Throughout the Alps, before the advent of machinery, the woodsmen used to stack the tree trunks in a special way. In Valfloriana, in eastern Trentino, the method is still used today and is called "LA BOTA". Basso, the oldest woodsman, supervises the team singing the "bota", a song that helps them to coordinate and organize their strength without any fatal accidents.
Basso recalls and describes the work of the old woodsmen which is shown in black and white film shot, at the beginning of the fifties. He also describes the use of a huge stone construction, the "Cava", which is used to take the wood down to valley in winter but was destroyed by the floods in 1966.