Wood Workers

A photographer documents the faces of logging in the North Maine Woods and beyond

From the time the first sawmill opened in South Berwick in 1634 to the 1830s when Bangor was the world’s largest lumber port, from the mechanization of the industry in the twentieth century to the industry’s current focus on sustainability, logging has been part of the fabric of Maine. In an industry constantly changing and reinventing itself, the one constant has been the woodsmen. In many ways the faces here represent Maine itself: hardy, resourceful, and determined. Keenly in tune with the land, they continue to provide, as their predecessors did, the foundational materials for building and maintaining strong communities.

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