We’ve been getting a lot of good questions about our upcoming lumberjack getaway. And some of the most pressing center on one thing: How in the world do I get there?
We sat down with Outside Magazine a little while back to talk about what we were trying to build with Project Woodchips, and to play around with some of our axes. We didn't expect such a thoughtful, thorough examination of it all. Check out the full article!
That’s why it’s to Project Woodchips’s endless credit that it really isn’t about affecting a particular look, or cultivating an image. (Rather than mounting them above the fireplace, Barrett keeps her axes hidden in a closet a home—less hipster, more serial killer.) The founders' enthusiasm about their lumberjack experience last summer, and the reason why they have remained so committed ever since, stems from the personal joy and fulfillment they got out of actually doing real shit. Just because that real shit doesn't occur naturally in Brooklyn, should participants feel guilty for wanting to get outdoors and give it a shot? Barrett and Pou don't think so.
“Doing manual things felt so different from my day to day,” Barrett says. “Learning so much new stuff, I found it very restful in a weird way. I just felt like I’d had a reset.”
Nick Zdon is a modern-day jack of all trades (and master of many). He has a killer collection of vintage and antique axes and axe labels, and he taught us everything we know about collecting, restoring, and understanding the history of American axes. He's one of our favorite people at the metaphorical axe bar, and he’s quick to share his appreciation and respect for the lost art behind a sharp axe.
Mark Hopper has been smithing for more than 25 years, and, through his studio Goatnhammer, he teaches novice smiths the joys of making things with nothing more than heat, steel, and a hammer.
A competitive lumberjill and dedicated outdoor enthusiast, Kimi Sekorski talks to us about the grit and dedication that it takes to compete on a woodsman team.
A former producer of the Stihl Ironjack Series, Brett McLeod is as close as you'll get to meeting a modern-day Paul Bunyan. Brett has been competing and coaching professional lumberjack sports for 15 years. Learn from Brett and other exceptional woodsfolk during the Project Woodchips Getaway in July of 2016.