Woodchopping (New Zealand)

Name of sport (game)

Woodchopping

Name in native language

Place of practice (continent, state, nation)

New Zealand

History

Woodchopping called woodchop for short, is a sport that has been around for hundreds of years in several cultures.
On Antipodes, it has been said that the sport we now know as woodchopping originated as the result of a bet between 2 men in a bar in Ulverstone, Tasmania in 1870. Jack Biggs from Warragul, Victoria and Joseph Smith form Ulverstone, had a wager for £25 to see who could fell a tree the fastest.
Many of the axemen of today still work within the timber industry, which is of course no longer reliant on manpower for harvesting. As the years have passed the sport has developed into a much more sophisticated affair which includes, Underhand chopping, Standing Block Chopping, Treefelling, Single and Double handed Sawing and Axe throwing.

Description

Current status

Importance

Contacts

New Zealand Axemen's Association
https://www.nzaxemen.org.nz/ 
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel. +64 027 277 5358
The Secretary
RD 2,
Winton
New Zealand

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Sources of information

Articles:

http://www.nswaxemen.asn.au/Introduction/Introduction.html 
https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/block-busters/ 
https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/periodicals/TLR20130101.2.9 

Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHo_6aNxpSg 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GEii9zLVt0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwcFng9wfDs

 

Source of photos used in this article and gallery:
https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/block-busters/
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/117402021/veteran-axeman-cutting-the-path-for-young-woodchoppers
https://natlib.govt.nz/records/22685718
https://www.localmatters.co.nz/hibiscus-news/carnival-to-pull-top-domestic-choppers-out-of-woodwork/
https://www.infonews.co.nz/news.cfm?id=120748
https://teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/16770/wood-chopping-competition
https://perthroyalshow.com.au/exhibits-at-the-show/wood-chopping/
https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/periodicals/TLR20130101.2.9


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