Alexis Halstead Helps Teach Harry Connick Jr. to Throw an Ax

SUNY Cobleskill senior and Woodsmen Club member Alexis Halstead traveled to New York City recently to help teach Harry Connick Jr. some basic timber sports for the “Harry Tries” segment of his talk show, “Harry”.

Halstead and two other members of the professional timber sports team Axe Women Loggers of Maine taught Connick how to run a chainsaw, throw an ax and chop wood. The segment aired on Friday, Dec. 16 on CBS.

“It was really fun to go to the city and be part of a live studio production, and to get out the message that women can do the same things as men,” Alexis said.

Alexis competes professionally with the Axe Women as well as competing with the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen Club. The Agricultural Business major took first place in the women’s division of the Northeast Collegiate STIHL Timbersports competition in May, making her a national champion.

In April she’s traveling to Australia to represent the United States on a seven-woman team at the STIHL Timbersports Australian Championship, which she explains as “the Wimbledon of wood-chopping.” The team will be defending its title in the competition.

Alexis plans to graduate in May and pursue a master’s degree in education.