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      Example of lumberjack scrimshaw work. Image from the New Brunswick Museum.

      Example of lumberjack scrimshaw work. Image from the New Brunswick Museum.

      LUMBERJACKS | ALL IN A DAY’S WORK

      While a sailor might put a ship in a bottle, lumberjacks were not to be outdone in their scrimshaw work. This wood, ivory, bead and wool structure derives from a religious impulse, as the bells and cross indicate. Priests and ministers rarely visited lumber camps, given their relative isolation. The creator of this sculpture was obviously a lumberjack who wanted to keet his faith alive.

      CANADIANA FUN FACT

      When a priest or minister arrived in camp, the cookhouse served as a church since it was often the place with the most space.

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