Lumberjack Adam Martindale hopes to chop his way to the top when he competes in a British championship this weekend.
The 26-year-old is taking part in the 2015 British Rookie Timbersports Championship on Sunday at Harewood House in Yorkshire, where he will have to saw, slice and chop at speed.
Adam works as an arborist and chainsaw carver, so has experience working with wood and tools.
It is the first time he has taken part and he has been training with Stihl Timbersports for the past four months to prepare for the competition.
Adam, from Eccleston, said: “I’m looking forward to the event. I’m also feeling fairly confident about doing quite well at it - hopefully anyway.”
The rookie championship will see competitors prove their skills in three different disciplines - the single buck, stock saw and underhand chop.
The single buck sees people race to cut through a 46cm-diameter log using a two-metre-long single-man crosscut saw; the stock saw involves racing to cut two timber cookies from a horizontally-set log; and the underhand chop sees competitors stand on a horizontal log and cleave it in two with an axe, chopping from both sides just centimetres from their feet.
Being part of the Timbersports event is something Adam has always wanted to do and he was delighted to be selected to take part.
“I was chuffed to bits to be chosen,” he said.
“I had seen it at shows as a kid and always fancied having a go. When I saw an advert, I thought I would have a go.”
“Some people think it’s mad because of the size of the axe and how sharp they are. Some people can’t quite comprehend what happens and when they see it they are gobsmacked by it.”Adam Martindale
The competition is being held as part of the CLA Game Fair, with a championship also taking place for expert lumberjacks from around the world competing in six disciplines.
And if Adam does well on Sunday, he could progress to face rookies in other competitions and work towards the expert level.
Adam, who is married and has a son, has always enjoyed outdoor sports, especially climbing, and that is what led to him becoming a lumberjack.
He does a variety of work, from milling logs and pruning trees to carving sculptures and rustic furniture.
This weekend he will be pulling on chainmail and other protective items as he takes part in the championship.
And he says people are surprised when they hear about the Timbersports competition.
He said: “People are a bit shocked. I don’t think some people have heard of it.
“Some people think it’s mad because of the size of the axe and how sharp they are. Some people can’t quite comprehend what happens and when they see it they are gobsmacked by it.”