I’ve always thought I would make a heck of a hillbilly. But I’s born in New York City (get ‘da rope) and really like blogging more than livin’ in the holler. Where there may/may not be wireless. So I will have to stay a mental hillbilly. Which gives me nothin’ on this guy, Shelby Stanga:
Shelby Stanga might be a television personality, but you won’t find him living in luxury. The swamp logger prefers to sleep in a sleeping bag and hammock next to a boat launch on the Tangipahoa River.
Stanga has recently become a bit of a star thanks to the History Channel’s show Ax Men, which features him and four other logging companies around the country.
Stanga, as the show chronicles, pulls ancient sinker logs out of the Bedico Swamp in Tangipahoa Parish. Between 1850 and 1944, the swamp around Tangipahoa River and its creeks and bayous was milled extensively.
The old-growth trees, most of which are cypress, were felled and floated down the creek to Lake Pontchartrain and used in home construction in New Orleans.
This last week, Shelby had his blond cousin Cheyenne Bardwell out helping him. He runs through helpers, whether they get injured or just get tired of the back-breaking work. His wife even came out on the swamp with him once. That was a hoot:
With new missions into parts of the swamp never seen before, Shelby will stop at nothing to save his sinking empire.
To help, he’s enlisting the help of the most colorful characters in the swamp: “Cajun leprechaun” Davie, Tracy “Hog Man” Hickman, cousin Kelly, swamp girl Cheyenne and even sometimes-estranged wife Donna Stanga. And, of course, his pal Piss Willy.
Ah, so Cheyenne is not his cousin, but a “swamp girl?” Roger that.
Watch the show for a good chuckle. Fast forward through the father and son river loggers. They only argue. And stop at Shelby. He is the real-deal. At least to this mental hillbilly. . .