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Wood Crafts series (Les Métiers du Bois)

Wood Crafts series

by Jacqueline Veuve
color, 1987-2008

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A series of ten short films about traditional wood tradesmen of Switzerland.

These films take a close look into the life and craft of a group of men who make their living from working with wood, including a cooper, a luthier, a toy-maker, a carpenter and sculptor, a pair of shingle-makers, a turner, and others.

"Hats off to Jacqueline Veuve for making a major contribution to Swiss cinema at the end of the eighties. In this fresco comprising seven portraits, the images are profound. What common ground is there between the gestures, the words and the hearts of these men? The answer is: a metaphysical relationship between wood and a way of life.” — Bertil Galland, 24 heures

Films in the Wood Crafts series:
Armand Rouiller, Sledge-maker
Arnold Golay, Toy-maker
The Bapst Brothers, Carriers
Claude Lebet, Luthier
François Pernet, Carpenter and Sculptor
Joseph Doutaz & Olivier Veuve, Shingle-makers
Marcellin Babey, Turner
Michel Marlétaz, Cooper
Pink Mountain Sand
A Little Corner of Paradise (Un Petit Coin de Paradis)

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