With your years on the job, is there a weird mishap that happened to you or someone in your crew?
Bob: We’ve had a lot of weird things happen. Kirk had one where he had a chunk [of wood] fly at him. He had stump that was “sidewarshed” — we call it sidewarshed with a cable and as the cable came up and went off of the stump, it was like a bomb went off. It knocked him out, threw him up the hill about 25-30 feet and he ended up with about 40-45 stitches. That was kind of a shocker.
So what was it like having Richard Hammond on site at Cross & Crown? Did you have any preconceptions of him before he got in there?
Kirk: When we first found out about the show, neither one of us knew much about ‘Top Gear’ or Richard Hammond, but we were really excited, just gung-ho about it and really just wanting the best for it.
Bob: Richard is a unique guy and a great host. Very easy going and he has a great sense of humor.
Were you at all skeptical that he could master these tree harvesting machines in just three days?
Bob: I knew that he had driven a lot of cars, so I knew he had the ability to do a lot of different things. And those are the kind of guys that we look for — ones with good hand-eye coordination, so I knew he could do it, I just didn’t know if he could do it in three days… that’s what’s tough about it. These are jobs that take a lot of guys a year or two. He just got a sample of it.
What did you take away from your experience of working with him?
Bob: I learned a lot about what he does and what his abilities are. Personally, I was impressed by what kind of a host he is and how he makes you feel comfortable with what you do. He didn’t really have any preconceived notions of who we were. He got along with everybody and he worked really hard. We put in 12, 13, 14 hour days and he was there every morning ready to go.