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Mr Coperthwaite: a life in the Maine Woods

Original title Mr Coperthwaite: a life in the Maine Woods


In 1960, Bill Coperthwaite bought 300 acres of wilderness in Machiasport, Maine. Influenced by the poetry of Emily Dickinson and by the back to the land movement of Scott and Helen Nearing, Bill Coperthwaite is committed to what he calls “a handmade life.” For the last fifty years, Bill Coperthwaite has lived and worked in the forest. He is a builder of yurts, and a maker of spoons, bowls and chairs.

Author/s Anna Grimshaw

Anna Grimshaw is an anthropologist and filmmaker. She has made a number of documentaries in northern England, including Mr Wade (2003) and her video collaboration with British artist, Elspeth Owen, Material Woman was completed in 2005. She is the author of The Ethnographer’s Eye: Ways of Seeing in Modern Anthropology (2001) and, with co-author (with Amanda Ravetz) of Observational Cinema: Anthropology, Film and the Exploration of Social Life (2009).

Research Anna Grimshaw
Photography Anna Grimshaw
Sound Anna Grimshaw
Editing Anna Grimshaw