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VIDEO: ‘A mighty fine piece of wood’

This clip is part of a larger body of work shot and produced by William Harry Pfaffle of Fayette, Maine. He made five films for the state Department of Economic Development to promote tourism.

The films include scenes of what life was like in Maine in the ’50s. They include shots from the Maranacook Water Carnival, outboard racing, the Readfield Water Ski Show, lake cruising, fishing, sailing on the ocean and myriad other examples of classic Maine recreation and culture.

The short clip on boatbuilding is part of the longer film The Bounding Maine.

This film, and others like it, are preserved by Northeast Historic Film, an organization that collects and preserves the film and video record of northern New England.

You can watch the full film here.