Family tree will branch out at Show

Wood choppers Tyler Reynolds (14), Bob Reynolds (78), Brett Reynolds (43), Max Reynolds (16) and Ethan Reynolds (10) with Austin Reynolds (8). Picture: David Baylis d425667a
Wood choppers Tyler Reynolds (14), Bob Reynolds (78), Brett Reynolds (43), Max Reynolds (16) and Ethan Reynolds (10) with Austin Reynolds (8). Picture: David Baylis d425667a

For the third year in a row, three generations of the Reynolds family will compete at the Perth Royal Show’s Wood Chopping Carnival.

The eldest of the Reynolds axemen is Bob Reynolds (78), who picked up wood chopping working in the South-West’s timber industry, while the youngest is his grandson Austin Reynolds who just turned eight.

In the middle is Brett Reynolds (43) who says his four sons were keen to start as soon as they could handle an axe. Six of the Reynolds will compete at the show this year.

‘Dad got involved during his work with the timber industry, I grew up going to wood chops and got into it that way and I guess it’s the same with my boys,’ he said.

‘It’s not really competitive until you’re about 15 or 16 because a lot of strength is required ” past that age it is more about a good technique.’

According to Brett, the dry, hot climate in recent years has made WA’s native jarrah wood much harder and difficult to chop.

It will be a busy time this woodchopping season for the six Reynolds axemen.

‘After the Royal Show we basically have a competition every weekend leading into December,’ he said.

In the west, the sport has declined in recent years as competitor numbers drop off.