The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is an international logging competition. As a sport, logging has a tradition that stretches back over a century and can rightfully be called “the original extreme sport”. As far back as the end of the 19th century, loggers in Tasmania were known to test their prowess with an axe and saw in their free time. The sport then spread across Australia and caught on in New Zealand, the United States and Canada. Around a dozen athletic disciplines have since developed from this makeshift beginning, including several that specifically simulate felling and cutting a tree into pieces.
How it all began
Together with sports broadcaster ESPN, ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG created the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES as a competitive championship series in the United States in 1985. In Europe, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES has been contested since 2001, and the SERIES has since established itself as the supreme competition in logging. Competitions take place at the national and international levels in some 20 countries. The season is then capped by the annual world championship where the world’s top competitive loggers go head-to-head. The 2014 STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship will take place from 14-15 November in Innsbruck, Austria.
Athletes have to prove their skills in six disciplines at the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® competitions. Strength, endurance and the perfect handling of the axe and chainsaw decide between victory and defeat. We have summarised for you what each discipline entails and what is most crucial to achieving success.
This discipline simulates cutting up a felled tree. The athletes have to use an axe to cut through a tree trunk while standing on it. Find out more about the Underhand Chop.
STIHL Stock Saw
In this discipline, all the contestants use the MS 661, a standard STIHL chainsaw. Two discs of wood must be sawn from a tree trunk in one downward cut and one upward cut. Find out more about the Stock Saw.
Standing Block Chop
This discipline simulates felling a tree. A vertically secured block of wood has to be chopped through from both sides as quickly as possible. Find out more about the Standing Block Chop.
A disc of wood is sawn from a block of wood with a handsaw measuring approximately two metres. Find out more about the Single Buck.
This discipline has its origins in the historical practice of climbing up metres upon metres of tough burl wood to make felling large trees easier. Two springboards are slotted into a tree trunk. The aim is to cut through a block of wood on top of the trunk at a height of about three metres. Find out more about the Springboard.
In this discipline, athletes use a specially tuned custom chainsaw with an engine sporting up to 80 hp. The aim is to cut three discs of wood from a trunk. Find out more about the STIHL Hot Saw.
You can also find more information about the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES here: www.stihl-timbersports.de