CHIPS FLY: Jake Dingle in action at the Mt Perry Axeman and Sawyers' 24th annual woodchop at the Mt Perry Hotel on Saturday.
CHIPS FLY: Jake Dingle in action at the Mt Perry Axeman and Sawyers' 24th annual woodchop at the Mt Perry Hotel on Saturday. Erica Murree

Axemen, take to your blocks

AS the woodchoppers lined up for the A Grade championship, a spectator made the comment "a Dingle will win this but which one?”.

That comment prove correct with Jake, Brodie and Kurt taking out the placings. Their connection to each other was their grandfathers were brothers.

Saturday's Mt Perry Axeman & Sawyers 2018 24th annual woodchop at Mt Perry Grand Hotel attracted 22 choppers, 11 being Dingles.

As well as Mt Perry they had travelled from Biloela, Gladstone, Proston, Coalstoun Lakes and Mundubbera to take on the wood sourced from near Eidsvold paulownia.

MC for the occasion, Peter Dingle said the crowd was down but that could be due to the weather.

"Early this morning we had to made a decision and decided we had to go with it,” he said.

President Michael Dingle said it was the best line up of choppers for many years.

The young lads were kept busy picking up the cut blocks and chips before wheel-barrowing their load into the back of a tip truck.

Arthur Dingle said the chips are good for fires but the wood needs 12 months to dry out properly to make it burn.

The 75 year old who celebrates his birthday on Australia Day enjoys the sport so may as well keep going.

He came second in the veterans chops, just behind Gary Skipper who has just ventured into the over 60 bracket.

Mr Dingle said he was also second at the recent Perth Show.

Giving a helping hand on the day, was 83 year old retired chopper Phil Hillcoat of Bundaberg

Along with the chain saw demonstrations another highlight was the Jack and Jill cross sawing for the title of bragging rights of King and Queen of the Mountain.

Peter Dingle said with eight pairings the event is going from strength to strength since it started 12-15 years ago.

The title went to father and daughter combination of Lindsay and Jessie Dingle who blitz the field.


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