BARRINGTON - World Champion lumberjack, Darren Hudson, is aiming to give people the real lumberjack experience whether it’s logrolling or axe throwing.
Hudson of the world renowned Scott family, was raised on the river in Barrington and first stepped on a log at the age of five.
It wasn’t long after that he first began competing and has never stopped.
“I travelled the world and I’ve learned the tricks of the trade,” said Hudson. “Now it’s time to come home and teach what I have learned.”
Hudson himself trained with the best in the world in New Zealand.
He said there is little offering of training for lumberjack skills in Canada.
A dream he has harboured for years is about to be realized as he works to complete his dream operation.
Hudson bought his favourite piece of land just behind the Woolen Museum in Barrington and hugging the Barrington River.
There, he has developed the land to offer both locals and tourists an experience like no other.
He will offer all it takes to become a lumberjack, or Jill.
“I can give a lifetime of experience,” said Hudson.
The land is currently being transformed to offer a variety of lumberjack experiences that have been intertwined with Nova Scotia’s heritage including axe throwing, tub racing, tree climbing, bow saw and crosscut saw activities.
When stepping onto the land it is simple to get pulled back in time. Despite being a world star in the lumberjack world, Hudson himself is approachable and easy to talk to with an infectious energy.
His skill in logrolling is awe-inspiring and his showmanship shines through as he makes a pretty difficult skill look as easy as breathing.
The tub racing will challenge your balance, control and awareness of your body’s movements but the risk of tipping will work well to pull you into the moment.
The axe throwing is both exciting and fun and Hudson despite joking the opposite is a natural teacher.
By the time the park opens in the next two weeks, Hudson will have secured harnesses and top ropes to 30-foot trees to allow for people the thrilling chance to work out both mind and body.
A backhoe has dug out what will become a child’s area for logrolling.
“Children have a natural ability to climb and for balance,” said Hudson. He has run several camps in the past for kids and will highlight a children’s program.
The Scott family Timber Show is sharpening its act where they will both thrill and teach of the local heritage.
Not only will Hudson provide the experienced lumberjack with the skills needed to compete, he also wants to see the novice from young to old fill up his camp.
“This is a hands on workshop for people who are curious about it but have never dared to try,” said Hudson.
He will also offer a program for team building to businesses.
He is partnering with several tourist operations throughout the province to provide the ultimate authentic Nova Scotia experience to get your heart pumping and to bring home a story that will get told long after the vacation is over.