Early days on the co-op building site
|Filmed by John Blake, 1953-1956|
John Blake continued to capture the “sweat equity” and camaraderie on the worksite throughout the build, from the early days of clearing the land, to the grueling job of making cement and hauling bricks.
Without the wonderful footage John recorded, it is unlikely the children and grandchildren of co-op families would have understood the enormity of the co-operative homebuilding effort. What a delight it has been for them to see their young fathers (or grandfathers) working together and having fun, too.
This is a silent video.
Shot is of a group of people clearing trees and pulling them out of the way
Next shots are different angles of people clearing trees with different people in each shot. Some looking at the camera others chopping, sawing, and pulling trees out of the way.
A wider angle showing more of the are with more people working.
two men picking up brush and one is fanning the other with a branch while the other man pushes him away playfully
Man picking up brush with a fire going in the background.
New scene – there is snow on the ground and the view is towards the escarpment there are men working in the foreground with shovels and a cement mixer.
Men are using wheelbarrows to move cement and pour footings and foundations
More scenes of mixing, forming, leveling and pouring cement from a red cement mixer.