• Winter in Tilting
  • Winter in Tilting
Winter in Tilting
Winter in Tilting

Winter in Tilting

  • The Story

Winter in Tilting: Slide Hauling in a Newfoundland Outport by Robert Mellin is about "slide hauling," a type of seasonal winter work using horses, which was common until the late 1980s in Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland. Maintaining the slide paths was a communal activity: oral history describing the slide hauling process, watercolours of memorable places along the paths revealing place, maps and photographs from the author's 1988 trip on the winter slide path with his Newfoundland dog Sophie and with Andrew and Neil McGrath and their horse Brandy extend the metaphor of Newfoundland traditions as slow art.

 

Below each watercolour a small map with a red dot animates the moving locations along the path, and under this map the place name is identified. On facing pages, transcripts of interviews on slide hauling conducted in 1988 with Ted Burke, Dan Greene, Fergus Burke, Pearce Dwyer and Jim Greene are presented. None of the men from their generation are alive today, and the information in this book is just a small sample of the deep knowledge they had of Fogo Island's landscape and history. Mellin's glorious watercolours show winter's changing light and weather conditions from early morning to early evening.

$35.00