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Denis Arsenault, right, and Daniel Arsenault, won the boil water competition at the Woodsmen competition at the Acadian Festival in Abram Village. Teams were give basic materials and had to bring a can of water to a boil in the least amount of time.
ABRAM VILLAGE – Members of 4-H clubs are getting a chance to learn woodsmen skills through participation in a two-year program.
The Woodsmen’s competition was part of the Acadian Festival held in Abram Village over the weekend.
Some of the participants were new to the event while others have been involved since it began.
Denis Arsenault has taken part in the woodsman’s program since it began and says it is a worthwhile initiative.
“It’s really good,” he said. “Good for young people to learn how they use to do it in the old days.”
In the days of power saws and chain saws, one of the events involved cutting through a black of wood with handsaws. Those who get through the wood the quickest are the winners.
Another part of the competition was teams of two members each were give a hand axe, a knife, a small amount of wood and four matches. The teams hand to split the wood, make kindling and bring a can of water to a boil in the least amount of time.
Arsenault and his partner, Daniel Arsenault, easily won this competition but they’ve done it before.
“Me and Daniel Arsenault, we’ve done this for a couple of years now,” he said. “We’re kind of use to it now.”
Arsenault said the program may be two years old but he used to do a lot of these skill levels on his own.
He said there really isn’t any special skill level involved it’s just a matter of trying to do everything.
“This is a Four-H event, Arsenault said. “There are other competitions where you have axe throwing and things like that.”
Arsenault has competed in Dundas and in Crapaud at similar events.