Stranger #15: Terry


It seems from my (very limited) knowledge of woodchopping in Tasmania that it is a sport that moves through generations – grandfathers, fathers, sons, grandsons – and the junior members of teams are supported by their elders. Terry, however, is the only member of his family involved in the sport. He’s been woodchopping for 48 years and has chopped all over Australia and New Zealand. He chops “just about every weekend”.

Terry, who has lived and worked in the Tasmanian bush his whole life, captained the Australian veterans team for four years. In that time the team was undefeated.

One thing Terry loves about woodchopping is the people, but he also loves the precision required.


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