When the chips will fly
ANDREW Moran will slice his way through a lot of wood over the next 12 days.
That's not unusual for the owner of the AW Moran Sawmill at Lowanna, but Mr Moran will be carving up this wood the old-fashioned away.
The 41-year-old axeman packed two boxes of his best axes this week to take to Sydney, where he is competing with 191 axemen from Australia and overseas in the Syd- ney Royal Easter Show's world championship woodchopping events.
He is also hoping to team up with Glenreagh's John Shipman for two-man events like the 600mm butcher's block chop.
Mr Moran said with his young family and a sawmill to run, he had been too busy to go to the Royal for the past five years, and his practice had been restricted to competing at agricultural shows, where he has won several finals recently.
"It's an individual event ? there's nobody else to let you down ? only yourself," he said.
His schedule in Sydney involves standing and underhand handicaps, axe-throwing and chainsaw races.
"I'll give it all I've got and do the best I can ? I won't die wondering," he said.