Woodchopping at Kawerau Woodfest...
...features the Rotorua Axemen Club and the finest woodchoppers in NZ
Saturday 13 September, Prideaux Park, Kawerau
The Wood Chopping at Kawerau Woodfest will be hosting a team race competition consisting of three disciplines, Standing Block Chop, Underhand Chop and a Jack and Jill Sawing. The athletes have to prove their competitive ability. Strength, endurance and the perfect handling of the technical equipment decide on victory or defeat.
Teams will have six competitors consisting of Jack and Jill sawyers, two Underhand axemen and two Standing Block axemen.
In 2014 we will also see the amazing springboard discipline in an exhibition display.
JACK AND JILL SAWING
Jack and Jill Sawing contests consist of a man and woman and are against time. Starting cuts of no more than one-half inch deep, in order to set the teeth of the saw, are allowed. Logs must be cut completely through. Timing starts on the signal 'GO' and ends when the block is severed. The wood is 400mm pine. The world record for this event was set in 2005 by Jason and Karmyn Wynyard with a time of 6.17 seconds
STANDING BLOCK CHOP
This discipline simulates felling a tree with an axe. A vertically secured block of wood (diameter 325mm) has to be chopped through from both sides as quickly as possible. Optimum placing of the axe and a powerful swing are the factors that ensure rapid success in this discipline. The current New Zealand in the standing block chop for 325mm of Poplar wood is 16.37 seconds.
This discipline simulates cutting up a felled tree. The athletes stand on a horizontally positioned block and must cut through a 325 mm thick trunk with their axe. The block has to be chopped from both sides. Cutting through from one side only leads to disqualification in this discipline. The current New Zealand in the underhand chop for 325mm of Poplar wood is 13.01 seconds.
As a special feature there will also be a Springboard event this year.
In this discipline, two springboards are slotted one below the other into a vertical tree trunk. The aim is to cut through a block of wood on top of the trunk (diameter 275 cm) at a height of about 2.80 m above the ground. Springboard is also described as the "supreme discipline" because as well as precise technique and strength, it also requires balance and skill from the athlete
The late Dave Bolstad set a new world record of: 41.15 in 2003 besting his previous world record time of: 41.63 in 2001
Kyle Lemon is the winner of Two World Championship Timbersports Teams Titles
NZ team member for over 10 years
Currently a member and captain of the NZSTS Team to travel to Austria in November
A member of the NZAA team who defeated Australia in Sydney 3-0 (The last time this was done was Thirty Years ago)