Photos, Prints, Drawings Opie Aldman, of B&T Logging Contractors, unchaining logs from a bulldozer
Photos, Prints, Drawings
Eiler, Lyntha Scott
Year Round Work
- Opie Aldman, of B&T Logging Contractors, unchaining logs from a bulldozer
- Contributor Names
- Aldman, Opie (Depicted)
- Eiler, Lyntha Scott (Photographer)
- Created / Published
- September 28, 1995
- Subject Headings
- - Logging
- - Fall
- - September
- - Year-round work
- - Ethnography
- - Photographs
- - West Virginia -- Kanawha County -- Canterbury Hollow
- - West Virginia -- Rock Creek
- - The extraction of coal and timber has for the past century formed a "boom and bust" economy for people living in the mountains. Conversations with residents and foresters reveal a contrast between two modes of forest management, one market-based, the other community-based. A community-based mode of forestry, rooted in a historical system of forest-farming with Cherokee and Celtic antecedents (cite source), nurtures a sense of reciprocity among humans, animals, and the land. A number of project participants expressed misgivings about destroying "den trees," "bee trees," and nut trees, for example. "I worked with a man in Hazy who would not cut a hickory," said Danny Williams. "He would not cut a hickory. The boss had to go along behind him and cut all the hickories." Depicted in these photos is a "selective cut," which means that the property owner identified the species and size of timber that could be harvested.
- - Event: Logging.
- 35 mm Color Slide
- Call Number
- AFC 1999/008: CRF-LE-C009-12
- Source Collection
- Coal River Folklife Collection (AFC 1999/008)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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