Friday, July 6, 2007

Woodhick Ways Welcome At ‘Bark Peeler’s Convention’

GALETON, Penn. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Bark peeling, log birling, and tobacco spitting are all in a day’s work for the lumberjack-loving folks in Galeton, Pennsylvania, this weekend (July 7-8).

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is hosting the 33rd Annual “Bark Peeler’s Convention,” which celebrates the skills and pastimes of old school woodhicks and lumberjacks, and this year’s festivities are set to be as authentic as ever.

Festival goers can expect to learn traditional sawmill skills, including axe throwing, wood chopping, and of course, bark peeling, which is the lumberjack tradition of peeling the bark off trees to make them easier to roll down big hills and chop.

But while useful lumbering skills will be taught, Lumber Museum representative Trisha Berberich says it’s the good ol’ fashioned woodhick contest that makes the festival a real hoot.

Berberich says the traditional log birling contest is always a crowd-pleaser, and features lumberjack wannabes birling on logs in a pond for intense heats that last about three minutes.

She explains, “Not many make it on the log the whole three minutes, but they sure do try! It’s a very fun, very wet competition.”

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