Carsen's a real chip off the block
THE sooner the chips are down the better for a local sportsman.
A ridgy-didge chip off the old block, Carsen Jones, 17, has been ripping logs apart since he was three years old under the watchful eye of his father, Ken.
Jones recently won his first points trophy at the Rockhampton Show in the open section, taking out three firsts – two in the standing block, one in the underhand.
“It's my best achievement so far,” Jones said.
It was at the Biloela Show, however, that he registered his first official scalp, winning the open competition.
He started competing at woodchop at the age of 10 and recalled his first event as an eye-opener into the popular spectator sport.
“I was looking down at the other woodchoppers, who were all 18-year-old boys, and it was pretty overwhelming,” he said.
While confessing to not having done too well in the chop, he has not looked back. He has attended Ekka, as well as shows in northern NSW,
Visitors to the Mount Larcom Show today can catch a demonstration of Jones turning wood into chips, along with a handful of other woodchoppers.
“The atmosphere should be good,” Jones said.
“People always come up to me after a chop and ask lots of questions.
“I think it's a sport they don't know much about, which is why they're interested.
“It's not like rugby league or soccer where they know what is going on when they watch.”
Jones will be wielding a Keesteel axe, his instrument of choice, which is a heavy make.
Fittingly, Jones is an apprentice carpenter, juxtaposing his chosen career of crafting wood products with the sport turning wood into chips. Eventually he hopes to throw his axe over his shoulder and tour the country competing in the sport.
“It would be good to travel to shows around the country,” he said.