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Timber and transport of the trunks

Once tree trunks were cut they passed to the next phase of production: elimination of branches, bark and prepartion to be hauled down to the valley. Logs were cut to similar length and girth and, taken to stockpiles near natural canals so they could be hauled down the valley.
Each trunk had a hole drilled so it could be bound together with leather or wire cords. Men pulled the loads at times with the help of animals but poor footing limited their contribution to heavy lifting over short distances.
Artificial canals 'risine or resene' were built with trunks or rocks lining the canal making it a shute measuring 80 cm wide and up to 70 deep. More recently electrical lines have created new access and canals used to bring wood down from the forrests.
Managing loads of timber has always been a dangerous occupation for men at all phases of the production line. A special signal system was depeloped by the woodsmen, 'boschieri', warning of trunks leaving and arriving at their destination.

 

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