Cutting down the competition: David Moses out-chops all comers in Stihl qualifiers

Snoqualmie's David Moses cuts in the hot saw category during Stihl Timbersports' Western Qualifier, March 30. Moses best all comers in most events in the pro challenge, and now heads to nationals in Tennessee.
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The oldest competitor in the field, David Moses may have something to teach the young bucks.

After all, Moses, 48, out-sawed and out-chopped seven other men in a major pro timber sports challenge.

The win, a climax of his career, came as a bit of a surprise to Moses. He just wanted to make it to the next level of competition.

"I was not expecting to have a day like I did," he said. "It's something a lot of pro competitors wish would happen."

At the Stihl Timbersports Series' Western Qualifier, held March 23 in Corvalis, Ore., Moses took first in five of six events, including the springboard chop, stock saw, standing block chop, underhand chop, and single buck chop. He was the fifth placer in the hot saw, or custom chainsaw competition. Moses thinks he may have throttled back in that last one because he already had competition as a whole well in hand, and didn't want to break his custom saw chain.

"There was no way anyone was going to catch me," he said.

Moses, a Crossfit athlete, was better conditioned, physically and mentally, than the competition.

"I relaxed, I didn't try to rush. I went through it," Moses said.

The springboard chop, an event in which competitors use an axe to install platforms on a tall, vertical log, is his hardest event. In this competition, he calmly focused on cutting his notches in good time.

Moses, who lives in Snoqualmie, has traveled throughout the United States and Canada, and traveled as far as Australia and New Zealand, as a pro timber sports athlete. He picked up $2,500 in prize money. But the real prize is a trip to the pro and collegiate championships, part of the Great Smoky Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., June 1-3. With nationals in six weeks, he plans to stay conditioned whole fine-tuning his methods.

The 5'11", 255-pound Moses has been a timber athlete since 1972.

Moses is sponsored by Edmond Co. of Tacoma and friend Robert Groce, who helps with his chainsaws. He also thanks his father, David Moses Sr., for coaching him, and his wife Annette, also a timber athlete, for her support.

• You can watch Moses in the Stihl series competition when it's televised, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 22, on the Outdoor Channel. You can also follow him on Facebook.


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