He’s born to chop
STARTING as a woodchopper in country and city shows all around New Zealand, Furlyn Barrett had his feet planted firmly on the ground next to the chopping block.
Hitting his straps in Monto at the weekend, Mr Barrett cut his way through the logs faster than anyone in the ring.
Mr Barrett said he was five years old when he started chopping competitively and he did it because it was a family tradition.
“Much like the Dingles, I was born into the sport and I now have an advantage because I am very big and strong,” Mr Barrett said.
Mr Barrett migrated to Australia in 1989 and drove trucks around Brisbane before moving to Emerald in 1991.
The woodchopper who is always chasing the gold, Rodney Dingle, said the timber was a little strange to cut.
“The hoop pine that that was brought up from Black Butt is not what we normally cut around the Burnett and the blades did want to cut straight,” he said.
Mr Barrett went on to win the underhand chop as well as the standing 10-inch chop.
TOP CHOPPER: Furlyn Barrett, the big Kiwi woodchopper, winner at the Monto Show.