Not only we have the leading woodchoppers in the world but also our very own NT champion. See these champions compete against each other at the 2019 40th Anniversary Show.
Tony is a retired sawmiller and is the only Northern Territory Axeman. Tony started when he was 67 years old competing at Royal Shows in Adelaide, Perth and the Tablelands in QLD. He has won many chops in his class. His favourite event is sawing and has won numerous events throughout Australia. Tony is the coordinator for the Woodchopping Event at the Freds Pass Rural Show and is passionate about keeping this event alive for the benefit of our patrons.
Master of Ceremonies and King Chairmaker
Darren has been visiting Freds Pass Show for over 10 years and will provide all the highlights as they happen at this year’s Show. He is 52 years of age and lives in Sheffield in Tasmania. He owns his own tree removal business and has been woodchopping for over 28 years. He is a 3rd generation woodchopper. Darren has won events Australia wide at all major royal shows.
Kelly is a tree lopper and is married with four children. He has won numerous championships throughout Australia. Kelly is a current member of the Tasmanian Team. Kelly Oakley is recognised as one of the best Axe Grinders and sends his work worldwide.
The family tradition of wood chopping looks set to continue. Gerald is joined in competitions by his brother Kelly, and now Kelly’s son, making it four generations of Oakley’s who have competed on the Tasmanian wood chopping stage. As a 3rd generation timber cutter, the brother’s lives has been spent around sawmills, logging timber and clearing trees. Their grandfather owned a sawmill, their father built his own, and Gerald, his three brothers and sister spent much of their childhood following logging contracts around the state.
Brad has been wood chopping since he was 9 and is a 4th generation sawyer, giving him a wealth of experience in the sport having travelled overseas to compete while he also attended the Lumberjack World Championships in the USA for 11 years. Brad, who is a carpenter by trade and now makes crosscut saws for a living, has been extremely busy with his family business.
Kris is a primary school teacher who found her love of woodchopping 2 decades ago. She has competed in many events and is a member of the Australian Womens Woodchopping Team!
Stuart is a boilermaker by trade now working in the logging industry. He is a family man with 3 children. He is a late starter in woodchopping and has only been chopping for around 7 years, but is fast becoming one of Tasmania’s top Axeman. He has won chopping events in Tasmania and major shows on the mainland.
William is a qualified arborist from the North Island of New Zealand. As well as working with trees he is a Dairy Farmer. He started woodchopping at the age of 11 following his two older brothers. William was one of the youngest members of the NZ under 21 team at the age of 15. He has done Cross Cut Sawing, Cutting Underhand, Standing Blocks, Doublehand Saw and Single Saw and has competed in both NZ and Australia.
Anthony has been chopping since he got his first axe at age 3 and started competing when he was 8. He is 54 years old, is a 4th generation axeman and comes from a logging timber industry family. He competes in Australia most years at some of the Royal shows and enjoys cutting Australian wood.
Brett Cole has been chopping wood competitively for many years & travels upwards of 50,000 kilometres a year to compete in shows around the country. He was the current Victorian Double Handed Sawing Champion and has held several Victorian championship titles over the years. Brett did wood chopping when he was a kid and cut a couple of his toes off and didn’t do it again until he was 25 years old.
"Creating inspiring works of art and bringing wood form to life is what chainsaw sculpture is all about."
Brandon Kroon has been passionate about creating, fixing and working with his hands ever since he could remember. Entering in to the carving and sculpting scene in 2013; he has done a wide selection of artworks through Australia, competed in the National Carving Championship four times running and has attended many shows and demonstrations along the way.
Located in Melbourne's outer east, in Mount Evelyn; Brandon has been mentored by some of the country's best carvers and has taken his own personal style into the industry.
Brandon's carving profession has also taken him onto the international scale; this year competing among the world's best at the 2017 US Open Chainsaw Carving Championship and took home fourth.