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Tyer’s Sawmill (1976)

Ouida Whitaker Dean

Sound | 1976

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  •  Filing blades in a sawmill 
  •  “Tyer’s Sawmill, 1976” 
  •  Interview with a blade filer 
  •  Interview with a sawyer 
  •  Explanation of the “old carriage,” the equipment used before hydraulic machinery replaced it 
  •  Montage of the log cutting process 
  •  Sawdust production 
  •  End credits 
  •  Film made possible through the Texas Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts 
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This student film from the Ouida Whitaker Dean Collection documents the operations of a sawmill in Shelby County, Tyer’s Sawmill, in 1976. Students interview a saw filer and a sawyer, both of whom explain their work processes and the machinery they use. Scenes of the machinery in use are also included. Please note that this film contains racial slurs, reflecting racism that was common at the time of this film's production. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image does not condone this language, but presents this film as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim that this language and our culture's racist attitudes never existed.