EPISODE 827 IMAGINATION AND A STUMP FENCE
EPISODE 826 CELEBRATING THE MONTH OF MAY 2023
EPISODE 825 WHT WE BOUGHT OR BARGAINED..SET SALE MAY 2023 MATTHEW BOLTON, MRTIN BUDD
Fwd: EPISODE 823 ALAN, WE ARE CLEARING THE MOVIE SET”
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From: ALAN SKEOCH <email@example.com>Subject: Fwd: EPISODE 822 ALAN, WE ARE CLEARING THE MOVIE SET”Date: May 26, 2023 at 12:13:42 PM EDTTo: Paul Caron <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Matthew Bolton <email@example.com>
I ASSUME THIS STORY IS SAFE TO SEND OUT….AVOIDS PROBLEMS WITH SET….NO NAMES, NO DETAIL PICS OF SET
I HAVE EVERYTHING STOWED AWAY EXCEPT FOR CRATES…..SEEMS YOU GUYS ARE VER BUSY…NO NEED TO RESPONDALAN.
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EPISODE 823 “ALAN, WE ARE CLEARING THE MOVIE SET”alan skeochmay 21, 2023
Marjorie found the only living plant in the whole 5 square km movie setWHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MOVIE SHUTS DOWN? DEMOLITION AND DISPERSALMartin and Matthew called us one morning a few days ago.“Perhaps you and Marjorie might be interested in some of the things we had for the movie.”(name of movie withheld)“Sure thing.”“We’ll send a limousine around to pick you up.”“We can drive ““The set is hard to find even though it covered 5 square kilometres of buildings. Best we pickyou up. The place has security people. You know what movie making entails. Secrecy.”NOTE: This story avoids specifics. All pictures of the movie set … i.e. the village that was constructedhas been deleted. So the privacy of movie making has been respected. There is stillmuch to see.
A stretched limousine picked us up. The driver, John,said we had him for the day. And it took a full day….two huge locations, a sound stAge and an open air site.Why were we treated so well? Because some of the things we rented to them needed to be eye balled.And some tHings were for sale.The site was hidden behind wall after wall of gigantic 53 foot long shipping containers piled on topof each other. There was a gate house and a security guard. John had clearance. We felt like royalty.
STUMP FENCES — 25 CENTS PER STUMP…’UGLY AS A STUMP FENCE”
FAR RIGHT ENGRAVING BY W.J. BENNETT, 1787-1844
Mrs. Anna Jameson’s described a girdled forest she saw on the main road between Hamilton and Branford. “[For] a space of about three miles, bordered entirely on each side by dead trees, which had been artificially blasted by fire or girdling. It was a ghastly forest of tall white spectres, strangely contrasting with the glowing luxurious foliage all around…Without exactly believing the assertion of the old philosopher, that a tree feels the first stroke of the axe, I know I never witness nor hear that first stroke without a shudder; and as yet I cannot look on with indifference, far less share the Canadian’s exultation, when these huge oaks, these umbrageous elms and stately pines, are lying prostrate, lopped of all their hours, and piled in heaps with the brushwood, to be fired,—or burned down to a charred and blackened fragment,—or standing leafless, sapless, seared, ghastly, having ben ‘girdled’ and left to perish.” (Anna Jameson: Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada, 1838, Vol. II, pp. 102-3)
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The stump or root fences on the Corner road remind me of fossil remains of mastodons, etc., exhumed and bleached in sun and rain.
— Henry David Thoreau, Journal (July 19, 1851)
Both photos: “A New England stump fence,” ca. 1890-1901, by Detroit Publishing Co., via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
I had heard of ‘stumperies,’ but not of stump fences (sometimes called root fences), however now I’ve learned that . . .
[s]tump fences, as their name implies, were made by dragging the stumps of trees to the edge of a field and placing them side by side, with their interlacing roots facing outward and their trunks inward. In the days when “ugly as a stump fence” was a simile in common usage, the stump fence had its critics, but in 1837 one observer called it “a singular fence…needing no mending, and lasting the ‘for ever’ of this world.” “The devil himself couldn’t move a stump fence,” farmers used to say, an opinion borne out by the fact that stump fences well over a hundred years old can still be seen in parts of Canada and in the Midwest.
Stumps were often the product of the first clearing of the land, but stump fences didn’t appear in the first generation of a settlement’s fences because stumps need to sit in the ground for six to ten years before they are loose enough to be pulled out and hauled away. Extracting even a loosened stump was never easy; it required oxen and strong chains, something that many settlers lacked at first. In the 1800s, stump pulling would become a cash business and one way that a man could make a good living. Twenty-five cents a stump was the standard price in 1850 when men operating such mechanical stump pullers as the “Portable Goliath,” “The Little Giant,” and “Roger’s Patent Extractor” could extract from twenty to fifty stumps a day.