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.
Watch our highlights video from day two below. Scroll down the blog for all the action and photos from day three and more...
After two wonderful days at the World Logging Championships, we are pleased to announce that Husqvarna has won not one, but five medals in the first four disciplines!
Starting with Felling, you may have seen yesterday that the older Amstutz brother Phillip, destroyed his marker by landing a direct hit, resulting in a huge 659 points.
Former WLC silver medallist Jukka Peramäki, who felled his tree in 159 seconds, also finished with 659 points. But Phillip managed to fell his mast in an impressive 132 seconds, leaving him top of the leaderboard for the whole day, resulting in a gold medal proudly resting around his neck.
If you consider that before this event the world record for Fitting Another Chain was 8.93 seconds, it demonstrates just how hard this competition is when Yoan Caparros’s 8.8 seconds brought him a silver medal, not gold. Not that he minded as he held it up high and waved his French flag like his Christmas had come early!
Also in Fitting Another Chain, local hero Urs Amstutz claimed a bronze medal and sent the crowd into raptures as he slammed his fist down on the big red button in a time of 8.9 seconds.
No sooner had the stadium calmed down but Urs was at it again, this time scoring an incredible 203 points in the Combined Bucking. The crowd cheered louder and Urs found his efforts rewarded with a place at the top of the podium, holding his gold medal aloft as a deafening roar filled the packed tent.
But the day really belonged to Jukka Peramäki, who picked up a bronze medal in the Precision Bucking with a strong 248 point run. Can he go on to claim the WLC title? Anders Kragner and Christian Johnsson think so, and they certainly know a thing or two about this competition.
Here are the results for all disciplines performed on day one and two of the World Logging Championships 2014:
Tree Felling (U24)
Fitting Another Chain
Fitting Another Chain (U24)
Bucking With Combined Cuts
Bucking With Combined Cuts (U24)
Bucking With Precision
Bucking With Precision (U24)
It’s been an incredible first day at the World Logging Championships. Check out the highlights from day one below. Scroll down through our blog to see all the action and photos from day two and more...
We have seen powerful chainsaws wielded with unbelievable precision, huge cheers from the crowd as our loggers pull off amazing feats, and we’ve watched the joy and heartbreak as months of training become either cause for celebration, or complete catastrophe.
The home crowd was in great voice, which obviously spurred on the older of the Amstutz brothers Phillip, who managed to land his mast directly on his marker pole, smashing it to pieces.
One of the highlights of the day was certainly France’s Yoan Caparros’ outstanding 8.80 second Fitting Another Chain time, which earned him an impressive 138 points. Surely that will earn him the sliver medal in this discipline? We will have to find out on day two.
However day one definitely belonged to Finland’s Jukka Peramaki, who not only achieved a huge score of 195 in the Combined Bucking (only four points off the leader) but followed that immediately with a table leading score of 158 in Precision Bucking. If he follows this performance up with a strong Felling score on day two, then Jukka has a real shot at taking the WLC crown.
Anders Kragner and Christian Johansson, Husqvarna’s WLC experts, will certainly hope so… they predicted his victory in our preview film posted yesterday.
Direct hit, Phillip Amstutz destroys the pin as his mast hits dead centre!
Here are the results for all disciplines performed on day one of the World Logging Championships 2014 :
Fitting another chain
Bucking with combined cuts
Bucking with precision
If a competitor's name is not on the list, he/she is yet to perform the discipline.
The final touches are in place and the chainsaws are raring (or should that be roaring?) to go! If you’re as excited as we are, watch our preview film below to see what action the WLC experts can’t wait to see.
It feels like an age since our training camp in Emmen, Switzerland, which is only a short drive from Brienz, the venue for the 31st World Logging Championships.
The whole Husqvarna team is now nervous with anticipation as the biggest names in logging arm themselves with their championship chainsaws and compete to be crowned World Logging Champion 2014.
Our WLC experts, Anders Kragner and Christian Johnsson, are on the ground at the Championships putting together the final touches in order to make this year’s event the most amazing yet. Thankfully, they still had time to have a chat with us to let us know what to expect from this year’s incredible competition.
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Arian Essenstam is on the hunt for gold at WLC 2014
Few understand Husqvarna chainsaws better than Arian
His strongest discipline is Felling, but he loves Limbing the most!
Husqvarna Netherlands product specialist Arian Essenstam will look to use a combination of product knowledge and chainsaw skill to achieve gold in this year's WLC. Perhaps with the upper hand on some of the competition, not many on the planet know Husqvarna chainsaws better than Arian. However, product knowledge is only one aspect of a World Logging Championship.
Arguably his strongest event is felling, something he enjoys and practices regularly however it's limbing Arian believes to be the most important discipline of the five. In previous years the product specialist has achieved one silver overall; two team golds and two further silver medals in felling and precision bucking. An experienced competitor, pride is always on the line as Arian is a representative of the company and Husqvarna Netherlands, meaning he will be firing up his Husqvarna 576 XP with gold in mind this year.
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.
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.