Ax – The tool used during chopping events. Ax sizes, grinds and edges differ dependent upon competitor preference and the chopping event.
Bad Pocket – Term used during the springboard event to describe an inadequate cut into a base log which fails to properly hold a springboard and support the competitor’s weight.
Banana grind – An ax blade ground thinner on the edges and thicker in the middle, resembling a banana.
Big chips are flying – Experienced when a competitor is carving through a wood at great speed producing large chunks of wood to fall to the ground.
Block – wood prepared for competition.
Bone – Another word for hard, or “tight” wood.
Boom Run – A head-to-head competition featuring two opponents racing across floating, linked logs. The event’s origins come from a need for lumberjacks to corral timber in ponds by running across the protective booms.
Cant – Any rounded or squared log prepared for competition.
The Competitors’ Tent – The canvas sanctuary where lumberjacks go before, during and after a STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® event.
Chainmail sock – Protective socks worn by professional lumberjacks during the chopping events to keep them safe from injury.
Chaps – During chain saw events, competitors wear these covers featuring cut-retardant material to protect legs.
Chisel Grind – An ax blade ground in a manner that is uniform from one edge of the axe to the other.
Cookie – The circular wooden discs cut during sawing events.
Cutout – Disqualification in a sawing event when a full disc isn’t cut, or a competitor cuts over, or on, the allotted guideline.
The deck – The wooden stage where numerous events take place.
DNF – “Did Not Finish” When a competitor fails to finish and event.
DQed – Disqualification in an event.
Driving Blows – Large powerful swings of an ax designed to finish the initial side of a chopping block before turning and to sever the log at the end of the cut.
Flat grind – A flat ax blade from corner to corner and from the handle to the end of the blade.
Foot block – Wooden foot braces nailed into the deck to provide a lumberjack with foot traction during the single buck event.
Helicopter turn – Technique popularized by Dave Jewett where an underhand chop competitor jumps, with ax raised above, and turns to begin backside cut in one fluid motion.
Heel – the edge of the ax that is nearest to the handle or bottom of the ax blade.
Hollow – the area of relief, or depression, in the ax behind the chisel or banana that provides lift to bust chips out of the way as the ax travels into a block.
Into the small wood – When a competitor has cut to the center of a block, smaller and tighter chips are produced due to the angle of ax and density of the interior wood.
Misery Whip – The affectionate nickname for the single buck event
Melon of a block – Particularly soft wood. Used with the phrase “so soft you could see seeds coming out.”
Peg and rakers – The cutting and pulling teeth found on a cross-cut saw.
Sagging board – A springboard that is not level or tilted slightly upward, often a result of a bad pocket.
Scoop hit – When the side of the ax hit the wood instead of the blade or edge.
Seconder – The second person aiding a single buck participant by wedging or oiling the saw blade.
Shin and Foot Guards – The aluminum guards worn by collegiate competitors to protect feet and shins during the underhand chop.
Short cut the front – The practice of mistakenly taking too few chips out of the front face of a block. Competitors may also short cut the front to rattle their competition by tricking the opponent into believing they are trailing the competitor who has already turned.
Short stroking – Failing to pull the entire length of peg and rakers through a block of wood. A practice to be avoided in the single buck event.
Slab – Uncut wood.
Slab rule – The required number of nails inserted into the wood to keep the wood in place with the opening blows.
Slabbing nails – Nails used to keep uncut wood in place.
Spar – The wooden pole climbed in the speed climb event.
Stick of wood – Prepared competition wood.
Three-cutters – A single buck saw featuring three cutting teeth or pegs, and one raker.
Throwing the chain – A devastating event most common in the hot saw when the chain comes off the bar or breaks all together.
Tight Wood – Logs producing few chips usually found at the compressed, lower part of the tree.
Toe – the edge of the ax that is furthest from the handle or top of the ax blade.
Two-cutters – A single buck saw featuring two cutting teeth or pegs, and one raker.
Wedger or Oiler – See seconder. The wedger or oiler tends to a single buck competitor’s saw as the competitor is competing.