Monday, October 02, 2006

NRD Faculty and Forestry Club Demonstrate "Lumberjacking" at Haywood County Fair

HCC widlife instructor Shannon Rabby and forestry instructor Jim Hamilton, along with several members from the HCC Forestry Club and Lumberjack Team, recently demonstrated the tools and skills of 'Lumberjacking' to over 400 gradeschool students from around Haywood County. Haywood County Cooperative Extension sponsored this 'heritage tour event at the Haywood County Fairgrounds on September 29. Students demonstrated the cross-cut sawing, axe-throwing, underhand chopping, and log rolling events that are part of lumberjack competition. Hamilton also spoke about the history of forestry in North Carolina while Rabby spoke about bears, bobcats, and other forest animals that populate our mountain woods. Lumberjack team members Max Cox, Brandi Banks, Matt Hooper, and Brooke Banks wore the traditional lumberjack team "uniforms"--hickory shirts and red suspenders--and managed to hit the bulls-eye in their axe-throwing demonstrations which was a highlight for the kids.


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