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1 – The Forest in Nivernais – The cut of coppice

8 February 2018

The series of postcards « The Forest in Nivernais », published in 1903 by the folklorist poet Achille Millien, immersed us into the heart of the Bertranges forest to discover centuries-old practices of woodworkers and picturesque scenes of everyday life.

The series of postcards « The Forest in Nivernais », published in 1903 by the folklorist poet Achille Millien, immersed us into the heart of the Bertranges forest to discover centuries-old practices of woodworkers and picturesque scenes of everyday life.

Millien, who devoted his life to collect traditions of his « little Nivernaise homeland », has embelllished the postcards with poems dedicated to the forest and related activities. A century later, the first verses of the poet resonate louder than ever in a context of rediscovery of the benefits and therapeutic virtues of the forest : « Mais la forêt vaste et puissante, / La forêt aux aspects changeants / Toujours reste compatissante / Et secourable aux pauvres gens. / Elle appelle en sa solitude / Les cœurs que la ville a blessés : / Combien qui, déçus et lassés, / Trouvent en elle quiétude ! »

The postcard « Winter II – the cut of coppice », printed from a photograph of vicomte Raoul d’Anchald, staged two woodcutters, presumably in the center of a cutting place, located in a plot of the Bertranges forest : « Par la scie et par la cognée / Le bois se tranche, et les rondins / Qu’entassent, bûcheron, tes mains, / Se dressent en pile alignée. » It appears that the two men are busy shaping a log (delimbing and cutting the crown of the fallen tree). The branches resulting from the shaping are stacked to make firewood while the log is reserved for the noble uses of the wood insdustry such as carpentry or cooperage.

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