Chainsaws at the ready - Brienz welcomes the world's best loggers

Brienz is one of Europe’s premier woodworking villages

Its picturesque lakeside view will provide the perfect backdrop for our championship chainsaws


The picturesque Swiss village of Brienz is without a doubt the perfect place to host the World Logging Championships 2014. Every street of this famous lakeside village pays homage to its bountiful woodworking history with ornate carvings everywhere. 

Laying at the foot of the Brienzer Rothorn Mountain on the northern shore of the River Brienz, the village is known as 'the wood carving village'. Almost two centuries ago Christian Fletscher, a self-taught wood carver, began selling his goods during winter months to tourists, laying the foundation to what became Europe’s premier wood carving area.

This tradition makes Brienz the perfect location for the World Logging Championships and, as the village has embraced the power and intensity of our championship chainsaws, it has also welcomed our pro loggers with open arms.

From the 10th-13th of September the five disciplines of: tree felling, fitting another chain, bucking with combined cuts, precision bucking and limbing will all be on show in Switzerland, as our professionals battle it out for the coveted gold medal.



WLC CONTENDER: Jean Michel Petitquex


Silver medalist in WLC 2010

Has previously scored an almost perfect Tree felling score of 658

Jean Michel Petitquex is the man with the Husqvarna logo in his hair

Jean Michel came second overall in 2010 with 1614 points. Tree felling in 2008 was also a career highlight as the Frenchman had an almost perfect Tree felling score of 658 points - 660 is the highest possible mark.

Petitquex, an avid Husqvarna chainsaw user made his name in 2008 as the man with the Husqvarna logo shaved into the back of his hair. His now famous hairstyle was to “thank Husqvarna for all their support” and proved to be one of the competition’s major talking points.

So the question is, will Petitquex resurrect the style for 2014? We don’t know, but we do know he will be giving it his all this year.



WLC CONTENDERS: The Brothers Amstutz - aiming to drive Switzerland to gold


Urs and Phillip Amstutz are two Swiss brothers in arms

Both have been training extensively for the World Logging Championships

They will be looking to impress on home soil in Switzerland

Swiss brothers Urs and Phillip Amstutz are hoping a combination of scores can drive Switzerland to gold at WLC 2014.

The brothers are both accomplished chainsaw users and Husqvarna fans with Urs impressing in the 2012 championships. The younger of the two brothers, Urs performed well in Felling in 2012 scoring 644 points accompanied by an impressive Limbing of 464 which won him bronze overall in Belarus.   

This year the Amstutz brothers will be in their home country of Switzerland, looking to impress even further on home soil. The brothers train incredibly hard, using each other as motivators. A combination of their skills and top-rank scorecards this year could be the key factor to Switzerland’s success.

Of course, the brothers will also be striving for personal glory and aiming to determine which one is the better user of a Husqvarna championship chainsaw. The challenge will definitely be one to watch for their home Swiss crowd. 



WLC CONTENDER: Jukka Perämäki attempts to go one better in 2014


Jukka Perämäki is a two-time silver medallist at WLC (2008 & 2012)

He narrowly missed out on gold in 2012, losing in a tie break

Can he go one better at WLC 2014?

Competition is always fierce in the World Logging Championships, but in 2012 the crowd witnessed an incredible finish featuring carpenter and Husqvarna pro logger Jukka Perämäki of Finland and Russia’s pro forester Aleksandr Sokolov.

Closely matched in the first four disciplines, WLC 2012 came to a dramatic close as both competitors, determined to take home gold, fired up their Husqvarna 576 XPs. What followed was a limbing master class.

After sawdust has flown and chainsaws roared, WLC 2012 saw a tie in points between the close friends and rivals. Following a review of the rules in the event of a tie, Aleksandr Sokolov was named winner due to his superior success in Tree felling – the decisive discipline when equal total scores. (In Tree Felling Jukka had scored 650 while Aleksandr scored 654).

Perämäki would receive silver for the second time, his first silver coming in 2008.          

Two years later, Jukka is back for WLC 2014, hoping third time is a charm by winning the coveted gold medal. With a Husqvarna championship chainsaw at his disposal, Perämäki is determined to put all of his previous experience to use and claim gold.

Five disciplines and a host of other competitors stand in his way. Could 2014 be Jukka’s year?



Meet the team representing Husqvarna at the 2014 World Logging Championship


The Husqvarna World Logging Championship team has been busy honing its skills at our training camps, with an eye on glory come September. 

Each of our loggers perform the five demanding chainsaw disciplines with extreme skill and precision. And each can class themselves amongst the finest loggers in the world, worthy of a world-leading Husqvarna championship chainsaw.

Today we’re excited to announce the team that will be competing in Brienz, Switzerland, at WLC 2014. They are all focused on victory and we hope (dare we say expect?) that one of them will be crowned world champion!




The disciplines in the real world

Each of the five disciplines within the Championships was created to capture an everyday element of logging and show off the unbelievable skills of our loggers, as well as the abilities of our powerful championship chainsaws

In this post we look at each discipline and show you how they can be practically applied in the forest. 


Tree Felling 

The first discipline of the Championships is tree felling. This involves competitors felling a tree as close to their own set marker in just three minutes. Being able to fell a tree in a forest or garden is an essential skill for a logger but in an everyday scenario it is unlikely that the felling is completed in such a short space of time, as precision and safety are key. 

To learn how to safely fell your own tree, visit the Husqvarna website here.


Limbing plays a key role in logging and is part of the preparation process before bucking a tree. 

At WLC2014 participants don’t cut real branches, instead they limb 30 artificial branches off a single pole in the quickest time. In reality, loggers take more time and carry out the work as safely as possible - the process of removing branches can be a dangerous act as branches can fly up under the tree’s weight. Hence the essential use of helmets and safety goggles.

Precision Bucking | Bucking with Combined Cuts

Bucking is the process of cutting a felled tree into separate logs of a standard size, it is one of the most complicated activities carried out by pro loggers as each different log must meet different specifications. Within WLC2014 competitors are marked on precision, angle and time but it is unlikely that everyday loggers will complete this activity within such incredible constraints. 

Precision bucking is used less than combined cuts, however precision is needed if the logger cannot gain access to the log to cut both under and above it. This may be because the tree is on the ground or on-top of another tree. 

Fitting Another Chain

The only thing that can stop a pro logger is a broken or blunt chain. And even that doesn’t always stop them! 

Even though Husqvarna chainsaws are renowned for reliability, a chain which is used regularly will need to be replaced one day. A well sharpened chain is just as important as a powerful engine, and changing it regularly when needed will result in an overall more efficient, accurate and safe cut. 

Changing a chain will take an average logger several minutes. At WLC2014 the fastest pro loggers will change a chain in under 10 seconds!

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree Felling - Another Chain - Precision Bucking - Bucking with Combined CutsTeam Relay




The Final Frontier – the Relay race

 The world Relay Race is the final closing event at the World Logging Championships

Unlike the other five disciplines this is a team event where nation takes on nation  

Marked separately from the other events – the result does not count towards individual ranking – but suspense is high and competition fierce!

The event:

Each team must cut off a wooden disk of a specially set up stem (either vertical or horizontal), and race back and forth to complete the course in the shortest time.

As a relay, a total of four rounds must be completed but teams can consist of between two to four contestants.

Just like the other five disciplines, time is not the only deciding factor as judges pay special attention to compliance with safety regulations, perfect chainsaw handling and accuracy too.

Team Relay, the evaluation:

Competitors are scored on the following factors:

• Time – faster scores are marked more highly, much like a running relay race.

• Cutting the disc – with 30 points awarded for each disc cut.

• Discs remaining on the stem – 20 points are awarded for the disc remaining on the stem after being cut.

• Tipping the starting disc – before each cut is made, a small disc must be touched with the chainsaw tip.

Failure to do so results in a 10-point penalty. 
Additional points are penalised, for the following:

Too early start, too early crossing of the safety line, starting the saw in the incorrect way, working without safety gear, incorrect resting position of the saw at the start or chain running on the starting disc, over or undercutting the painted marker, working on the wrong side of the lying stem, starting the chainsaw behind the starting line, the disc not fully cut, moving from place to place when the chainsaw is running, not tipping the disc on the ground, not running around the standing stem, appearance on the competition site without call, touching the saw chain whilst the engine is running, saw not starting within 5 minutes, using the saw one-handed and injuries.

The origins:

Originally created by the Dutch, the event was introduced as a friendly event to appeal more to spectators. The world Relay Race has quickly gained huge support and following, acting as final frontier for each country to tackle.

Despite the results not being included in the final score, the Relay is an exciting addition to the overall competition filled with action from start to finish.

The chainsaws:

To find out more about the chainsaws used in this event, visit our championship chainsaws page.

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Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother ChainPrecision-BuckingBucking with Combined cuts - Limbing

For more information on the Relay Race and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter!



Can you cut 30 branches off a tree in under 15 seconds?

Limbing involves cutting artificial branches off a single stem in the quickest time possible.

Thirty branches must be removed but leaving a stump results in a penalty, with 200 basic points given for completion, and quicker contestants receiving a higher score. 

Contestants have time to prepare, with the branch pattern being shared with each contestant up to six months in advance of the competition.

Limbing, the evaluation

The following elements affect the final score (maximum 460), with 200 basic points given for basic completion of the performance:

  • Time – the event is timed, with lower times scoring higher. 
  • Branch stumps – if there are any stumps above 5mm in height, 20 points are penalised. 
  • Damage to the stem any vertical damage to the stem deeper than 5mm will be penalised by 20 points. 
  • Longitudinal damage to the stem – longitudinal cuts also result in a 40 point penalisation for each point of damage.


Scoring factors:

The following factors may also result in points penalisation: 

Branches that are not removed, clearing away branches when the chain is running, safety regulations and incorrect movement.

The origins:

In the forest, limbing is a crucial part of preparing logs before bucking takes place, making the stems ready for trade. Limbing may be a dangerous act if precautions are not taken, as branches often fly up under the tree's weight. 

The chainsaws:

To read more about the chainsaws used at WLC2014 go here: Husqvarna 576 XP™ and here: Husqvarna 372 XP™.  

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother Chain - Precision Bucking - Bucking with Combined Cuts

For more information on precision bucking and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter! 



How to make two cuts meet perfectly in the middle of a log

Bucking with combined cuts tests the competitor's woodcutting accuracy from two angles, above and below, on two seperate stems both set at different angles. 

The competitor is marked on time and accuracy, with both cuts expected to meet perfectly in the middle of the log, at a perfect angle.

The deviation in the cut angle results in penalty points, and the disc must be between 30-80mm.

Bucking with combined cuts, the evaluation...

As with many high precision events at the World Logging Championships, competitors will receive penalty points if any of the following elements are not up to standard:

  • Time – points are awarded according to time taken, with penalty points awarded for longer times taken.
  • Angle of cut – the cut angle is measured from four locations, with the angle of the cut and its deviation measured. 90 degrees represents the perfect angle, with a max score of 30 points per log.
  • Distance between the two cuts - The height of the threshold between the bole and the end of the disc is measured, with a lower value representing a higher score. Max score of 45 points per log.

The following factors are also taken into consideration for the total score of 200:

Too early start, violations of work safety regulations, cutting above or below the red line, starting the downwards cut below the green line, fitting the chain or cutting apparatus correctly, damaging the stem with gashes and the thickness of the disc.

A little more info …

Bucking at the World Logging Championships is based on the real world art of cutting felled logs destined for plywood, lumber and pulp, having distinct specifications for length and diameter.

Loggers will use a variety of instruments to ensure accuracy in the real world – so our competitors must be extra skilled to gain high points.

Now to find out which chainsaws the best in the world use at the World Logging Championships, go here: Husqvarna 576 XP™ and here: Husqvarna 372 XP™

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother Chain - Precision Bucking 

For more information on bucking with combined cuts and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter! 



How to cut the perfect log with speed and precision

Precision bucking involves the cutting of two 30-80mm thick discs, from two stems, in the quickest and most precise way possible.

A board covered with sawdust is placed under each stem. If a cut is accidentally made into the board, points are lost. 

Points are also penalised or awarded for time taken, the angle of the cut, how close the buck is to the board, and for other violations.

Precision bucking, the evaluation

As with many high precision events, competitors receive penalty points if any of the following elements are not up to standard:

  • Time – the event is timed, with lower times scoring higher. 
  • Angle of Cutthe higher the deviation from 90 degrees from the horizontal waypoint, the higher the penalty. 
  • Precision80 points are awarded for cutting the disc off without damaging the underneath board. If the disc is not cut off, points are penalised for each mm away from the board. 

Scoring factors:

The approximate score is 250. The following factors may also result in points penalisation: 

Too early start, stepping over the stem or stopper, disc thickness (must be between 30-80mm), violations of safety regulations, removal of sawdust from the plank and a faulty chain or cutting apparatus.

A little more info …

Most amateur tree-fellers would struggle to cut such a precise disc. However the additional challenge of a race against the clock (loggers usually complete the event in between 22 and 35 seconds) and a thick layer of sawdust covering an underneath board makes the completion of this event a truly world class achievement. 

The chainsaws:

To read more about the chainsaws used at WLC2014 go here: Husqvarna 576 XP™ and here: Husqvarna 372 XP™.  

Want to know more about the other disciplines, simply click the relevant link below:

Tree FellingAnother Chain

For more information on precision bucking and WLC2014, visit ialc.ch or check out our other posts here on the WLC2014 blog. Keen to interact? Talk to us @pro_forest on Twitter!