Web exclusive, October 11, 2012
Annual historical society contest tests local lumberjack skills
Bill Brown works the buck saw at the Daniel Merrill house in Sedgwick on October 8, while Paul Trowbridge and Bob Burke, from left, hold the log steady. Hosted by the Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society, the log sawing and axe throwing contest is an annual event.
by Anne Berleant
Steve Dentino stepped up, buck saw in hand, and began sawing.
“There’s smoke coming out of my blade,” he said seconds later.
Dentino was the first contestant in the bucksaw competition, part of an annual Log Sawing and Axe Throwing Contest hosted by the Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society on October 6.
The chill fall morning lent itself to working up a little lather for earning bragging rights as the fastest log sawer around.
While sunlight filtered onto the grounds of the historical society’s Daniel Merrill house in Sedgwick, the sawdust—and axes—were flying.
After four men and one boy tried their hands at the buck saw, Jane Mahoney stepped up to the plate to represent the womenfolk, sawing through inches of log in 63 seconds.
“Good job, great woman,” said Paul Trowbridge.
Jennifer Trowbridge tried her hand on the blade next. It was her first time on the bucksaw.
“I heard someone say ‘focus,’ I heard someone say ‘slow and smooth,’” she said after her turn.
The best tool might be listening well—she won the women’s bucksaw with a time of 27.20 seconds.
As the morning warmed up, the crowd grew, with spectators throwing out plenty of tips to the participants, even if they were loathe to lay their hands on the blade.
“We talk a big game,” David Means of Falmouth said of himself and his friends.
Maybe they were just waiting for the axe throwing contest, coming up next.
When the day wrapped up, Paul Trowbridge, Jennifer Trowbridge and Tim Dentino (youth) won at the buck saw; Steve Dentino and Havilah Hawkins, Anne Dentino and Rhoda Grant, and Alan Greenfield and Jane Mahoney won at the cross saw; and Bob Burke won at the axe throw with a bull’s-eye.