Spiked Boots: Sketches of the North Country

By: Robert E. Pike , foreword by Helen-Chantal Pike

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Book Details: 288 pages, paperback, b & w photographs, Countryman Press / W.W. Norton & Co., Inc


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In the days of log drives on the rivers of New England, whenever a riverman was killed on the drive, his comrades hung his spiked boots on a tree to mark the spot. As a youth, Robert Pike spotted such a pair of boots, and from that moment was born his lifelong fascination with the colorful history of the New England logging industry.

The dozens of tales he collected are narrated here by "Old Vern, " a cantankerous backwoods character. Here are legends and wild anecdotes of the loggers and rivermen who worked in the woods and on the Connecticut and Androscoggin Rivers, plying their romantic, dangerous trade in the early part of this century. Others tell of "quaint characters" and "unusual specimens of God's carelessness" -- people like Ginseng Willard, who slept in a coffin for two years just to get used to it, or Ervin Palmer, a hermit who dreamed of making a violin that would duplicate the sounds of the natural world.

Although Pike was a respected scholar and historian and the author of many books, Spiked Boots is the one he wanted to be remembered by. We are proud to restore to print this important piece of New England folk history.

Title: Spiked Boots: Sketches of the North Country

Author: Robert E. Pike , foreword by Helen-Chantal Pike

Categories: Trades & Occupations, New England,

Publisher: Countryman Press / W.W. Norton & Co., Inc:

ISBN Number: 0-88150-436-X

ISBN Number 13: 9780881504361

Binding: Paperback

Book Details: 288 pages, paperback, b & w photographs, Countryman Press / W.W. Norton & Co., Inc

Seller ID: 50436X

Description: In the days of log drives on the rivers of New England, whenever a riverman was killed on the drive, his comrades hung his spiked boots on a tree to mark the spot. As a youth, Robert Pike spotted such a pair of boots, and from that moment was born his lifelong fascination with the colorful history of the New England logging industry.
The dozens of tales Pike collected are narrated here by "Old Vern," a cantankerous backwoods character. Here are legends and wild anecdotes of the loggers and rivermen who worked in the woods and on the Connecticut and Androscoggin Rivers, plying their romantic, dangerous trade in the early part of this century.
Although Pike was a respected scholar and historian and the author of many books, Spiked Boots is the one he wanted to be remembered by. The Countryman Press edition features a new foreword by Helen-Chantal Pike, who grew up hearing her father's tales as bedtime stories.

Reviews
"No one ever wrote better than Robert Pike about the lumberers, river drivers, teamsters, two-fisted brawlers, rum runners, and all-purpose rapscallions of northern New England. Spiked Boots is a sheer delight to read and re-read-a North Country classic." —Howard Frank Mosher, author of Disappearances
288 pages, paperback, b & w photographs, Countryman Press / W.W. Norton & Co., Inc