Logging history explored in this new, one-of-a-kind DVD.
Is there nothing so rare as a day in the woods?
Especially if you stumble upon a railroad that takes you back in time.
A Day in the Woods
Carefully restored old films and exclusive new footage help tell the story of logging in North America.
Authentic photo freights of steam logging trains gives added detail to old footage shot in the woods.
(All photos on this page are screen shots from the film.)
Lumber was North America’s first major export. A Day In The Woods explores North America’s unique logging heritage going way back to earliest colonial days.
Our new DVD is both entertaining for all the rare motion picture scenes presented, as well as a film of discovery.
It is broken down into indexed chapters for educational purposes as well as enjoyment.
Hobbyists who are into modeling railroading will particularly appreciate seeing how logging operations, steam yarding, and railroad equipment was operated in the woods.
Using as much action footage as possible, we see hand-felling of trees the way the colonists had to do it. We see ways they devised to move logs through the woods using only hand tools, horse and oxen.
You’ll see the evolution of simple innovations as early loggers grappled with timber stands that became increasingly remote. Moving logs was always the biggest challenge.
You’ll see dangerous river log drives that took many a man’s life as they fought to keep the logs moving.
You’ll see how logging the prized cypress trees from the swamps of the Southern States required a whole different approach than in the mountains of the North.
With the arrival of steam power, you’ll see how locomotives had to be redesigned to handle the special demands of often rickety logging railroads.
Many an impressive railroad trestle was engineered in the woods without even a blueprint.
All manner of mechanical marvels were developed to increase the efficiency of logging operations.
Logging Camps and Authentic Sounds
You’ll see the evolution of the logging camps from tents into portable towns where whole families grew up.
Rarely seen films of steam donkeys, yarders, and loaders have been synchronized with authentic recordings made in the woods of steam logging equipment at work.
You’ll see harvesting the big trees of the West Coast.
See the evolution of yarding operations in action.
Logs ponds where logs are sorted.
Sawmills small and large.
An old paper mill.
The loading of finished lumber onto trains and ships in ways we no longer see.
The introduction of the 1st Caterpillar Tractor into the woods showed how the days of logging railroads were numbered.
A Day In The Woods also traces the beginnings of forest replanting. The critical importance of maintaining healthy forests is powerfully revealed.
In the final chapter of the film, we follow the transition from steam power to the highly-mechanized logging done today.
I received the A DAY IN THE WOODS yesterday and watched it today. Quality work as I thought I was watching a PBS history show. A good history lesson on the logging industry back then and how it relates to the help from the geared and rod locomotives…. I did enjoy the close-up action scenes…. the close up of the gears and the re-railing action of the tank engine that got derailed. Again, quality work.
Your excellent videos (A DAY IN THE WOODS and STEAM UP IN THE MOUNTAINS) arrived safely. I am absolutely thrilled with both of them and will be ordering more down the rails a bit.
British Columbia, Canada
A DAY IN THE WOODS came yesterday. I really enjoyed it. The DVD tells a story more than any I’ve seen and the old footage is great. Good work!
A lot of the old film was very difficult to appreciate due to deterioration and neglect. Some of the footage was so shaky, we thought it really couldn’t be used. But, thanks to available image-restoration processing, we can now enjoy some un-duplicatable action in the context of a comprehensive overview of our logging history.
Important railroad action is enhanced in A Day In The Woods by incorporating footage of carefully restored and authentically staged steam locomotives in the woods on an old logging line.
More Customer Feedback:
Well done! I cannot tell you how long it’s been since I’ve enjoyed a video as much. I am anxious to get back to it to watch it again (and again). Skillful, professional, and obviously labored-over. I highly recommend it.
Received my dvd (of A DAY IN THE WOODS) here in the UK yesterday and had a wonderful two hours watching it – congratulations, it’s another marvelous offering. You’ve done yourselves proud with this one.
Wiltshire, Great Britain
A Day In The Woods arrived yesterday and we watched it after supper last night, Both my wife and myself thoroughly enjoyed this DVD, as we did with the last disc, too (The Rock Trains). Many Thanks and Best Regards
A DAY IN THE WOODS was far more than I had expected. This was not only about locos but a real history lesson on logging in the United States. We had a big get together last night for “A Day In The Woods” … If there is any one thing I can say is that you hit a homerun with this movie. What a joy it was to see all the old footage that you provided. The movie flowed as smooth as a Shay on a long uphill grade. I can understand now why it took so long to get all of this together with your extreme attention to detail. I am so proud to have purchased “A Day In The Woods” with an extra copy as a gift.
The logging steam engines and train consists are courtesy of the ever-expanding railroad collection of the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad in Washington State.
A great debt of gratitude is owed to all the photographers who thought to take a picture of such an ordinary thing as another Day In The Woods.
(Especially photographers Clark & Darius Kinsey (see picture below.)
A Day In The Woods can be revisited many times for all the detail presented.
The DVD even offers the ability to do repeat viewings without narration allowing the images and sounds to highlight the action surrounding the story.
A Day In The Woods is presented in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound.
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