Here’s how I heard the story.
Way back in a holler not too far from Nashville lived a man who provided firewood for people who lived in town.
The demand for his product was growing, so he hired a group of high school students to help him get more wood chopped over the summer.
He thought more hands on the job would be a good idea, however, it wasn't working out as planned.
To increase production, he decided to announce a contest. There would be a $1,000 cash bonus to the person who chops the most wood.
It was a huge incentive, more than two weeks extra pay.
Before the contest started, several of the high school students had declared themselves the winner.
One of them bought an ax head formed from a new alloy that made it easier to…