Dentz, a.k.a. Tossin' Tommy the Lumberjack, visited Washington School
for Comprehensive Literacy fourth graders after they studied lumbering
in Wisconsin. Toss'in Tommy allowed the students to actually try some
of the activities that lumberjacks had to do years ago. The students
tried to strike and split a match with a hatchet, cut a log with a two
man crosscut saw and move logs with a peavey. They also were able to
see real photographs and role play the lumberjacks in different jobs.
life of a lumberjack wasn't an easy one. They had to get up at the
crack of dawn with someone yelling, "Daylight in the swamp boys!" and
work well into the evening, marking, cutting and moving logs.
about the different lumberjack lingo that took place in the camps was a
treat," said Nicole Herrmann, fourth grade teacher.
lumberjacks, stovelids or flapjacks (pancakes), sinkers (donuts),
murphys (potatoes), cackleberries (eggs), and black lead (coffee) were
a main staple in their diets.
At the end of the presentation students participated in a frying pan toss to see who could throw the large pan the furthest.