92-year-old Vic Summers in action on the saw.
92-year-old Vic Summers in action on the saw. Craig Warhurst

Summers swaps the axe for the saw

THE Troy Cassar-Daley song They don’t make ’em Like that Anymore could be written for 92-year-old Vic Summers.

Summers is a living legend of the wood chopping circuit and his retirement from the sport two years ago, aged 90, at the Gympie Show made national headlines.

The year after, Summers came out of retirement for another go at the woodchop at the show.

This year he hung up the axe and took up the “easier” sport of sawing.

In his first contest with partner Max Krogh, Summers won another Gympie show ribbon winning the Open Veterans Handicap Sawing.

Summers said sawing was a little easier than chopping.

“I feel pretty good,” Summers said.

“It only takes half the time of chopping and you have somebody to help you,” he laughed.

Summers said he was pretty sure he had given up the axe for good now. “I think so ... but you never know,” he said.

While Summers may have given up the axe, Carl Winkel from Mt Mee is just taking up the sport. 

The 18-year-old debuted in the standing block competition yesterday, and won. He is a fifth-generation woodchopper.

“It’s in my blood,” Winkel said.

“My dad was a world champion axeman.

“Everyone says he was the greatest standing block chopper ever.

“Dad didn’t think I was ready for the standing block, but I came here and won,” he said.