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The Guide

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Powell River

Logger Sports July 15 to 17 Willingdon Beach

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Every bit helps. Thanks also to these Silver-level sponsors: 0739796 B.C. Ltd. A.G.G. Logging Ltd. Aaron Services Agius Builders Ltd. Armtec Arthur & Donna Lloyd on Behalf of George A. Lloyd Services Bayline Enterprises BC Ferries Blue Steel Imaging Boileau Electric & Pole Line Brandt Tractor Ltd. Canadian Logger Sports Association Catalyst Paper Clint Blaney Columbia Fuels

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Sched  Powell River Logger Sports July 14 to 16, 2017


Chainsaw art carvers from around North America begin work on their logs in the Willingdon upper gravel parking lot. See Page 27.

Friday 2 pm • Gates open

Trade show, food booths, exhibitors, and Lucky Program sales!


Gates open 10am Trade show, food booths, exhibitors, and Lucky Program sales! Noon - Opening Ceremonies O Canada, speeches by dignitaries Novice Tree climb

3 pm • Events begin

Axe Throw (Canadian Champs)


Obstacle Pole

Peter Couliver Memorial Chop

Underhand Chop (Canadian Champs)

Chair Carve (World Champs)

Husky Stock Saw Challenge

Relay Event (World Champs)

Standing Block Chop (Canadian Champs)

Ladies Single Buck Underhand Kids Axe throw Chokerman’s race Approx 7 pm • Awards ceremony

Get in on the action • Just $3 buys you a lucky program at the event. Draws for great prizes happen all day, every day. • 50/50 draw. One draw per day. • Three logging truckloads of firewood will be auctioned off – one per day – to the highest bidder.

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ule Saturday (cont.)

Sunday Gates open 10am Trade show, food booths, exhibitors, and Lucky Program sales! Open Axe Throw (World Champs) Underhand Chop (Canadian Champs) Obstacle Pole Springboard, four boards (Canadian Champs)


Double Buck (Canadian Champs)

Standing Block Chop (Canadian Champs)

Single Buck

Underhand Chop

Chokerman’s Race

Springboard Chop - two boards

Jack & Jill

Chokerman’s Race (Canadian Champs)

10cc PNE Cut (Canadian Champs)

Double Buck (Canadian Champs)

Hot Hot Saw (World Champs)


Stock Saw (Canadian Champs)

Axe Throw

Standing Block Chop

Chokerman’s Race



Jill & Jill (Canadian Champs)

Two-man Springboard (World Champs) 2 pm High Tree Act

1 pm Chainsaw carving - judging begins

Approx 4 pm Awards ceremony

2 pm High Tree Act

7 pm Loggers Dinner and Dance with the band ‘Shattered’

Shuttle from Complex Avoid the congestion! A mini van will shuttle people from the complex top parking to Willingdon. All day Friday to Sunday, thanks to RJ Mitchell Rentals.

Approx 3 pm Awards ceremony 4 pm Grand prize draw and closing

Gate Admission $10 Family (two adults, two kids) $5 Over 12 $3 for 12 & under * Friday free admission with a donation to the food bank. (Cash or a non perishable food item.)

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Welcome to logger sports


ast year, we were thrilled that more than 10,000 people came to see our show. Not only is Logger Sports an incredible showcase for strength, precision and skill - each event reflects what happens in the woods here every day. It’s both athletic and authentic. Plus, it has proven itself as a serious tourism draw. This year we’re excited to host contestants from all over the world, including New Zealand, Australia, the US, Germany, and competitors from throughout Canada - plus Powell River’s own. It’s a lot of work. We depend on our remarkable team of volunteers and our relationships with local businesses and governments to make it all happen. Thank you to everyone who is involved in making this event so spectacular. President Gary Amundson • Vice President Art Lloyd • Secretary Laura Passek • Treasurer Michelle Silvester • Promotions/ Marketing Sherri Wiebe • Past President Bob Marquis

Marquis Memories �����������������������������������������������������������7 Competitors to watch ��������������������������������������������10-11 Events descriptions��������������������������������������������������12-21 Results from last year�����������������������������������������������23-27 Chainsaw art �������������������������������������������������������������������� 28 Volunteer spotlight �������������������������������������������������������� 30 Publisher & Managing Editor • Isabelle Southcott Associate Publisher & Sales Manager • Sean Percy Editor & Graphic Design • Pieta Woolley Sales • Suzi Wiebe

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When Bob Marquis presents the Logger of the Day trophy each year at Powell River Logger Sports, the event has special meaning for him. The trophy is named the “Bill Marquis Memorial Trophy” – established in memory of Bob’s old brother, who was killed in a logging accident in 1984. During the late 1970s, Bill and Bob worked together for their father’s company –and competed together in Logger Sports, first in Lang Bay, then at bigger shows like the PNE. The year Bill died, “was the first time he’d ever beat me in Powell River as Logger of the Day,” Bob remembers. The following year, Bob organized Powell River Logger Sports in memory of his brother, and the show grew and grew. “As the years went by, it became more for the community and the sport” than strictly in memory of his big brother. By 2000, the show had grown to the point that TSN was covering it for national television, Guinness Book of World Records was visiting and the show was awarding $50,000 in prize money.

After an 11-year hiatus, the show returned last year. “It looks like people kinda missed it,” said Bob as he browsed pictures of the crowd that last year filled the newly constructed Loggers Memorial Bowl at Willingdon Beach. Though closely involved in the organization of the event, Bob has handed the event over to a committee of volunteers, and he competes in only a couple of events. Watch for Bob in the axe throw and the chainsaw races, as he still has one of the fastest hot saws in the world. Bob says his family has a long connection to Logger Sports. The Lady Logger of the Day award is name the “Liz Marquis Memorial Trophy” after his aunt who competed in the 1960s.

Harkening to the old days: While some sports like the axe throw and springboard chop are throwbacks, some of the old sports, like speed splicing, have faded away, replaced by 350-km/h chain speed hot saws, says Bob.

Bob Marquis training up a new generation in the axe throw with Gavin Warman during a Logger Sports demonstration earlier this year.

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Allan Knapp, 26 Powell River Why watch: Allan tore up the circuit in 2016, with firsts for novice obstacle pole saw in Port MacNeill and Intermediate chokerman race in Powell River, plus a bunch of seconds and thirds.

Biggest growth in Logger Sports: ladies N a n a i m o ’ s A n i t a and they had a team. One of Anita • Over the 20 Jezowski is a five-time the girls asked me to come years I have been compet-

Zachary Swan, 30 Powell River Why watch: A former Olympic Sort and Out on a Limb employee, Zachary now works at the Texada mines... but logger sports is in his blood. His mom was a logger sports competitor, and Zachary spent part of his childhood on the circuit.

top Ladies All-Around Competitor for the Canadian Logger Sports Association. She competes in Logger Spor ts inter nationa l ly. Last year in Powell River, she took the top spot in the Novice Husky Challenge - open to both men and women. This year she’s bringing her muscles back here again - and she’s a toughie. At 47, she’s also a serious inspiration.

How did you get involved in logger sports? Anita • I was taking the Forestry program at UBC

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out and I did. I had a great time so stayed with it.

What would you tell young girls who might be interested in competing? Anita • I would encourage them to talk to a competitor. Many of the competitors are more than happy to introduce new people to the sport we love. When my friends come over we often go out and throw the axe.

Where have you seen the most growth in the sport?

ing I have seen a significant increase in the number of Ladies events which is encouraging. The majority of the growth in the sport right now is in the Ladies division - on a typical weekend there are more ladies competing than Open Men. It’s great to see the that growth and the support we are getting from the show centres in both events and prize money. It’s actually pretty tough for the ladies starting out because no shows offer different divisions or handicaps within Ladies events.

mpetitors from here and away

Julian Welp, 41 Powell River

Rosalea Pagani, 23 Powell River

Brad Laviolette, 33 Port Hardy, BC

Jeff Coburn, 33 Powell River

Why watch: Home-grown competitor and summer student with BC Timber Sales. Last year was Rosalea’s first competiton. This year, watch for her in the Axe Throw, “Jill and Jill” Crosscut Saw, “Jack and Jill” Crosscut Saw, and Chokerman Race.

Why watch: Western Canada’s 2016 top novice competitor (based on points) and three-time top novice at the Campbell River competition, Brad plans to enter every novice event here - minus the tree climb (where he’s become an intermediate.).

Why watch: Placed in five events at last year’s Powell River Logger Sports, including firsts in Novice Obstacle Pole and Intermediate Double Buck, with Brett Marquis - and a second place behind Anita Jezowski in the Novice Husky Challenge.

Stirling Hart, 28 Vancouver, BC

Mitch Hewitt, 38 Scotch Creek, BC

Brett Marquis, 27 Powell River

Andrea Reitman Powell River

Why watch: Last fall, he broke the springboard world record in Germany. Stirling plans to enter most events in Powell River.

Why watch: Current world champion on springboard. Plans to enter most events here on Sunday.

Why watch: Took the top spot in Port McNeill’s 100cc Hot Saw. With Powell River’s finest, won first place in the Canadian/ American relay in Kaslo as part of “Team Canada”.

Why watch: BC Timber Sales forester and single mom who competed last year for the first time. Don’t let her small frame fool you. She can pull a saw with the best of them.

Why watch: This professional tree climber burst onto the Logger Sports scene last year, and won the Canadian Championship pole climb on his home grounds. He also placed in axe throw, obstacle pole and bucking.

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Ev Axe Throw

Novice • Canadian Championship

Open • World Championship


Double-bitted axe with a 24”+ handle, 36” target


Precision, fearlessness

This is how to do it

Stand 20’ from the target. Throw the axe at it, aiming for the bullseye (worth five points – the other circles are worth 4, 3, 2, 1). If the blade lands across two circles, the higher number is counter. Throw four axes; First is a practice. Next three are counted.

Chair carving World Championship


Chainsaw, log or stump


Artistry, precision

This is how you do it

You have four minutes to carve a chair out of a single piece of wood. Judged on neatness, consistency of lines, and general awesomeness.

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Items of interest

Started as a lunchtime activity on the work site, where fallers would compete for goodies.

vents Get to know logger sports

Powell River is hosting five world championships; one North American title; and 12 Canadian championships.

Underhand chop

Peter Couliver Memorial Chop

Novice • Canadian Championship Open • Canadian Championship


Racing axe, log


Strength, precision, courage

This is how to do it

Stand on the log, and chop halfway through. Turn around. Chop the rest of the way through.

Items of interest

Speed chopping has been a competitive sport for over 100 years. Racing axes are usually made in New Zealand or Australia. They can cost $500+.

An Underhand Chop. Peter Couliver and Bob Marquis represented Canada at the Guinness World Records logger contest in Germany in 2000. Peter has since died of a sudden heart attack. Only competitors who have chopped against Peter in the past are invited to participate in this event.

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Chokerman’s race

Three things to know about what you’re about to see: 1. All events are sanctioned

Intermediate • Canadian Championship


75-pound, 27-foot long choker (steel cable with connectors)


by the Canadian Logge r Sports Association (CANLOG), the governing and regulatory body for most events held in BC.

Strength, speed

This is how you do it

Carry the choker through the obstacle course, hook it around the log and run back.

2. Contestants participate in

one of three classes: Novice, Intermediate or Open. An entrant of any age is considered “Novice” when competing for the first time. You must win two novice events to move up to Intermediate, and one event in Intermediate to move up to Open.


. This summer, official CANLOG logger sports events are in Kaslo (May 20 & 21); Revelstoke (May 20); Port McNeill (June 2 & 3); Barriere (July 1); Chase (July 2); Bowen Island (July 8 & 9); Powell River (July 14 to 16); Campbell River (August 12 & 13); Smithers (August 26); Duncan (September 9 & 10)

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Strength, balance, courage

This is how you do it

Climb the pole! Use the spurs to gain purchase on the pole and the flipline to keep from falling backwards.

Items of interest

Historically, high-riggers had the most dangerous – and highlypaid – jobs in camp. They were responsible for setting cables on spar trees.

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Obstacle Pole Bucking



Chainsaw, eight-inch diameter log at a 30-degree incline


Strength, speed, balance, precision

This is how to do it

Start by standing next to the top end of the cedar. Pick up your chainsaw, run to the bottom end, walk up the log and balance near the top. Make a cut one-inch deep near the end of the log, then finish the cut from the other side. The cuts must match up. After the piece falls off, shut off your saw, run down the log and around to the front of the log and tag the end.

Items of interest

This event originated in Squamish. It usually lasts 12 to 14 seconds.

Single-buck, Double-buck, Jack & Jill, Jill & Jill Intermediate • Double-buck Canadian Championship Open • Double-buck Canadian Championship


Crosscut saw, log, wedges, lube


Teamwork, knowledge, strength

This is how you do it

Saw through the log. Lubricants and wedges may be used to aid sawing.

Items of interest

This is a historical event – crosscut saws were used before chainsaws. They’re designed to be pulled through the wood, not pushed.

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Husky Stock Saw Challenge Open • Canadian Championship


18”-diametre log, chainsaw of 100cc or less – may be modified.


Control, strength, knowing your saw.

This is how you do it

Make three cuts: one down, one up, and one down, trimming three disks off the log.

Items of interest

In all chainsaw events, competitors wear pants made of Kevlar or other material to protect their legs from errant cuts.

Hot saw Open • World Championship


140 cc or less (hot saw). 18”diameter log. Saws must be single-cylinder engines using mixed gas and must be hand-started. Legal modifications include installing a larger-volume carburetor, boring out the cylinder, installing a full-circle balanced crankshaft, polishing the intake exhaust ports, installing a larger chain sprocket, and adding an expansion chamber.


Control, strength, mechanics, knowing your saw.

This is how you do it

Make three cuts: one down, one up, and one down, creating three “cookies.”

Item of interest

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Strength, balance, accuracy, fearlessness

This is how you do it

Intermediate class - cut two springboard holes one on top of the other. Put the boards in, and climb on the top one. Chop halfway through the tree, turn 180 degrees, and chop through the remainder. The clock stops when the chopped block hits the ground. Open class - cut two holes as in intermediate class. Insert boards, chop halfway through the tree. Climb down, repeat on the other side of the tree, and chop through until the block hits the ground.

Items of interest

In the early days of logging, fallers worked in teams of two and used axes and crosscut saws. To cut down on the time it took to fall a large tree, they started their cuts in the straight part of the tree, above the swell of the butt. To reach that height, they chopped notches in the tree and inserted springboards. The name ‘springboard’ came about because the boards act like springs and can help a faller drive his axe harder into a cut. In this event, it’s vital to cut perfect springboard holes. A pro can cut his hole with four swings of his axe.

Relay World Championship


Chainsaw, choker, axe and crosscut saw


Strength, speed, and teamwork

This is how you do it

The teams must consist of one lady (ladies’ stock saw), one novice-intermediate (chokerman’s race), one open (underhand chop) and another novice-intermediate (Jack and Jill double-buck).

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Powell River Logger Sports: 2016 results Peter Colliver Memorial Chop 1. Mitchell Hewitt 2. Brian Barton 3. Dave MacLeod 4. Nick Russell 5. Karl Bischoff 6. Kevin Steward Chair Carve - World Championship 1. Dave MacLeod 2. Stirling Hart 3. Ben Lefler 4. Brian Barton 5. Brad Laviolette 6. Gordon Mauhl Relay Event - World Championship 1. Stirling Hart, Leo Coudrau, Danielle Tkach 2. Kevin Steward, Jesse Whitehead, Katelan Steward 3. Allan Knapp, Mitchell Hewitt, Anita Jezowski 4. Brad Laviolette, Dave MacLeod, Michelle Lefler 5. Brad Laughlin, Darren Dean, Sarah Mooney 6. Brian Barton, Jeff Coburn, Kat Spencer Kids Axe Throw 1. Jake Hewitt 2. Nathan Gruntman 3. Ryo Holmgren Kids Chokerman’s Race 1. Braeden Coburn 2. Jake Hewitt 3. Ry Holmgren

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Two-Man Springboard - Canadian Championship 1. Leo Coudrau, Stirling Hart 2. Karl Bischoff , Nick Russell 3. Jesse Whitehead, Mitch Hewitt 4. Kevin Steward, Dave MacLeod 5. Brian Barton, Lukas John Brown 6. Darren Dean, Brad Laughlin Open Axe Throw 1. Mitch Hewitt 2. Ben Lefler 3. Dave MacLeod 4. Stirling Hart Open Single Buck 1. Nick Russell 2. Mitch Hewitt 3. Jesse Whitehead 4. Karl Bischoff 5. Brad Laughlin

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Do you want to become a chainsaw operator? Learn the basics of chainsaw operation. Contact us to get your name on the interest list.

Want to know more? Call us at 604-485-2878 or visit

Bring your appetite and a bit of cash, and enjoy great food while helping support local community projects.

Powell River has been trusting Pat and Joanne with funeral services for more than a quarter century. Providing dignified service to the region since 1969

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604 485-4112 7221 Duncan Street

At the Tla’amin Convenience Store 10 min north of town in Sliammon

Gifts • Gas Grocery Eat-In/Take-Out Ice Cream Slushies Open at 7 (8 on Sun) Fresh deli items to go daily


Open Underhand Chop - Canadian Championship 1. Mitch Hewitt 2. Brian Barton 3. Jesse Whitehead 4. Stirling Hart 5. Nick Hall Open Chokerman’s Race 1. Jesse Whitehead 2. Brian Barton 3. Allan Knapp 4. Darren Dean 5. Dave MacLeod Open Obstacle Pole - Canadian Championship 1. Jesse Whitehead 2. Dave MacLeod 3. Brian Barton 4. Katelan Steward 5. Kevin Steward Open Springboard - Canadian Championship 1. Mitch Hewitt 2. Stirling Hart 3. Jesse Whitehead 4. Brian Barton 5. Lukas John Brown Open Double Buck 1. Roger Briscoe, Dave MacLeod 2. Karl Bischoff, Nick Russell 3. Brian Barton, Lukas John Brown 4. Brad Laughlin, Darren Dean 5. Ben Lefler, Nick Hall Open Jack and Jill 1. Jesse Whitehead, Katelan Steward 2. Dave MacLeod , Anita Jezowski 3. Stirling Hart, Danielle Tkach 4. Ben Lefler, Kat Spencer Open 100cc PNE cut - Canadian Championship 1. Brad Laughlin 2. Kevin Steward 3. Mitch Hewitt

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Big, loud, fast & awesome: chainsaw art Starting Thursday night, a dozen expert chainsaw carvers from across North America will start with a log at WIllingdon Beach. By Sunday afternoon, their creations will be ready for the judges. Watch

the creations emerge in real time, as the sawdust flies and sweat drips. Several of these sculptures will become permanent pieces of public art around Powell River - a legacy of Logger Sports.

Clint Bleaney

Damon Gorecki

A shake blocker and certified faller originally from Port Hardy, Clint splits his time between logging and carving.

This welder says he “got tired” of his trade, and was inspired to start carving by Bongo Love.

Powell River

Jesse Toso


Roosevelt, Utah FB: Damon Gorecki

Liam Tromans

Chemainus Facebook and YouTube

Michael Penny

Fernie, BC FB: Michael Arnold Penny This chef, cabinet-maker and musician started with a hammer and chisel, but fell for the chainsaw.

Jesse grew up in Campbell River, and recently completed a waterfront commission north of Powell River. He opened Toso Wood Gallery on Commercial Drive this past February.

A Cape Breton logger for nearly 30 years, Liam now lives in Chemanius and carves on commission.

Marina Cole

In Prince George, Randy hosts carving competitions out of Prince George. The former faller carves fulltime.

As a child in Zimbabwe, Bongo st a r ted c a r v ing stone animals for tourists alongside his grandfather.

Shea Larkin

Boulder, Colorado

Medicine Hat, AB FB: Chainsaw Spirit

This Husqvarna-sponsored competitive carver just started carving with a chainsaw in April 2016.

Randy Gauthier

Saulteau First Nation, BC FB: Peace Country Carvings

Seymour Arm, BC

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Bongo Love

Lafayette, Colorado FB: Bongo Love

Robert Lyon

Brian Widahl

Cochrane, AB FB: Widahl Woodcraft

This is Brian’s first competition. The home renovator began chainsaw carving in the fall of 2015. His new company can “take on any vision and bring it to life.”

Dan Richey

Nanaimo, BC

A lifelong artist, Dan is a seasoned top chainsaw carving competitor. He’s currently working on the world’s largest polar bear carving.

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After the show pick up: - steaks - burgers - wieners -


The Chopping Block is conveniently right across the street!

STORE HOURS Monday – Friday 8 am – 9 pm Saturday 8 am – 6 pm Sundays 10 am – 5 pm

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Logger Sports salutes its volunteers

Barry and Michelle lend their skilled creativity D

rive down Marine Avenue, and you can’t miss it. Rising more than eight feet above his lawn, Barry Rice has carved the ultimate Logger Sports sign - an icon for the iconic event. It’s a bullseye, topped with a massive wood Husqvarna chainsaw, which he’s been puttering away at since January. “Logger Sports Powell River, July 14 15 16,” it proclaims to thousands of summer tourists driving through town this month - not to mention locals. It’s a key communications device for making sure those stands are full (and the event covers its costs) this year. Fascinatingly, Barry has no connection to the forest industry at all, though he’s become a key volunteer. From transporting wood from the forest, to lathing it for the events, from sweeping up around the chainsaw carvers, to now sitting on the Logger Sports committee, the event depends on Barry’s labour - and the 60 to 70 other volunteers who pour themselves into this massive event. “Forestry has been a big part of this community for over 100 years,” Barry said, explaining why he has dedicated so much time and newly-retired energy to the event. “And it’s still a big part of things here. I see logging trucks going by here every day. So it’s nice to see the industry brought out to the forefront so people can witness just a little of what’s going on.” Born and raised in Powell River, Barry moved away decades ago and worked for the Chilliwack parks department. When he retired in 2012, he wanted to move back closer to family and the ocean. The red cedar chainsaw topper was a labour of love. Inspired by last year’s Logger Sports carvers, and after catching a few episodes of Carver Kings (on HGTV, about chainsaw carvers at Williams Lake’s Pioneer Log Homes), he thought he would give it a try. Having completed his first chainsaw carving project, he is particularly inspired by the speed at which the carving competitors breeze through a log. Barry’s spouse, Michelle Pennell, snapped this magazine’s cover photo in late June. She first started snapping Logger Sports last year, when volunteers were hanging flags from the climbing poles for the first time pre-event. All the crew had were cell phones - hardly fitting to capture such a momentous moment. Barry called Michelle,

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who is a very skilled amateur photographer, to come and snap some. She was hooked. Normally, Michelle shoots wildlife here: otters, deer, eagles, woodpeckers and more. Since that day last year, she’s turned her lens to logger sports competitors and volunteers - alongside her work for the Wild Ocean Whales Society. This guide is full of her work. “I just think of them [logger sports competitors] as monkeys climbing up trees so I just shoot them just like wildlife,” Michelle said. “I have a really long lens so I’m not getting in their faces. They’re not posed. The guys and gals are used to me. They’re in the zone when they’re competing.” Both Michelle and Barry note that they’re just a couple of the event’s many volunteers - and others should certainly be in the spotlight. Indeed, Logger Sports depends on the skills and commitment of so many locals - if you have the chance, please thank them on-site! The event couldn’t happen without them.

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“Got problem knees? Call your doctor. Got problem trees? Call your logger.” - Sam Richards certified faller, tree-climber

Industrial & Residential Falling Danger Tree Removal Clean-up/Chipper available Topping, Limbing, Pruning 32 • Your Guide to Logger Sports 2017

Guide to Powell River Logger Sports 2017  

Your guide to Logger Sports in Powell River, July 14-16, 2017. Schedule, profiles, explanation of events and much more!

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