Windsor Fair, August 27, 2012
The theme on the day we went to the Windsor Fair was Woodsmen’s Day, which featured logging competitions such as log sawing, ax throwing, and log chopping. The forestry sector is important to the economy of Maine as the industry provides employment for 19,600 people and is the largest payroll in Maine’s manufacturing sector according to a 2007 report “The Economic Importance and Wood Flows from Maine’s Forests, 2007 from the North East State Foresters Association.” Also, Maine is the most forested state in the nation with 89% of the state’s total land area covered with trees according to this source.
One of the events at the fair entailed a logger chopping a notch in a tree, sticking a plank in the tree, standing on the plank and repeating the process, essentially “walking up” the tree. Apparently this technique was used in the old days, before chain saws. During the competition, there were three loggers chopping simultaneously at three different trees and the winner was the first to chop a stump at the top of the tree, about 20 feet off the ground. It looks very dangerous chopping a tree so high off the ground standing on a plank. No wonder that logging has a high injury rate. Data from The Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks logging as the second most dangerous profession, second only to fishing, another big industry in Maine.
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