Friday, December 19, 2008

Home for the Holidays

Hey guys, hope everyone did well during this last semester, and that you all have a great holiday season at home with your families. Frank will be contacting the folks that are interested in working at Erwin High over the holidays at some point, so more info will be forthcoming. Once again, enjoy your break, you guys have earned it!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Forestry Club Meeting Notes

Here's what was discussed:

1) Trail Maintenance at Erwin High School
  • Frank will be traveling to meet with Ann Weatherly on Wednesday Dec. 3rd at 3PM to discuss a plan of action. Anyone who wishes to go with him is welcome, just meet at the vans at 2PM.
  • We start maintenance presumably on Dec. 6th, so anyone who is interested needs to get with a FC officer to add their name to the list.

2) T-shirts

  • T-shirts are up for the vote once again, as the previous design scheme was deemed too detailed. Anyone's design could win, so get something (ie. A design and/or slogan) together to present at the next meeting.

3) SAWA Meeting

  • Is to be held in Concord, NC at noon on December 7th
  • Hopefully we will have a school van to take, so we will be meeting at the vans at 7AM Sunday Morning to head out.
  • Bring money for any membership dues (if you wish to join), and lunch
  • Jimmy stresses that this meeting is very important, especially for members and future members of SAWA, as many policies and procedures as well as club officers will be voted on/for.

4) New FC meeting time

  • As was voted on unanimously, we will now be meeting bi-monthly rather than weekly, as much of the information has become redundant, and with exams coming, study time is precious. The next scheduled meeting will be December 8th.

5) Trail Maintenance on the Beatty Forest

  • Get with Andrew Stewart or Bob Pinkston if you wish to assist on this project.

Well, that's all folks! Study hard and have fun!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Haywood's lumberjacks squared off against NC State and VA Tech in Rolleo at the Hill Forest last weekend. Here are a few pictures from the day.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Notes from the 11/3/08 club meeting

Howdy folks! Here are a few of the highlights.......

  1. Fall Fling volunteers are needed this Wednesday to help out as well as help represent our club. See a club officer to ask what you can do.
  2. Concerning club t-shirts: Be sure to have your design and/or slogan ready by next Monday, keep in mind we want mountains, some wildlife and, of course, trees. We'll be putting them to the vote during the next meeting.
  3. We are still looking for donations for the silent auction.
  4. Erwin High School has paid us the honor of asking for our help in clearing a nature trail on their property, so we'll be looking for volunteers to help with that.
  5. Be thinking of dates for the following:
  • Lumberjack dinner/breakfast
  • Silent Auction
  • Maintenance on the Beaty Forest trails/campground
  • Preston Forest trail maintenance
  • Hike to Shining Rock

That's all I have, folks. Keep studying, and have fun!


Monday, October 27, 2008

Cold Mountain hiking trip

The Sunday trip to Cold Mountain was a success with our group of club members, led by Bob Pinkston, reaching the summit. Here are a few pictures taken by Jeremy Graves and friends to help you experience the trip. Enjoy!

The journey begins at Camp Daniel Boone

Forester Bob Pinkston leads the way

A glimpse of fall color

The majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in fall. Absolutely gorgeous.


A great day indeed!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Some Pics from the SAWA event Saturday Oct 18th

Guffey contemplates where to sink his axe during throwing axe qualifiers.
Looks like a one pointer
Branson shows us how it's done during the stock saw qualifiers.
Judge cuttin' his second cookie during stock saw qualifiers.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Meeting Recap from 10/6/08

Just hitting the high spots from the meeting here.

Concerning SGA events:

We need the names of any and all volunteers who can help out with one or more of the nine scheduled events. For a list of these events, please see a FC officer. The more folks we can get out there helping, the better our chances of winning 'Top Club' are. Again, see a FC officer to submit your name.

Concerning the Cradle:

GREAT JOB GUYS!!! We didn't win first, but, no worries, that can be remedied. I was proud to see the sheer overabundance of Haywood team spirit! I was also proud to see the heart certain individuals showed in fighting 'til the time limit, and not giving up! We have a great team, y'all, let's pull it together and take it to 'em at State for Roleo on the 15th of November. Practice, more practice.

Other events:

Any and all team members interested in the SAWA meet in Cruso, to be held on October 18th, need to get your names to Jimmy ASAP. There will be a $10.00 membership fee (this covers all eight shows for next year as well), and then a $5.00 fee per event you enter. Jimmy doesn't need your money right now, but will in the next week. Practice up, 'cause you could be on TV! No pressure there.........

That's all for now


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Cradle of Forestry 2008

Well, the HCC Woodsmen's Team fell just shy of first place after making an amazing nail-biter of a comeback during the 2nd half of the 13th annual woodsmen's meet at the Cradle of Forestry's Festival day event. However, the HCC lumberjacks and jills finished on top in many individual events. All those afternoons of practice paid off for the log roll team of Frank Potts, Rance Rogers, Julie Davis and Jeremy Graves who took first place. Guffey regained his mojo in bolt split. Daniel Jones and Braxton Spurlin took top slots in the stock saw while both men's crosscut teams (Judge/LaGrange & Guffey/Ward) finished ahead of the pack--"Wolfpack", that is...we were thrilled that NC State could join us this year at the Cradle! Haywood also had 1st place finishes with Julie Davis's women's axe throw win and Jon Wards first place finish in single buck. Our pole fell teams also shined with 1st and 2nd place finishes. Mont Alto barely edged our dendrology and quiz bowl teams in close contests and managed to end HCC's 8-year Cradle winning streak. Congratulations! Below are a few videos from the day. More are posted at:

Monday, September 29, 2008

Forestry Club Gives Demo and History Lesson at Haywood Fairgrounds

On Friday, Forestry Club and Lumberjack team members put on a demonstration and talked about forest history with Haywood County elementary school kids. Axe-throwing was, of course, a highlight and club members Bill Sweeney and Christine Litton were right on target!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

HCC's Axe Masters

As the 2008 Cradle of Forestry Draws nearer, the practice field is alive with the "thuds", "dings", "clanks", and "knocks" associated with axe-throw practice--especially when misthrown axes bounce and careen off of various objects NEAR the target. Here are a few clips ending in the soft and sweet "thump" sound of a well-directed throw.

Bill Sweeney's patented 1-armed viking hurl.

Frank Potts hits axe targets and hornets nests with stunning accuracy.

Kelly Farmer shows the guys up with a solid bulls eye.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Forestry Club meeting schedule change

Tomorrow's FC meeting is cancelled due to it being in direct conflict with a scheduled academic clinic. Frank and the board have set a new day, as this clinic will be meeting every week henceforth, but will be keeping the same scheduled time. Starting next week, the new meeting day will be Monday still at noon in room 309/310. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to respond here, or see Frank, John, Andrew, or Ethan.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Forestry Club at Back to School Blast

The HCC Forestry Club and Woodsmen's Team set up a booth and timbersports demonstrations at HCC's "Back to School Blast". Club officers were on hand to talk to other students about the forestry program and members of the woodsmen's team put on a "clinic" on crosscut sawing and chopping. Members also tried their skills on a mechanical bull that SGA had on site for the event.

Club officers Jon Ward and Frank Potts manned an info table which highlighted the history of western NC forestry and HCC's natural resources programs.

Nathan "Junior" Edwards takes on the bull!

Ward and Guffey demo crosscut sawing.

Judge and Braxton race with DUI goggles.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Haywood Lumberjacks Active in SAWA

Sophomore forestry students James Judge and Braxton Spurlin are continuing their lumberjack training over the summer and are actively competing in the South Atlantic Woodsman's Association (SAWA). In 2008, the HCC Lumberjack Coach, Jimmy Lawrence, took over leadership of the SAWA and Haywood Community College became a major sponsor of the association. The summer/fall season gets kicked off Saturday, June 21, with a competition at the Cradle of Forestry.

(Photo: Braxton Spurlin beginning chop in pole-fell event at 2008 Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Meet.)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Club Wraps up Year with Banquet

The Forestry Club wrapped up a successful 2007-2008 year with their annual banquet this week. Club officers, advisors, staff, and individual students were recognized for their academic achievements and efforts in the forestry program and club activities. The club had a successful year of fundraising to support woodsmen's meets, attendance at conferences, supplies, and other activities--over $8,000 was raised through grants, sponsorships, and t-shirt and firewood sales. Instructor and "event coordinator" Bob Pinkston was recognized with a STIHL Mid-Atlantic Meet road sign that was signed by the club. HCC staff Gene Stano and Scott Page were also recognized for their efforts in making the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen's Meet a spectacular success. Other awards were presented that highlighed student "extracurricular" activities (below).

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Haywood Finishes 2nd at Mid-Atlantic Woodsmens Meet

Beautiful weather but stiff competition welcomed the Haywood Lumberjacks this past weekend at the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen's Meet. Accolades are deserving for the faculty, staff, and students who worked hard to make the event a spectacular success. The Penn State Mont Alto, Penn College, Montgomery Community College, and Allegany Community College teams traveled far and performed well. A big thanks to the teams, STIHL, and our other sponsors for such a great weekend! Enjoy the pics!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Lumberjack Team on ESPN Timbersports Page

HCC's Lumberjacks have a feature article on ESPN's Timbersports website as they make their final preparations for the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen's meet. To read the article, click on the link HERE! We look forward to seeing you at the competition field on campus this Saturday!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Haywood's Axmen

The team has worn out the practice wood in preparation for the upcoming 2008 Mid-Atlantic Woodsmen's Meet to be held here on campus. Forestry Club President James Bentley only had two words for the competition....."Bring it."

Chainsaw Practice

HCC Sophomore Lumberjack, Justin Grose, practices for the stock-saw event. Not bad!!

Single-Buck with Tiny

HCC Lumberjack sophomore Josh "Tiny" Roten practices single-buck sawing.

Cross-Cut Clinic

HCC Lumberjack sophomores James Bentley and Nathan Edwards practice crosscut sawing.

Axe Throw

HCC Freshmen Lumberjack and Fish & Wildlife Management student, Jarrett Guffey, demonstrates axe-throw.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

HCC Forestry Club Hosting STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Challenge

Mark your calendars! The HCC Forestry Club will be hosting the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Woodsmens meet and STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Challenge on Saturday, April 12. We'll be welcoming Penn State Mont Alto, Penn College of Technology, Montgomery Community College, and Allegany College of Maryland to campus for a day of lumberjacking! Events kick off at 9:00 am with archery and dendrology and continue all day. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Challenge happens at 12:30 where one competitor from each team will vie for a spot in the STIHL® Intercollegiate Championship in Columbus, Georgia this summer. See you on campus!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

HCC Wins Virginia Tech Mini Conclave

HCC woodsmen team traveled this past weekend to Blacksburg VA. to compete against NCSU, VT, and DSLCC in their annual mini-conclave. HCC took many of the events with a first place, to finish with a win in the end.

While at VT, the students took a tour of Cheathem Hall to learn a little more about VT forestry program and take a look at the class rooms.

(Above)HCC Woodman team during the tour of Cheathem hall.

The trip proved to be very fun and informational.
The forestry club would liked to thank VT for the invitation.

(Right )James B. and Heather J. took first in Jack and Jill.
(Above) James B and Nathan E. win Men's Cross cut with a 3.8 sec. Cookie on 8x8 white pine.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Forestry Club back at HCC and Back to Work!

The Forestry Club at HCC kicked off their spring semester with a pizza lunch and info session with University of Idaho Natural Resources Recruiter, Mike Loehring. Mr. Loehring talked to natural resources students about forestry and fish and wildlife programs and transfer agreements.

The club also left for the APSAF winter meeting in Myrtle Beach yesterday. Pictures to follow!