STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Lumberjack Dictionary

Axe -- The tool used during chopping events.  Axe sizes, grinds and edges differ depending 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 axe 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 axe 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 an event.

DQed -- Disqualification in an event.

Driving Blows -- Large powerful swings of an axe 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 axe 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 axe raised above, and turns to begin backside cut in one fluid motion.

Heel -- The edge of the axe that is nearest to the handle or bottom of the axe blade.

Hollow -- The area of relief, or depression, in the axe behind the chisel or banana that provides lift to bust chips out of the way as the axe 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 axe 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 axe 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 axe that is furthest from the handle or top of the axe 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.