Horse logging is the removal of felled timber using horses. Horse-logging, or ‘snigging’, has grown very popular in recent years and for good reason: using horses in woodlands is traditional, eco-friendly and the horses can work in steep conditions where machinery would often get stuck. Horses can get to areas that machinery can’t get into and they work much more quietly than most forestry machinery.
The horses can either use chains to pull the logs or a Norwegian/Scandinavian timber arch, which is a metal arch making extraction easier. The arch has two shafts, which go on either side of the horse, and there is a bar at the back with teeth on which the butt of the log rests. This has the effect of making it easier for the horse to pull the log but it also prevents any jolts being transferred to the horse’s back. The horses are driven from the ground using reins and voice control.
Come and see this fascinating display by Hawthorn Heavy Horses, showing horse logging in action!
Falconry – Ben Long & Team
In our falconry marquee we will be holding demonstrations on how to fly a number of suitable species: owls, hawks and small falcons included. You may also have the opportunity to fly a bird yourself, so bring the camera for a excellent photo opportunity!
We will also have a static display of raptors, each one with information about the species and a number of enthusiastic experts on hand to answer all your questions. Explore our exhibition of falconry related objects and pictures; occasional equipment-making demonstrations and a few surprises too!
Our outdoor demonstrations will take place in the arena and will demonstrate the hunting birds at work, with training techniques and a wealth of interesting information.
The Welsh Axemen are a Lumberjack sports team who demonstrate and compete in shows and events across the UK. They demonstrate and compete in a variety of different events using axes and saws showing original lumberjack skills, alongside modern techniques and equipment.
The Welsh Axemen start their demonstrations using chainsaws to carve a small item which is usually given away to the younger members of the crowd.
Stock Saw racing
Using two perfectly matched chainsaws in a race to see who is the best chainsaw operator, cutting two “cookies” in the fastest time.
Taking a standard chainsaw, we then modify it by adding a racing exhaust and port and polish the engine. Similar to the stock saw we race the saws against each other, this time with more noise and faster speeds to show what can be achieved with minor modifications.
Using a razor sharp axe, the springboard chop simulates the old techniques of getting above the hard to cut wood. The Axemen cut a pocket into the springboard pole then insert a springboard into the pocket, they complete this for a second time, then while standing on the springboard they cut the log attached to the top. The fastest time is the winner.
This demonstrates the felling of a tree. The axemen cut the log using axes from both sides until the block is completely severed. This technique requires accuracy along with strength.
This demonstrates the cutting up of timber into more manageable lengths. The Axemen stand on small foot holes cut into the top of the log then cutting just millimetres from their feet, they work the log from both sides until completely severed. These Axemen need nerves of steel for this event.
Hot saws are custom built chainsaws usually using motorbike or go-kart engines. These are extremely fast, extremely loud and a crowd favourite. Again like the Stock Saw the operator cuts three “cookies” in sequence. This is usually completed quicker than a single “cookie” using a standard chainsaw.
Will Little Red Riding Hood escape the attentions of the Big Bad Wolf? And if she does (and she usually manages to) and the Big Bad Wolf then turn his attentions to the Three Little Pigs, will they be able to outwit him? It’s an action packed and fun filled production by the amazing Pinxton Puppets, perfect for the young and the young at heart.