Etymologically, “loge” (lodge) comes from the Old Frankish word laubja (foliage hut). The lodge, precarious housing typical of the forest proletariat, was usually built by loggers or coal workers directly on the cutting areas.
The third postcard of the series « The forest in Nivernais » features a group of three women weighed down with dead wood. The photograph was taken in Beaumont-la-Ferrière, a village bordering the Bertranges forest.
The second postcard of the series « The Forest in Nivernais » shows a woodcutter practicing a directional cut on a tree in the Bertranges forest. This action, consisting of making a kind of pivot hinge, allows the woodcutter to guide the tree in its fall.