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A cut above: See timber sports in action at RR Days demos

August 16, 2013 · 7:07 PM
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Snoqualmie’s David Moses fires up his custom hot saw during the Stihl Series. See Moses and other competitive timber athletes in action at Railroad Days, 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday. / Courtesy photo

It’s the first time in a good two decades when Snoqualmie sightseers have had a chance to witness timber sports—whirling chainsaws, flying hatchets, swift-slicing axes—in action.

Lucky for locals, then, that they’ll have a chance to see these skills employed by a world-class master athlete.

Snoqualmie’s own David Moses, who competed in the Stihl Timbersports U.S. Championship this past June, heads up a roster of experienced timber athletes in three Timber Sports Demonstrations at Sandy Cove Park.

Besides David, you can see Annette Moses, David’s wife and a pro timber athlete in her own right, perform, as well as David Moses, Sr., an experienced timber sports enthusiast and David’s trainer.

Also coming are Natasha Strand, David’s second cousin, who does timber sports, and Robert and Kathy Groce. Robert is an experienced chainsaw timber athlete. Kathy does chopping, single-buck sawing, and other sports.

Snoqualmie Public Works Director Dan Marcinko and Police Chief Steve McCulley have been tapped to try the double-buck saw.

You can also see Snoqualmie firefighters in action on some of the events, as well.

Timber shows are at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. at Sandy Cove Park, sponsored by Puget Sound Energy. R&R Rentals is providing swag.

Expect to see underhand standing chop, springboard chop, the single and double-buck saws, the jack-and-jill sawing event, and an axe throw. You’ll also see demonstrations of the hot saw, a modified chainsaw that’s revved up and a cut above your typical tool.

Moses will also be inviting a lucky few from the crowd to try their hand at the axe throw at each show. You don’t need to be super-strong to throw the axe —just do what Moses tells you.

 

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