy (incorrect speed), V1985:07 REF.
U-Matic master video (incorrect speed), V1985:07.

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Copyright expired.

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References: Listed in Browne, "Motion Picture Production in B.C.", entry #0531.

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Accession number(s): F1984:10

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Previously described as AAAA1248.

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producing agency/company: Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau

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