Wednesday, February 18, 2009

History's "Ax Men": On The Cutting Edge- March 2...

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"Ax Men", the first non-fiction TV series about life with Pacific Northwest timber cutters, debuts its second season Monday, March 2 @ 10pm ET/PT on HISTORY.

New episodes follow two teams from last season with three new companies, racing to fall the most timber during logging’s most dangerous season.

"...For more than a hundred years, larger than life characters, many of whom are members of logging families who go back to the time when the West was being settled – have spent their days among towering trees and powerful machines and their nights in outposts far from the comforts of civilization. 'Ax Men' tells the remarkable story, detailing the history of the logging industry and how technology has transformed life for today’s logger, while the struggle of man versus nature stays the same..."

The series picks up with two of Oregon’s top logging companies from last year, J.M. Browning Logging of Astoria and Vernonia’s Pihl Logging. Adding to the competition are Rygaard Logging of Port Angeles, Washington, R&R Conner Aviation of Conner, Montana (utilizing helicopters to maximize output) and 'diving loggers' S&S Aqua Logging of Aberdeen, Washington.

Over the course of twelve episodes, "Ax Men" follows the five crews through a season of relentless weather and unpredictable terrain.

"...Danger is a full-time job, as these brave men put everything on the line each and every day to retrieve the timber with which we build our country. Snapped cables, runaway logs and razor-sharp chainsaws are just some of the dangers that threaten their lives daily. Even with new technology that should make the job easier, it all boils down to the toughness and perseverance of the logging crews. Anything and everything can and does go wrong. Not everyone will survive, but those who do will earn their place in a long line of men who call themselves 'Ax Men'.."

"Ax Men" is produced for HISTORY by Original Productions. Executive producers for Original Productions are Thom Beers and Philip Segal . Executive producer for HISTORY is Dolores Gavin...