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On a great day, completing all six of disciplines from the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series should take less than two and a half mins. For virtually any 55-second cut-in the springboard or every 20-second cut-in the standing block, countless blocks and thousands of hours of preparation have-been logged ahead of the contestant steps on the stage. On the day of a competition, much more time and planning is placed into loading within the competition tent so each contestant can finish their six disciplines quickly and smoothly. Anyone who has appeared early to a STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series event has actually probably seen the swarm of competitors holding bins, crates and bags to the tent, only to fade away behind the stage before time for draw wood and level logs the contest. Just what each competition holds in those boxes and bags would be the tools to keep the afternoon operating smoothly and could add a bit of mystery and magic.
Among the easiest pieces of lumberjack equipment to recognize is the axe box. They're often made of aluminum, fiberglass, or occasionally timber and therefore are made to safely carry axes into the contest. With three chops in white pine completed in the Series, a contestant brings many different sized and floor axes to accomplish the chops, plus one various other less razor-sharp axe for peeling bark off when you look at the springboard or driving puppies set for the underhand. Some competitors bring as much as several or more axes, which means that much more axe boxes.
Axe boxes do more than carry axes though, they represent a bit of a lumberjack purse and place to safely carry everything else required for the day. This includes small things, like logging crayons and a dressmaker's tape to mark out chopping scarves, or chalk to keep a good grip on axe handles. Chainmail booties and shin guards also fall into the axe box so they are handy when it’s time to prepare for the chopping events or pretend to be a knight in shining armor.
Bigger non-axe things seem to find their way into axe boxes also. On a competition time, lumberjacks come to be a bit like Cinderella, switching shoes to and fro for the contest based activities. Flat-soled, interior soccer kind shoes would be the favored footwear for occasions like the springboard and underhand chop, where gummy soles grip the log or springboard well. In activities such as the single dollar or the standing block chop, corks or deck footwear are employed. These shoes start out as football cleats before ending up in a grinder and buckle sander to smooth from the cleats. After that, rivals drill holes through the soles to put in small surges called “corks” to grip the wood deck. These corks are exactly the same things loggers wear on the bottoms of these boots whenever doing work in the forests to give grip in volatile ground. In addition they carry reminders maintain competitors grounded during the competitors. Bumper stickers, private messages, photos of family members and random stickers is visible in as well as on all the axe bins.
Getting all those items of gear makes the prepared lumberjack with another bag or toolbox to capture...