Longview’s Timbersports Go Fourth Competition, you won’t want to miss it!
Longview’s Go Fourth Timbershow is an excellent place for a logging competition. A community with a rich timber heritage and a huge Fourth of July Festival attracting a big crowd for the show, with world class competition and prize money. The show gets bigger and better each year.
The Springboard Chop is probably one of the most spectacular of all the lumberjack events. In the Springboard Chop the contestant climbs a nine foot spare pole using only his axe and springboards. While balancing on his top springboard (a hardwood plank about 5 feet long, 2 inches thick and 8 inches across) the competitor chops about two thirds of the way through the front of block, he then rotates his body in the opposite direction and finishes chopping through from the back side. Agility and good balance go a long way in this event.
JACK & JILL BUCKING
Jack and Jill Bucking is the same as Double Bucking, except it requires the participation of a male and a female. Don’t let the term “Lumberjill” fool you, these women train just as hard and are equally as determined as their male counterparts. The crowds are always amazed by the strength and determination displayed by the Lumberjills.
TWO MAN BUCKING
In the Double Buck, two competitors use a six foot long crosscut saw to slice their way through, in just a few seconds, a horizontally fastened block. The saws used in competition today are all individually hand crafted from high quality carbon tool steel. Two Man Bucking is a true test of the competitors’ team work and strength.
ONE MAN BUCKING
The One Man Buck is yet another variation of crosscut sawing. As its name implies this event allows only one competitor to run the saw. No weight or any device can be hung on the free end. Many hours of practice are required to learn the are of stroking a six foot saw back and forth through the block without buckling it. Brute strength and endurance are the main requisites for this one.
The event is judged on time. Timing in a two way climb begins with the starting signal and ends when the climber returns to the ground after he/she has climbed the required distance and strikes the bell. In a one way climb, the time will end when the bell is rung. There are no restrictions upon the type of descent except that no climber shall be allowed to free-fall or slide more than 15 feet without setting a spur.
The competitors throw their axes at a 4 inch bull’s eye while standing 20 feet from the target. Targets are usually 36 inches across, with five scoring areas. A bull’s eye scores 5 point, the next outside area 4 points, the next 3 and so on. Throwing axes must weigh at least 2.5 pounds, have a 24 inch handle, and they are normally double bitted.
BIRLING (LOG ROLLING)
Birling (log rolling) is done on 12 foot long lathe turned, cedar logs with varying diameters that range between 12 and 15 inches. Contestants roo progressively smaller (faster) logs until someone falls. Matches are normally decided by the best two our of three falls, except in the semifinals and finals where they are decided by the best three out of five falls. All contests in all divisions are run on a modified double-elimination basis.
STANDING BLOCK CHOP
In the Standing Block Chop the competitor secures his wood to the top of an upright stanchion. Normally the top of the stanchion is two feet above ground level. On the signal “G” the competitor chops halfway through the front of the block, he then steps around the block, and finishes chopping through from the back side. A sharp eye, speed and accuracy are the main requisites for this event.
In the Underhand Chop the competitor stands on top of a 2 foot long horizontally positioned block and on the signal “GO” he chops halfway through from the front side, turns, and finishes chopping through from the back side. Time stops when the block is completely severed. The axes the competitors use weigh about 6 pounds, and they generally come from Australia or New Zealand. Accuracy is a real plus in this event as the competitor’s axes are striking the block only fractions of an inch from their feet.
The hot saw event starts with the saw off and on the ground, the competitor’s hands must be resting on top of the block they are about to cut until the “GO” signal is given. On the signal “GO” the competitor reaches down and in one fluid motion starts and picks up the saw, he then proceeds to cut three slices off the end of the block, one down cut, one up cut, and one down cut. Time starts on the signal “GO” and ends when the third disk is completely severed.