Ben's Mill (1981)

About the Film

Ben Thresher's mill is one of the few water-powered, wood-working mills left in this country. Operating in rural Vermont since 1848, the mill is a unique link between the age of craft and the age of modern industry. In this excerpt, Ben uses his machines and finely crafted tools to turn out a horsedrawn sled for his neighbors in the farming community. The film evokes the quality of rural New England life, and at the same time provides a close, step-by-step view of Ben's woodworking processes. The complete one hour film can be ordered from Documentary Educational Resources.


Academy Award Nominee


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Michel Chalufour, John Karol, the distributor Documentary Educational Resources, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Michel Chalufour, John Karol
  • Produced by: Michael Ambrosino
  • Cinematographer: John Karol
  • Sound: Michel Chalufour
  • Editor: Michel Chalufour and John Karol
  • Other Credits: Advisors for the Vermont Folklife Project of the Woodstock Foundation were Scott Hastings and Geraldine Ames. Narrated by William Eddy.
  • Funding: Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Polaroid.
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1981, Public Broadcasting Associates, Inc.
  • 26 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Arts & Crafts, TraditionalRegionalWork