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    I enjoy watching the television shows about mining in Alaska…. May I say they are nothing like this video shows about mining in the 60s. I know that I have said on some of these videos that my back aches watching people work so hard…. When I watched this one, I not only thought that […]
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postheadericon Building an Alaskan Log Cabin

Shortly after graduating from high school John Baker set off for Alaska… I suppose it had always been a dream of him to go where few had gone before him.. Back in the early 50s there was not much in Alaska except wide open space..

My grandfather who was a welder, rigged John’s flatbed truck to be able to haul a small hut with him when he went to explore that wide open space.

During his time in Alaska he filmed lots of his adventures….I am posting them here for all to see. These videos are from the John Baker collection held by the Alaska Film Archives. I hope you enjoy them.

The first video in the series in about building a log cabin in Alaska… Just watching this made my back ache from all of the physical labor that went into building this cabin…..

If you enjoy learning about the way things use to be done.. you may enjoy this book called
The lost Ways. Just take a look at the Table of Content for an idea of all this book has to offer.

Next up in this series of videos is Snowshoeing in Deep Snow Country

John Baker narrates a film in which he builds a log cabin from the ground up in the northern Southcentral region of Alaska. He and his trapping partner Gene Lanzaro clear a site for the cabin, burn brush, peel and cut notches in logs, builds walls, install the roof and a window, assemble a chimney for the stove, collect water from a nearby creek, and haul firewood with help from John’s dog Queenie. John Baker filmed the sequence in 1965 and added narration in about 2000 (Color/Sound/16mm film). This sequence contains excerpts from AAF-16367 from the John Baker collection held by the Alaska Film Archives, a unit of the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections & Archives Department in the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information please contact the Alaska Film Archives.

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