Woodchopping is a mighty sport and forms an integral part of any agricultural show. Traditionally, around 20 axemen compete in both handicap and championship events on the Sunday of the annual St Ives Show.
The picture on this page is taken at a previous Sydney Royal Easter Show of the 600mm diameter Butchers Block event. At the St Ives Show there will be a similar event, where two competitors each cut their own side of the log.
The Metropolitan Axemen’s Association will be running the woodchopping events at the St Ives Show.
Greg Thomas from Kenthurst first cut at the St Ives Show in 1987 and hasn’t missed a St Ives Show woodchopping competition since then.
Axemen from the North Coast, Central West and the local Metropolitan area will be competing in both Underhand (where the axemen stands on the log and cuts between their legs) and the Standing Block, which simulates felling a tree.