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A real-life lumberjack school is coming to Brooklyn

By David Goldberg

It looks like the "rugged" aesthetic that has come to define Brooklyn is here to stay: July saw the first edition of Project Woodchips' Woodsman Camp, a week-long summer seminar on butch competitive activities like axe-throwing, sawing, pole climbing and speed-chopping. This October, the Woodchips team will introduce the first edition of Axes After Dark, an after-hours axe-specialty competition course held at Gotham Archery in Brooklyn. 

Paul Smith's Woodsman School Final Competition 2016 from Brian Russell - Red Shoe Film on Vimeo.

Project Woodchips founders Paula Pou and Caitlin Barrett created the organization after spending time with professional lumberjacks in the Adirondacks. The two lightweight strongman competitors want city dwellers to embrace lumberjack culture out of a love for the outdoors and desire to learn practical survival skills—and not for an ironic style choice. Apparently, the Williamsburg counter-revolution has begun. 

Axes After Dark is on October 7 from 8pm to midnight. You can learn about Project Woodchips here


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