He’s born to chop

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­son@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

TOP CHOP­PER: Furlyn Bar­rett, the big Kiwi wood­chop­per, win­ner at the Monto Show.

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