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This article contains plot spoilers for the 2017 series of Twin Peaks.

The woodsmen were mysterious beings connected with the Black Lodge, which take the form of disheveled, bearded men.



In July 1945, a great number of woodsmen ran to and fro outside a dummy convenience store during the first nuclear test in White Sands, New Mexico.[1]

Over a decade later in 1956, a woodsman, resembling a pitch-black bearded man, fell from the sky in New Mexico near the site of the nuclear test. along with another shadowy man. They stopped a car and the woodsman asked the couple inside, "Gotta light?" Frightened, the couple drove away.

Still repeating his question, the woodsman then went to the office of KPJK, killed the receptionist, and held a disc jockey tightly by the head as he repeatedly broadcast the words:

"This is the water and this is the well. Drink full and descend. The horse is the white of the eyes, and dark within."

The broadcast caused those who heard it to lose consciousness, including a particular young girl. A strange creature that had just hatched in the desert took the opportunity to crawl inside the girl's mouth. Afterward, the woodsman crushed the disc jockey's skull and left.[1]


Two bearded woodsmen witnessed a meeting between the arm and BOB above a convenience store. One adjusted something behind a device and affected the room's lights, while another slapped his knee in response to the arm's statements. The Electrician, Mrs. Tremond, her grandson, and a jumping man were also present.[2][3]


A staring pitch-black woodsman resembling the one in New Mexico sat in the cell two doors down from William Hastings while Hastings was being held for the murder of Ruth Davenport. The figure, motionless, disappeared, while his disembodied head floated toward the ceiling.[4]

Another figure skulked through the hallway at the Buckhorn Police Department while Lieutenant Cynthia Knox inspected the cadaver which matched Garland Briggs' fingerprints.[5]

After Ray Monroe shot Dale Cooper's doppelganger, he witnessed several woodsmen swarm out of the nearby trees and attack Cooper's body, smearing blood all over him. While doing so they removed a fleshy object from his body which appeared to have BOB's face on it. Monroe fled in terror, and Cooper awoke some time afterward.[1]


Hastings led the FBI to a location where he entered "the zone," which he believed to be an alternate dimension. Woodsmen were seen lurking around the area and in a vision had by Deputy Director Gordon Cole. One of the woodsmen entered the car Hastings was seated in and killed him.[6]

Behind the scenesEdit

The two woodsmen, identified as "Woodsman" and "Second Woodsman" in the end credits, are portrayed by Jurgen Prochnow and David Brisbin in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces. They appear with no dialogue only in the convenience store sequence.

In Twin Peaks (2017), several unidentified pitch-black, disheveled vagrants appear in key scenes set in South Dakota and New Mexico. The man in the prison cell in Part 2 is portrayed, uncredited, by Stewart Strauss. Others appearing in Parts 7 and 8 were portrayed, uncredited, by Christian Calloway, Gabriel Lane, Mike Cochrane, David Nieker,[7] and at least two other unidentified performers. The most prominent one, first seen in Part 8, is portrayed by Robert Broski and again credited as "Woodsman," the first identification of the recurring hobos in the new series.



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