Woodsmen, Horses, and Dynamite: Rough Pulpwood Operating in Northwestern Maine, 1935 – 1940, by C. Max Hilton, F.E.

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From a contemporary point of view, this historical account will be of interest to historians, foresters, loggers, students of management, and environmentalists. All materials, labor, and supplies are detailed in careful tabular form. In addition to its authoritative text, the book’s sixty-three plates of logging equipment, many of them fully dimensioned, provide an excellent and unique source of information on the technology of traditional forest work.

66 illustrations and 2 fold-out maps, 197 pages, sewn softcover.

Description

Maine was the birthplace of the forest industry as a major enterprise in the United States.  This book, first published by the University of Maine Press in 1942, describes the methodology and costs of producing massive amounts of pulpwood in Maine’s northern forest, using manual labor aided only by horses and an occasional stick of dynamite.  The book details the management practices of this resource at a key juncture in its history — just after forest tractors and other motorized vehicles were first put into use, and while horses were still a major part of logging operations.  Waterway modifications are described, as are the building of tote-roads, which were the basis of the extensive private road system in the northern Maine woods.

From a contemporary point of view, this historical account will be of interest to historians, foresters, loggers, students of management, and environmentalists. All materials, labor, and supplies are detailed in careful tabular form. In addition to its authoritative text, the book’s sixty-three plates of logging equipment, many of them fully dimensioned, provide an excellent and unique source of information on the technology of traditional forest work.

C. Max Hilton (1894–1955) graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Civil Engineering in 1917 and a degree in Forest Engineering (F.E.) in 1941. A lifelong resident of Greenville, Maine, he worked as an executive in the Great Northern Paper Company Woodlands Department for thirty-three years.  Richard A. Hale (1921-2015), editor and author of the preface for this edition, was Associate Professor Emeritus in Wood Technology at the University of Maine.

66 illustrations and 2 fold-out maps, 197 pages, sewn softcover.