Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Lumber Mamas Are Good With Wood

HAYWARD, Wisc. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Axes and saws aren’t just boy toys anymore.

That’s because the 48th Annual Lumberjack World Championships are going down July 27 - July 29th, in Hayward, Wisconsin, and girls are chopping at the bit just like the guys to get their hands on some serious wood, and participate in events like log sawing and climbing, and even axe-throwing.

Event director Diane McNamer says while men still pretty much dominate timber sports, it’s “nice to see young girls getting involved in sawing and chopping.”

In fact, female competitors – dubbed “Lumberjills” – include a variety of woods women, from a 19-year-old who won her first trophy four years ago, to a 52-year-old lumber mama who cut down record books last year by winning first place.

While the “Jack and Jill” competition sees men and women sawing together, it’s not an event that has McNamer barking in excitement - even though her husband, Andy, is a professional log roller!

McNamer says, “If I had to compete with my husband, there’d be a saw beside his head!”

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