At 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds, Chadds Ford native Martha King is redefining the lumberjack stereotype, writes Michael Bradley for Main Line Today.
The 30-year-old sales manager for Hearne Hardwoods in Oxford started competing in wood chopping during her days at Penn State. She took a break, then picked it back up six years ago after her interest was reignited during a stay in Germany. Once she returned to the States, she connected with Mike Eash, a competitor and trainer based in Coatesville.
“He broke me down and built me up,” said King.
Since then, King has emerged as one of the world’s top lumberjills. Just during the Lumberjack World Championships this year, she managed to capture two individual titles and the all-around crown. She also holds the world record in two underhand chopping events and has competed on three continents.
And while she does not have the typical body type for the sport, her precise technique makes up for it and helps her outmaneuver more powerful challengers.
“She really uses it to the greatest advantage,” said Peg Engasser, a fellow competitor. “She uses every bit of herself to win.”
Read more about Martha King in Main Line Today here.