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Woodchopping at Kawerau Woodfest...

...featuring the New Zealand STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Team

Saturday 26 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.

In 2015 we have a massive premier attraction with the New Zealand Stihl Timbersport team visting Kawerau.Teams will have six competitors consisting of Jack and Jill sawyers, two Underhand axemen and two Standing Block axemen. 


In 2015 we have a massive treat for all the woodfesters.

The heavy weight rock stars of the timbersport world will be in Kawerau.


Kyle Lemon

Jason Wynyard

Adam Lowe

Shane Jordan

The disciplines...




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





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) 

 A fine achievement