How fast can one man wield a buck saw? How close to the bulls-eye can a 10-year-old throw an axe? Or a two-woman team cut on a cross saw?
Under a strong autumn sun and a canopy of red and yellow leaves, dozens of backyard Bunyans and spectators filled the grounds of the Daniel Merrill House in Sedgwick on October 12.
The Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society offered the chance to test skill and speed at its annual lumberjacking event, with all contestants getting top marks for good cheer.
A performance by the Brooklin Town Band and a cider-pressing demonstration added to the fun.
“I think the band brought out a lot of people,” said historical society member Rhoda Grant.
The axe throwing competition drew a large crowd and high number of contestants. If you hit the target, you receive a ribbon, said historical society president Anne Dentino, who first allowed the juniors a few warm-up tosses. When one hit his mark on the first throw, she declared, “That’s the official start of the whole competition.” The youngest to hit the mark, Chloe Sheahan of Sedgwick, was 5 inches off the mark and received a first-place ribbon.
“Any more brave souls?” asked Dentino, the event’s official timekeeper.
There were, especially for the men’s buck saw division, which signed nine participants up for a chance to cut through a thick log with an old-fashioned saw. Todd Broberg, up from Massachusetts to close his Deer Isle summer house, notched a first-place finish by one second. Mary Offutt of Little Deer Isle won for the women.
For the two-person cross saw event, Beverly Hawkins of Sedgwick and Kate Tapley of Blue Hill won for the women in 43 seconds; Hugh Lane and Bill Brown of Brooksville won for the men in 36 seconds.
Coffee and home-baked apple cake were offered inside, and fresh cider was outside for the taking.
“It’s a good year [for apples],” said Steve Dentino as he worked Havilah Hawkins’ press. The apples came straight from Dentino’s backyard. The variety? “Red, and some green ones.”
Complete results of the competitions are available here.