The Sport of Woodchopping has its origins in the early days of Australia's settlement when the skills developed with axe and saws were essential for the clearing of land and construction of dwellings. Competitive contests developed as a matter of course between bushmen of colonial Australia. As the years have passed the sport has developed into a much more sophisticated affair which includes, Underhand chopping, Standing Block Chopping, Treefelling, Single and Double handed Sawing and Axe throwing. Today, woodchopping contests require refined skills from highly trained athletes who complete in a number of competitive discipline. These disciplines have evolved from essential skills of the bushmen.
EBR picnic 1926 at Middle Creek - Wood Chopping - J Robinson photo
After a 20 year break from the sport, West Coast local veteran woodchopper Kevin Bailey reflects on the West Coast chopping of the past and the positives of the present day sport which has him chopping again. He has renewed old friendships and he is mentoring and showing support to the up and coming successful West Coast choppers like his son Wade Bailey of Strahan and Riley Sheehan of Zeehan.
Image courtesy of Portraits at a Glace