Lumberjack show offers amazing feats of strength, dexterity in Trenton

Posted June 18, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.
Lumberjacks Eric Goode (left) and Jack Weeks practice speed climbing at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton.  The participants of &quotTimber" Tina Scheer's show agree that climbing up the approximately 50-foot-tall poles can be unnerving.
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Lumberjacks Eric Goode (left) and Jack Weeks practice speed climbing at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. The participants of "Timber" Tina Scheer's show agree that climbing up the approximately 50-foot-tall poles can be unnerving. Buy Photo
Wood chips fly as &quotTimber" Tina Scheer (left) shows Sam Smith how to prepare a log for the underhand chop during practice for The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. &quotTimber" Tina Scheer said that for the first time in the show's 19-year history there are no lumberjills on the crew of the Trenton-based venue. She started participating in lumberjack shows about 35 years ago in Wisconsin in venues that were started by her family.
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Wood chips fly as "Timber" Tina Scheer (left) shows Sam Smith how to prepare a log for the underhand chop during practice for The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. "Timber" Tina Scheer said that for the first time in the show's 19-year history there are no lumberjills on the crew of the Trenton-based venue. She started participating in lumberjack shows about 35 years ago in Wisconsin in venues that were started by her family. Buy Photo
Sam Smith practices underhand chop in preparation for the season opening at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton as (from left) owner &quotTimber" Tina Scheer, Jack Weeks and Justin James look on. The training starts a few weeks before the opening as many of the show participants have little or no experience. She has to teach them the techiques used in the show, which mostly consist of old-fashioned lumberjack work turned into a friendly competition.
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Sam Smith practices underhand chop in preparation for the season opening at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton as (from left) owner "Timber" Tina Scheer, Jack Weeks and Justin James look on. The training starts a few weeks before the opening as many of the show participants have little or no experience. She has to teach them the techiques used in the show, which mostly consist of old-fashioned lumberjack work turned into a friendly competition. Buy Photo
Justin James (left) falls into the water while practicing a log roll with Ethan Klein in preparation for the season opening at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. They are among the lumberjacks who will appear in &quotTimber" Tina Scheer's show this summer, a unique, old-fashioned show combining old and new kinds of lumberman skills. Like many of the participants, James has no experience in the events, however Klein is a nine-year veteran of the show and is able to offer pointers.
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Justin James (left) falls into the water while practicing a log roll with Ethan Klein in preparation for the season opening at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. They are among the lumberjacks who will appear in "Timber" Tina Scheer's show this summer, a unique, old-fashioned show combining old and new kinds of lumberman skills. Like many of the participants, James has no experience in the events, however Klein is a nine-year veteran of the show and is able to offer pointers. Buy Photo
Lumberjack Caleb Pelletier uses a high-performance chain saw while practicing for the season opener of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. The use of such modern machines, which creates a counterpoint to the other old-fashioned tools used in the show, is geared toward the younger audience.
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Lumberjack Caleb Pelletier uses a high-performance chain saw while practicing for the season opener of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. The use of such modern machines, which creates a counterpoint to the other old-fashioned tools used in the show, is geared toward the younger audience. Buy Photo
Lumberjacks Ethan Klein and Caleb Pelletier (not shown) demonstrate the use of the two-man crosscut saw while practicing for the season opener of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. Tools such as this saw were once widely used in the woods but now are mostly used in competitions, shows and by woodsman skills enthusiasts.  Theirs is one of several old-fashioned competitions in the show that have two teams racing against each other.
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Lumberjacks Ethan Klein and Caleb Pelletier (not shown) demonstrate the use of the two-man crosscut saw while practicing for the season opener of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. Tools such as this saw were once widely used in the woods but now are mostly used in competitions, shows and by woodsman skills enthusiasts. Theirs is one of several old-fashioned competitions in the show that have two teams racing against each other. Buy Photo
Participants practice for the season opening of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. Owner &quotTimber" Tina Scheer said that for the first time in the show's 19-year history there are no lumberjills on the crew at the Trenton-based venue. The show combines a number of largely old-fashioned woodsman skills that require a lot of physical strength.
Gabor Degre | BDN
Participants practice for the season opening of The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. Owner "Timber" Tina Scheer said that for the first time in the show's 19-year history there are no lumberjills on the crew at the Trenton-based venue. The show combines a number of largely old-fashioned woodsman skills that require a lot of physical strength. Buy Photo
Sam Smith practices axe throwing at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. Smith, a Sumner High School student, is one of the lumberjacks who will appear in &quotTimber" Tina Scheer's show this summer, which is a unique, old-fashioned show combining old- and new-style lumberman skills.
Gabor Degre | BDN
Sam Smith practices axe throwing at The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton. Smith, a Sumner High School student, is one of the lumberjacks who will appear in "Timber" Tina Scheer's show this summer, which is a unique, old-fashioned show combining old- and new-style lumberman skills. Buy Photo

TRENTON, Maine — It’s often said that the old ways of living and entertainment are gone, giving way to constant electronic updates from known and unknown people, worlds away. The Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton offers visitors the sight of skilled lumbermen and lumberwomen wielding old-fashioned, sharp tools, and performing little-seen feats of strength and dexterity. The venue was established by “Timber Tina” Scheer 19 years ago after she grew up working in her family’s lumberjack show in Wisconsin.

Timber Tina is well-known for her participation in various television shows. Few people know that 21 years ago she founded the women’s competition at the Lumberjack World Championships and also has an all-women lumberjill show that travels the country.

If you are looking for old-fashioned family fun, with some noise, flying wood chips, hollering lumberjacks and folks doing things most people only see on television, this is the place to visit. Although the show is designed for entertainment, the tasks are very physical. Some of the demonstrations are a wood chop, hand sawing, ax throwing, balancing on a floating log and a 50-foot-high pole climb, just to mention a few.

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