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Local loggers featured in new reality show

The gentlemen at Wayne Stone Logging got to school two Hollywood types recently, and their exploits will air Thursday night on AMC.

“Owner’s Manual” is a new series that drops the two hosts into a dangerous and demanding job, one having read the operating instructions, and the other ignoring them completely. The idea is to examine the age-old argument between book smarts and street smarts. by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Hosts Ed Sanders (left) and Marcus Hunt worked with Sandy-based Wayne Stone Logging for an episode of Owners Manual, airing tomorrow night at 10:30 on AMC.

Marcus Hunt is the co-host who reads the manual, while his counterpart, Ed Sanders, runs on his wits alone.

For the logging episode, the pair ran a yarder with Wayne Stone, pulling 30,000 pounds of logs down a mountain.

“It was 21 degrees and we were in the middle of nowhere,” Hunt said. “I gotta give a shout out to Jimbo, Zach and Riley at Wayne Stone. Those guys are badass. And Jimbo was the last guy who wanted to be on camera, but he ended up being like the Robert DeNiro of logging.”

Hunt is referring to Jim Perkins, Zach Stone and Riley Lemons, the trio who took the hosts through their paces for the show.

Including Wayne Stone Logging in the show took a few calls, according to Lindsey Stone, the office manager with the company and Zach Stone’s wife.

“They just called one day and said they’d read an article about one of our big yarders and wanted to know if we would do the show,” she said. “At first I thought, ‘This is not legit, it seems odd.’ Why would these people from Hollywood want to know about our company here in Sandy? But they kept calling back and it ended up being a lot of fun.”

Stone, who was on site during the taping of the show, said people would be surprised to learn how much goes into producing just one episode of a TV show.

“It was February and it was 15 degrees, and they’re out there with this huge convoy and medics and tent full of food,” she said. “I was thinking these guys don’t know what they’re getting into.”

To describe running the yarder, Hunt said, “Picture the back end of an 18 wheeler with a massive 100-foot boom on it, and then a massive winch and cable. With that machine, you can lift up to 30,000 pounds of logs.

Hunt said he gained a respect for what loggers do, and Sanders echoed this sentiment.

“I mean, we roll in for three days, and we get to experience a fraction of how bloody hard it is out there,” he said. “And what my esteemed colleague failed to mention is that he got to be inside the warm cab while I was out in the bush freezing my knackers off. It was without a doubt one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. You can’t see a bloody thing. Down in the brush, with all the noise and the machinery, that really is a tough job.”

Sanders’ tone is an essential part of the show, while Hunt is the technical geek, admitting he’s even written his own manuals for devices he’s owned. Sanders is demonstratively against book learning. His adherence to real-life experience can come in handy in the show, while he admits some of Hunt’s book knowledge could help in preparation.

“When you look at a piece of machinery and you look at the winches and the cables, you think, ‘OK, no problem,’” he said. “But when you get down there and there’s all these noises and sirens and all this chaos, it really was a scary episode. God bless Wayne Stone Logging, because they trusted us.”

The episode, called “Yarder,” airs at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, on AMC.