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A chip off the ol' block

Updated: June 17, 2009, 6:04 PM ET
By Cash Lambert | STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.com

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS professional Mike Slingerland gave a demonstration of the underhand chop to the crowd before the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series began in Cumberland, Md., in late April.

"The perfect chop should be done in 20 to 22 swings of an axe," Slingerland said to the college competitors and fans circling the arena.

Roughly two hours later, his son, Matt Slingerland, split the 12-inch diameter piece of white pine in 22 hits — 11 on each side. Suddenly, "perfect" ...

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