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Apres ski - hammering nails into a block of wood!!!

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Ok, just back from Austria (amazing snow but a distinct lack of blue sky and sunshine). While enjoying the apres ski in a couple of places I saw a new phenomenon (new to me anyway). There's a large block of wood and a jar of nails and a hammer. The object is to stick the nail in the block and then see how many hits it takes (with the sharp end of the hammer don't know the technical term Embarassed ) to flatten it into the wood. Very macho and leads to much posturing by the ski instructors.

Becomes very amusing (as do most things) as the alcohol level rises... Is this new or just the first time I've noticed it?

P.S. I won when I did it Very Happy
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Sue S,

Were you in Soll by any chance? We played this loads of times in the Stadl Stade. Excellent fun.
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it's been around for quite some time - it was old when I started drinking. I think it probaly dates back decades if not even centuries

very hard to do though ! Smile
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Is it just an Austrian thing??
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gosh no, I've seen it in country pubs here in england
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They've been doing it in Westendorf (close to Soll) since I've been going (2000).

I knew that my original ski instructor in Westendorf kept sheep (he was known as "Andreas the Sheepfarmer"), this year I learnt from the lady at the Tourist Office that these were originally bred as "fighting sheep" - clearly the Tirolers were struggling to find things to do during the long winter months! I don't think she was winding me up...
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johnboy, we were in Maria Alm, a village quite near Kitzbuhel and Zell am Zee - great Apres ski and terrific skiing for intermediates like me (and beginers like our friends). Our only problem was that there are hardly any English visitors so all the menus are solely in German and try as we could with our limited German (language tapes before we went) we weren't able to translate them. So it was eat our way down the food menu and up the schnapps menu - led to some interesting combinations!
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I saw it in Schladming this year. Prefer a game of pool, myself.
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I saw it in Bad Gastein or Hofgastein. Can't remember which. I thought it was just to keep the kiddies happy. Like the swings at 'Little Chefs'.

I can't speak German either but I swear by those little pocket dictionaries. Always carry one. It is even handy when an Austrian is speaking English to you and they get stumped for a word. You just give them the book.
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There's a block of wood (giant tree stump I think) and big bag of nails in the Flying Squirrel in Peisey.
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I keep telling myself that I'd get i big tree stump and put in in the patio for BBQs
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was going strong in 'club habitat' Kirkberg circa 1988- .........free drinks if you put your c**k on the bar -or got your t*ts out (I think I can dimly remember something)......now that's another game ....is this a new thing- or an old one- we must be told!
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was going strong in 'club habitat' Kirkberg circa 1988- .........free drinks if you put your c**k on the bar -or got your t*ts out


I hope that didn't involve the use of a hammer! Shocked
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It's damn good practice for ice climbing, esp with the wrong hand.
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was going strong in 'club habitat' Kirkberg circa 1988- .........free drinks if you put your c**k on the bar -or got your t*ts out (I think I can dimly remember something)......now that's another game ....is this a new thing- or an old one- we must be told!

I remember that bar, a jolly refined establishment it is too Toofy Grin
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Found that game in the Red X bar in Arinsal about 5/6 years ago..... Hammer, Nails, Alcohol and testosterone... what a great combination... hmmmm Shocked

Last person to put the nail in.. buys the round... there was 8 of us Laughing
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This practice must surely be related to the close proximity of 'Surgeon Training Facilities' - where else would mangled fingers and thumbs be found in such quantities? Toofy Grin
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Lodge Diane in Neiderau ( Austria ) had the game some years ago.
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Watched the kids doing it in the Derby bar in Sauze last week. There were even a couple of "one-hit" wonders.
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Latchigo, I have one of those translator things on my cellphone - French German Italian Spanish and Russian - very handy
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They do it when the crisps run out behind the bar...!!
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Nagelspiel - using a bricklayers hammer, ie with a blade. Loser buys a round of snapps.

There is another version, with a shoemakers hammer that has a point, often played for a bottle of champagne.

Only seems popular in eastern Austria.

My own slice of tree is getting heavy with nails now, after a good few years of appearing at barbies etc.
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I played it in Zell-Am-zee. Great game!! Got really drunk cause I sucked at it!!!
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I heard that in the north west, they do it without a hammer?
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Hotel Christoph in Ellmau must have been 1987/88 and they had the same game......obviously been around a while was quite a good laugh
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It also big in Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein at the small apres ski marques at the end of the runs.
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I was in the forces based in Germany between 1990 and 1994 and we used to play it in one of the local bars near the base. Made for some interesting competitions with the locals. wink
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awesome game crazy daisys in zell am see. quality.
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Is it "Resurect a five year old thread day"?
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why not, just googled nail game and came up so felt like having my say
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Seems to be still alive and well.

A relative was ion St Wolfgang over Christmas and New Year and they were at it.
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good for them. snowHead I bet that was a whole lot more fun than hammering nails into bits of wood.
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pam w, Very Happy
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I've played it once - in Macclesfield Laughing
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Played it in Arinsal as well. They used to do it as a forfeit game. You go up against the last winner and the loser buys each of you a shot. You had to use your 'wrong' hand. Right handed, sober using 4 inch nails, two hits every time. Left handed, sober.... maybe 6 hits. Left handed with a few shots..... lots of hits. Left or right handed after 3 hours playing.... line the middle hammer up with the middle nail and miss repeatedly. Maybe I was looking at the wrong middle hammer. There were several of them Very Happy
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Davos has bars with it. I'd just spent about 6 months labouring, including rather a large amount of cleaning bricks with a pointed hammer (where if you miss your mark you take a lump out of your hand) and roofing. Not surprisingly, I was rather good at it. Won a few drinks that night.

It got to the point after a few days where some of the local guys got their "hot shot" team together, a few ski instructors, a guy from behind the bar, and we had a game. Those guys were putting them in with a single strike, three at a time - the game we played was with 3 nails side by side, you had to hit them one at a time in quick succession. If anyone missed one nail (if you could get a fingernail under the head) they were pretty much automatic loser, everyone else had got it nailed. They had to have a final nail in the centre of the log to separate some of the guys who had put them straight down every single time. I lost a few drinks that night Smile

Definitely one for the patio come the summer.
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"Hammerschlagen" in youtube seems to bring up plenty of videos of it


http://youtube.com/v/TiUuSC-vJqA
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They're playing with the hammer on top of the log to start. The pros play with the hammer below the top of the log, so you've got to go forward a few inches as well as up and down. Anybody can hit a nail the way in the video, just fix your elbow and you'll hit it every time. Or not, as they have demonstrated Smile
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