The picturesque lakeside town of Brienz has been well and truly treated to some of the best logging seen anywhere in the world.
Over the course of three days intense competition, we’ve seen 101 of the world’s best loggers break world records, console each other’s heartache and celebrate in victory.
For the home crowd, the focus of attention has been on Swiss favourites the Amstutz brothers, Urs and Philipp. They certainly didn't disappoint as Philipp claimed the coveted gold in Felling by bringing his mast crashing to the ground and breaking his marker into a thousand tiny pieces.
Not to be out done, younger brother Urs was also among the medals, following up his bronze in Fitting Another Chain (8.9 seconds) with a fantastic gold medal in the Combined Bucking (203 points). Consistency across all the disciplines was Urs’ strong suit as he narrowly piped Husqvarna frontrunner Jukka Perimaki to fourth place.
Well done to both brothers who have enjoyed an almost celebrity status these last three days as people cheered, clapped and clamoured to take pictures with them wherever they went.
The logging this year has been exceptional with one particular Husqvarna team member thrilling spectators with each discipline. You’ll not be surprised to learn that man is Jukka Peramaki of Finland.
Jukka performed consistently over the course of the competition, which resulted in him picking up, a bronze medal for Precision Bucking (248 points), and finishing in fifth place. Unfortunately nerves seemed to have got the better of him in the Limbing as he carefully negotiated the branches, but was still awarded a 20 point penalty which would have resulted in the silver medal for a third year in a row. Still one of the highlights of the weekend as pointed out by WLC expert Christian Johnsson was his direct hit in the felling on day two, which brought one of the biggest crowd reactions of the competition.
It goes to show just how tough the competition has been when a world record felling score of 659 could only land him in fourth place in that event.
One of the surprise performers of the weekend was Yoan Caparros. The young French man caused a stir before the competition as rumours of a video in which he managed to change a chain in less than seven seconds circulated, but never materialised.
But he certainly didn't disappoint the crowd, breaking the world record for Fitting Another Chain with a time of 8.8 seconds. Unfortunately, his record would only last a few hours when Robert Rittlinger, who shaved a tenth off his time, beat it later that afternoon.
Finally Team Husqvarna tasted further success in the Team Relay where the Urs brothers worked as a pair to claim another silver medal, but this time for their country, on home soil. This will no doubt live long in the brother’s memories.
The Italian team, featuring Husqvarna hero, and mast felling world record holder, Hans Raffl alongside compatriot Massimiliano Biemmi, finished only seven points behind Switzerland. The Italian’s set a very fast pace this morning as they shot through the relay and thrashed the Ukrainian team.
It’s truly been a fantastic weekend, and one that has seen Jean-Michel Petitqueux become a fashion icon, as logging fans from all over the world rushed to get a Husqvarna logo shaved into the back of their heads. Will it be a trend again at the WLC in Poland in two years’ time?
That brings an end to what we’re sure will be remembered as the best WLC for years to come. It certainly will be for the residents of woodworking town Brienz, as even their skilled craftsman have been left stunned by the talent, power and precision of Team Husqvarna.