Rookie rips it up in the Bell show finals
LIAM Smith debuted his woodchopping skills at the Bell Show on Saturday, competing in the boys' chop and making it to the final.
He said he only took up the sport about six months ago after watching the stakes fly in other competitions.
"The bloke I worked for did it a lot and I decided I could too," he said.
"It was pretty hard when I started, but I just keep training every day and hope to compete more."
Liam said while the competition was hard at the Bell Show, he enjoyed getting involved and learning the skills.
"Meeting other woodchoppers was a highlight, as well as placing in the finals."
Like Liam, Shayne Maxwell started his wood chopping career at a young age and hasn't looked back.
"I started at 15 and I'm 53 now," he said.
"It's a good fun sport and my wife is into it now. Today has been very consistent."
He said the competition across the day had been quick and strong.
"I've recovering from a slight injury, so I'd say I'm 85% at the moment," he said.
He said shows were a great way to catch up with other axemen that compete.
Steve Cook has been organising the woodchop for about 15 years and said the entrants were consistently top quality.
"There's been good nominations and good wood," Mr Cook said.
"We basically get the same people, but there are a few new people too.
"We normally cut hard wood but it's soft wood this year."
He said the program hosted 37 axemen, with most competing in every event across the day.
"We put on a good show here and it's consistently good," he said.
"People sit down to watch it and stay for most of the day."