And for my next career
It has nothing to do with writing or blogging, or even clamming or beach-combing, as you might expect from a maritime trip. It is something that came as a wild surprise, to know that I may have hidden talents never before discovered.
You guys, I am really good at throwing axes.
I couldn’t have had a better teacher and mentor. Darren Hudson is a 5th generation lumberjack and 7 time world-champion logroller. And given that Darren is as proficient at launching comical puns as he is axes, then you know we were in for an enjoyable afternoon.
Well yeah, and that’s why we love them, especially since the image of a lumberjack has also become more romanticized over the years. I can’t imagine anyone in my generation who cannot immediately recall this tune when considering flannel shirts and the felling of trees.
However, with the advent of modern tools, the skills are no longer widely useful. Although, when he’s not hosting tourists for this experience, tending to his bar in Halifax (the first in North American drinking establishment to allow axe-throwing inside), or working at children’s camps in the summer, Darren offers his unique talents in tree and branch removal (with no crane needed, clearly).
In addition to my axe-throwing talent (beating Pete head-to-head by a score of 7 to 3), I bested him in log-rolling challenges (2 to 0, although in truth I only outlasted him by mere milliseconds), and could have overcome him in the pole climbing (I know that sounds lame, but I honestly wasn’t being competitive at that point. I descended the pole only because of some slight nerves at being so high. I had the stamina and better technique to take it further, and wish now that I would have proven that). At sawing, we didn’t time our individual efforts but know for sure that we worked best when together.
Overall though, and Pete does agree – I do make the better Lumberjack. (It’s not often that I beat him at ANYTHING, so let me have this one, please.)
how to do it
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