TIMBERSPORTS® in a Nutshell
Sawing, chopping and slicing at speed – you'll see all this and more at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series; an international lumberjack sports competition. The thrilling sport will have you on the edge of your seat as elite lumberjack sportsmen show their epic strength and precision in front of hundreds of screaming onlookers. Read on to learn more.
The official STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series launched in 1985 in the USA and began in Europe in 2001. Lumberjack sports origins go back to 19th century Australia where foresters would compete with each other outside work, putting their forestry skills to the test.
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® comprises six disciplines: three with an axe and three with a saw. Axe disciplines include the Underhand Chop, Standing Block Chop and the Springboard. Three saw disciplines are the STIHL Stock Saw, Single Buck and Hot Saw events. Every discipline replicates a classic lumberjack scenario, simulating the practice of felling or managing felled trees. You can find more information about each discipline here.
Speed, strength and technical precision – that’s how TIMBERSPORTS® competitions are won. Top athletes can cleave their axe through a simulated tree trunk in just 13 seconds (Standing Block Chop) and take less than six seconds to then slice off three discs with a highly-tuned racing chainsaw (Hot Saw).
Competitions are held on four continents (Europe, America, Oceania and Asia). Twenty-three nations currently take part in the Series and 15 countries hold National Championships. Great Britain hold a National Championship annually each summer.
Some 2,000 athletes take part in TIMBERSPORTS® worldwide. Competitors come from a diversity of professions and backgrounds: foresters, scientists, students, solicitors, police officers and the trades. Only sportspeople who demonstrate complete technical mastery of the disciplines are allowed to enter official STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® competitions. Find out how you can get involved here.
The competition season opens in March and National Championships are held in countries worldwide through the season. An annual Champions Trophy tests eight of the world’s best, and the season culminates in the World Championship. The British Championship is held every summer to determine the best TIMBERSPORTS athlete in Great Britain. Take a look at the Events
page to see when the next TIMBERSPORTS competitions and roadshows will be held and check out the Results
page to see which athletes hold the current British records.
The Series and the World Championship gains extensive coverage on ESPN as well as on worldwide news. In total, several million people watch the lumberjack sports World Championships. Want to see the 2016 World Championships? The livestream from these events are available on YouTube through the Official STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Channel.