Eighty-three Seconds Worth of Axework on Top of Poles: Dispatch Number Seven from the 2013 Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair

A lot can happen in a short time.

On Saturday afternoon, we were passing the Woodsmens’ contest, at the moment three axemen began chopping through bolts of wood attached to the tops of high poles.

The axes were polished, the axemen lifetime-familiar with their tools.

Soft wood is no match for the skilled application of razor-sharp steel.

The axemen had already ascended the poles by chopping two notches, each one higher,  in which two springboards in succession are inserted. The springboards are the precarious platform from which the chopping is done.

These photos begin at poletop.

The first photo is at 2:55:40 PM.

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2:55:56

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2:56:06

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2:56:15

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2:56:34

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2:57:03

Eighty-three seconds.

Then the camera battery died.

Was the spare in my pocket?

Nope.

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One response to “Eighty-three Seconds Worth of Axework on Top of Poles: Dispatch Number Seven from the 2013 Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair

  1. It is pretty awesome watching a woodchop contest. In Australia, we use a Mountain Ash – hardwood. Just visited our Ag show and saw the comp. Excellent. But yeh, it is over too quick.

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