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The ABC's of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS

10/21/2008

Ax
The primary tool used during chopping events. Ax sizes, grinds and alloys differ between competitor and competitor and event and event.

Bad pocket
Term used during the springboard event to describe an inadequate cut into a base log which fails to properly hold a springboard.

Banana grind
An ax blade ground thinner on the edges and thicker in the middle, resembling a banana.

Big chips are flying
Experienced when a competitor is carving through a wood at great speed, producing large chunks of wood falling to the ground.

Block
Prepped wood.

Bone
Another word for hard or "tight" wood.

Boom run
A head-to-head competition featuring two opponents racing across floating, linked logs. The event's origins come from a need for lumberjacks to corral timber in ponds by running across the protective booms.

Cant
Any rounded, prepped log.

Competitors' tent
The canvas sanctuary where lumberjacks go before, during and after a STIHL TIMBERSPORTS event.

Chainmail sock
Protective socks worn by many professional lumberjacks during the underhand chop.

Chaps
During chain saw events, competitors wear these covers featuring cut-retardant material to protect their legs.

Cookie
The circular wooden discs resulting from sawing events.

Cutout
Disqualification in a sawing event when a full disc isn't cut or a competitor cuts over, or on, the allotted guideline.

Deck
The wooden stage where numerous events take place.

DNF
Acronym for "did not finish." When a competitor fails to finish an event.

DQ'ed
Abbreviation meaning disqualification in an event.

Driving blows
Large powerful swings of an ax.

Finishing the cut
The final, angled swings of an ax used to ultimately sever the log, usually on the back side of the log.

Flat grind
A flat ax blade from the handle to the end of the blade.

Foot block
Wooden foot braces nailed into the deck to provide a lumberjack with foot traction during the single buck event.

Helicopter turn
Technique popularized by Dave Jewett, in which an underhand chop competitor jumps, ax raised, and turns, to begin the backside cut in one fluid motion.

Into the small wood
When a competitor has cut to the center of a block, smaller and tighter chips are produced, due to the angle of the ax and increased density of the interior wood.

Misery whip
The affectionate nickname for the single buck event

Melon of a block
Particularly soft wood. Used with the phrase "so soft you could see seeds coming out."

Peg and rakers
The cutting and pulling teeth found in a cross-cut saw.

Sagging board
A springboard that is not level or tilted slightly upward; often a result of a bad pocket.

Scoop hit
When the flat face of the ax hits the wood instead of the blade.

Seconder
The second person aiding a single buck participant by wedging or oiling the saw blade.

Shin and foot guards
The aluminum guards worn by collegiate competitors to protect their feet and shins during the underhand chop.

Short-cut the front
The practice of mistakenly taking too few chips out of the front face of a block. Competitors may also short-cut the front to rattle their competition by tricking the opponent into believing they are trailing the competitor who has already turned.

Short stroking
Failing to pull the entire length of peg and rakers through a block of wood — a practice to be avoided in the single buck event.

Slab
Uncut wood.

Slab rule
The required number of nails inserted into the wood to keep it in place.

Slabbing nails
Nails used to keep uncut wood in place.

Spar
The wooden pole climbed in the speed climb event.

Stick of wood
Prepped wood.

They turn together
As competitors turn to chop the other side of a block, they may be cutting at the same rate and turn at the same time.

Three-cutters
A single buck saw, featuring three cutting teeth (or pegs) and one raker.

Throwing the chain
A devastating event most common in the hot saw event, when the chain comes off the bar or breaks all together.

Tight wood
Logs producing few chips, usually found at the compressed, lower part of the tree.

Two-cutters
A single buck saw featuring two cutting teeth (or pegs) and one raker.

Wedger (or oiler
)
See seconder. The wedger or oiler tends to a single buck competitor's saw as the competitor is competing, dripping lubricant into the cut to assist the sawyer in cutting the log.