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Competitors carve out a name for themselves

Photo by Mark Williamson.
Photo by Mark Williamson.

THE world’s top lumberjacks and chainsaw carvers showcased their axe-wielding skills at Ragley Hall recently, determined to prove they were a cut above the competition.

APF 2018, the UK’s largest woodland event, celebrated everything trees, woodland and timber related, attracting 18,500 visitors and 320 exhibitors. The event featured two world championships, one European championship, one UK championship and the first Stihl Timbersports display in the UK since 2010.

The Timberlands section saw athletes demonstrate the underhand chop, standing block chop, STIHL stock saw, single buck, springboard and the thrilling hot saw. In addition to the lumberjack events there was the World 25m Poleclimbing Championships and the European Chainsaw Carving Championships. Sir William Worsley, the Government’s ‘Tree Champion’ also took part in a panel discussion called ‘Fair Play to Forestry’ on Thursday morning.

Ian Millward, exhibition secretary, said: “There was a huge range of machinery on show this year, things we’ve never seen before, one even weighing 94 tons used to shred up timber.

“There were a lot of children at the event too which was good to see, and some of the competitors in the chainsaw carving championships came from as far away as Spain, Poland and the Czech Republic.

“This year’s chainsaw carving championships were our most difficult to judge, the standard was just so high. It was a fantastic event and we’ll be returning to Ragley again in 2020.”

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