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 AXEMANSHIP

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The sport of Axemanship is quite simply a race between foresters, to see who can cut a log through fastest. there are 2 contests log horizontal on the ground and log vertical, mirroring a growing tree. Fir logs of similar diameter are normally used.

Popularity
Since the advent of power saws in the forestry industry axeman-ship has become almost exclusively a demonstration sport in the U.K. with no more than a few hundred competitors. A very popular activities with country show going spectators.

Location
Nowadays the sport of axemanship is only seen as an exhibition sport at country shows.

Age
Since the advent of power saws in the forestry industry axeman-ship has become almost exclusively a demonstration sport in the U.K. with no more than a few hundred competitors. A very popular activities with country show going spectators.

Ability
To be a competitive log cutter you need above average over all body strength and agility, and be fully experienced in the use of an axe.

Description
Cutting a horizontal log is purely a speed event to see who can cut through a log. horizontal cutting can be done either standing on the ground or cutting a platform into the log to enable the axeman to cut a log at a predetermined height, a spectacular sight, needing great skill and sense of balance. The basic technique used is to cut alternate slanting blows into the log so that large wedges of wood are loosened leaving a wide cutting surface, in which to cut right through the log.

Dedication
A competitive axeman must be overall fit with extremely powerful shoulders. The sport is a very technical one, as correct cutting style, rhythm of the axe and power must all be harmonised for success, this is only achieved by much and regular practise.

Closely Related Activities
Closely related activities to the sport of axemanship, include all other forestry activities including tree climbing, tree felling, the splitting of logs and timber with wedges and the increasingly popular sport of pole climbing.

Cost
The only cost involved in log cutting, is the cost of a good felling axe and any personal climbing tackle used, ( this would normally be part of a competitors professional working equipment). As an exhibition sport traveling costs and expenses are normally reimbursed.

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