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Bill Harsey
09-09-2010, 21:18
Since we have been looking at world class axemen, thought you all might want to know about another Timbersports World Champion and this link is posted with permission from Shana,

http://www.shanamartin.com/html/lumberjack.htm

I promised her you are all gentlemen and gentle ladies here. Of course you will all be nice, please, because she could kick my ass.

TOMAHAWK9521
09-10-2010, 03:06
All that and she enjoys tossing blades and axes, too? Impressive. :lifter

I always wanted to get into those sports but never had the time available to join the Woodsmans Team while going to school at Colorado State. However, I was told that I could try out as an alumni.

Bill Harsey
09-10-2010, 07:51
All that and she enjoys tossing blades and axes, too? Impressive. :lifter

I always wanted to get into those sports but never had the time available to join the Woodsmans Team while going to school at Colorado State. However, I was told that I could try out as an alumni.

Not sure about the blades and axes but certainly an impressive athlete in the sport I grew up around... as well as the logging.

Tell us how the try out goes!

mcarey
09-10-2010, 08:05
She definitely looks fit! She puts an nice face on a tough sport.;)

Richard
09-10-2010, 09:13
I was a tree trimmer for Leonard Tree Service in NorCal before being drafted and used to see some of these competitions, although they were a bit different then. Never competed but was always amazed at how fast somebody could climb a pole, hand cut a log, and springboard climb.

She sure doesn't look like any of the lumberjacks I remember competing in those competitions back when. ;)

I learned a new term today. Lumberjill. I like it.

Thanks,

Richard :munchin

Bill Harsey
09-11-2010, 11:46
I was a tree trimmer for Leonard Tree Service in NorCal before being drafted and used to see some of these competitions, although they were a bit different then. Never competed but was always amazed at how fast somebody could climb a pole, hand cut a log, and springboard climb.

She sure doesn't look like any of the lumberjacks I remember competing in those competitions back when. ;)

I learned a new term today. Lumberjill. I like it.

Thanks,

Richard :munchin

Richard,
The "old" competitions used a 100 ft. tree and the race was to the top, ring the bell and clock stopped when they hit the ground. This was in the days before "toe spurs" that some use today.

I spent some time climbing and rigging for the logging outfit and had the luxury of going up fairly straight trees except for the occasional "leaner" tail tree that was the only one to rig and I still remember the leaner with the "cats face" lightening strike that ran down the underside, spurs didn't want to stick in that
hard stuff.

Good news you've also chewed some chainsaw granola... bar oil and wood chips.

Richard
09-11-2010, 16:58
This was in the days before "toe spurs" that some use today.

Never saw any 'toe' spurs. Ours were a normal shank of about 2" and a long shank of about 4" for the thicker, shaggy bark of some of the large conifers.

Our small saws (which we carried up a tree snapped to our climbing belt) were McCulloch with a 12" bar.

Our GP saws were Homelite (easier to start than a McCulloch) with 16-24" bars.

Our large 2-man saws were McCulloch with 48-72" bars.

"Chainsaw granola" - hold the 'stinger' on the tip end of a two-man saw or work the rope on the ground when you had to bring a tree down in pieces starting at the top. :D

Having grown up outdoors and working as a tree trimmer made BCT seem easier than I had expected it to be - as least for me.

Richard

Bill Harsey
09-12-2010, 22:56
Richard,
Toe spurs are racing specific (i'm pretty sure). You can work with the ankle mounted gaffs and I never wore anything other than long "deep bark" spurs.

That's some old school work you did and I'm glad you mentioned it. :lifter

Watched my brother rake a long spur full depth into his calf once...and he still had to climb down.

You young guys better not click on the link at the top of this thread. You may not be tough enough to view it. ;)