Guyra Show - Woodchopping

Double Handed Sawing Handicap
08th Mar 2023

This year our event was again well represented with axemen and women from Willowtree, Gilgandra, Kempsey, Grafton, Glen Innes and Nundle as well as our local representatives.
All competitors had a great day and enjoyed displaying their sport to the captivated crowd. Our boys and ladies events saw the crowd in awe of the up and coming talent.
We would like to thank our generous sponsors as without their continued support it would not be possible to run this event. 
Thank you to Access Fuels, BH Farming - Nigel & Nicky Bourne, Betts Rogers Transport, Brown & Krippner Surveyors, Carmichael & Co Woolbrokers, Davidson Cameron & Co, Dot Vickery, Guyra Bowling & Recreation Club, Guyra Hotel, Guyra Neighbourhood Centre, Jones Cracknell & Starr Accountants, M & J Moffatt Groundspreading, Matts Fencing, Maz Sisson Rural Contracting, N & A Clayton - Turtles Transport, Sole Taxation, Super Moto New England, Urandangie Pastoral Co. Every year these generous businesses support our event, so please support them.
Competitive woodchopping is not just a sport for men and we are now seeing more women competing in what has been considered a male dominated sport.  There is technique required, especially when you are a back marker (starting last) and you are handicapped up to 60 seconds from the limit competitor (first starter), so brute strength does not necessarily mean a winning competitor. 
The type of wood can also make a difference to who comes away as winners on the day.  Hard wood is better for the back markers, whilst the softer wood gives the limit men an advantage.  A competitors mark is determined by how much money they win competing, the higher the mark, the more money that axeman has won.
Often the crowd wonder why some axemen walk away from a block when they have not finished chopping it, this is usually because they have found a limb (or knot) in the block which if they continue to chop will break their axe.
Competitive axes can cost anywhere up to $1500 in their finished state.  Also the degree of bevel on the axe is determined by what type of wood is being cut on the day.  It is not unusual for an axemen to own up to a dozen axes.”
Woodchop Steward
Michael Shipman