This is the story of a vanished American industry - a tale of woodsmen and river drivers active before 1930 - in the Machias River Valley of down east Maine. The survivors of a world of almost inconceivable danger and discomfort share their lives, and their story unfolds with exceptional 1930s footage from the Machias Lumber Company.
"Woodsmen and River Drivers" carries us back to winter life in rough-hewn lumbercamps, a spring of raging waters, frozen boots, and life-threatening log jams. We hear of drivers drowning in the icy flood. We witness summer in the deafening mill as bare hands hold wood from unguarded saw blades. Finally, we accompany the lumber to port for loading aboard the last of the Machias schooners.
A vivid historical chronicle, "Woodsmen and River Drivers" is also an emotional experience. You will long remember the pride of people whose everyday life took ingenuity, raw muscle and skill. DVD. 30 minutes, 1989.