BRADLEY — The Axe Women Loggers of Maine are teaming up with the Maine Forest and Logging Museum in Bradley to kick off their first timber event of the year.
From the woods of Ellsworth to all over the country.
A woman created a female team of lumberjills to compete in professional timbersports athletic events.
They’re known as The Axe Women Loggers of Maine.
“We were traveling all over North America for different competitions,” Alissa Wetherbee, founder of The Axe Women Loggers of Maine. “It was so interesting to see the crowds that the women’s competitions would draw.”
Wetherbee said she began chopping wood as a kid but eventually it became a hobby more than a chore.
She said the team is made up of 21 females and most of them are world or collegiate champions.
“When we do a competition or a show, we usually bring three, four or five girls with us,” said Wetherbee. “All the ladies have other jobs. We have doctors vets, lawyers, scientists.”
Witherbee said they demonstrate log rolling, axe throwing, and more in an effort to change the world’s perspective of lumberjills and timbersports.
“She started to do it to show that women can do anything as well as men. I think she’s proven that. Well, the whole team did,” said Mike Wetherbee, Alissa Wetherbee’s husband. “She’s just excited to be part of that whole deal. Anybody can do anything if you believe it.”
When it comes to timbersports gender, size, and strength don’t matter. Wetherbee said it’s all about having technique.
“We just want women and other girls to think even though it’s a sport where not many girls are in, just try it and you never know, you might be really good at it,” Wetherbee said.
Members of the Axe Women Loggers will be hosting demonstrations at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum this weekend as their first event of the year.