Timber!: The Story of the Lumberjack World Championships

Paperback | December 1, 2011

byLew Freedman

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Each summer, men and women travel from all over the globe to the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin, to compete before thousands of spectators and prove who is the best at chopping and sawing wood, log rolling, and boom running. The event, with its impressive international fan base, has become the most prestigious timber sport gathering in the world.
    Timber! chronicles the history of the championships since its inception in 1960 and highlights such popular athletes as J.R. Salzman, Ron Hartill, and Peggy Halvorson, all of whom are stalwarts in a variety of events from the hot saw to the springboard chop. These glory-seeking competitors symbolize a connection to the old days of logging in Wisconsin and throughout the United States, when timber-felling helped build the country.
    Lively and informative, Timber! shows how these timber sports keep alive the spirit of the logging world and the image of the logger as a pioneer.

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Each summer, men and women travel from all over the globe to the Lumberjack World Championships in Hayward, Wisconsin, to compete before thousands of spectators and prove who is the best at chopping and sawing wood, log rolling, and boom running. The event, with its impressive international fan base, has become the most prestigious tim...

Lew Freedman was sports editor for The Republic in Columbus, Indiana and the Anchorage Daily News. He also reported for the Chicago Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His many sports-related books include Father of the Iditarod: The Life of Joe Redington, For the Love of the Chicago Cubs, Latino Baseball Legends: An Encyclopedia, a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:December 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299284549

ISBN - 13:9780299284541

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Table of Contents

Introduction   

Background and Key Names and Terms   

1 JR's Miracle   

2 A Land of Big Trees   

3 Big Timber   

4 A Man with a Plan   

5 The Biggest Fish Around   

6 Muscles and Sawdust   

7 Hercules Bares His Chest   

8 Stay on Your Feet, Stay Dry   

9 How Yo-ho! Became a Household Word   

10 Family Affair   

11 Putting the World in World Championships   

12 Real Life Paul Bunyans   

13 And the Wood Chips Fly   

14 His and Her Saws   

15 Very Tall Trees   

16 A Festival of Sawdust   

17 Lumberjack in a Desert   

18 The Idea Is Not to Go Boom   

19 Trying to Carve Out a Living   

20 Powerful Women   

21 The Axman from Down Under   

22 Tony Wise Lives On   

23 JR Salzman on a Roll   

Appendix: Lumberjack World Championships Winners   

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Editorial Reviews

Timber! covers every significant aspect of the Lumberjack World Championships over its fifty-year duration and displays an understanding of and affection for lumberjack athletes. It will surely appeal to anyone who has participated in or witnessed lumberjack sports.”—Jim Leary, editor of Wisconsin Folklore