Northwoods’ Lumberjack World Championships

Northern Wisconsin Lumberjack World Championships

Each July, the town of Hayward, Wisconsin plays host to the toughest and most skilled woodsmen (and women) at the Lumberjack World Championships. Hayward sits in the heart of the great Northwoods, so what better place to bring the world’s best loggers to showcase their talents. The event, which originated in 1960, is held each year in the Lumberjack Bowl (formerly a large log-holding pond for Northern Wisconsin Lumber Company).

When the event started in 1960, lumberjack sports events were few and far between. Over the years and decades, this sport has grown in popularity and today has gained a loyal following of fans from throughout the world.

Competitors in this event are from countries that have a great abundance of woodland, such as the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Over 100 of the world’s elite loggers compete in a wide range of events such as chopping, sawing, logrolling, and climbing for cash prizes totally more than $50,000.

Men’s Lumberjack Events:

  • Underhand Chop Block:  Contestants use a 5 pound single axe to chop through a log that is 28” long and 12” in diameter and sitting beneath them.
  • Standing Chop Block:  Similar to the underhand chop, except the log sits alongside the chopper.
  • Springboard Chop:  Combines the skills of chopping and climbing. The chopper stands on a platform 9’ up and cuts through a 12” diameter aspen log.
  • Single Buck:  Contestant cuts through a 20” white pine log with a 1-man bucking saw.
  • Hot Saw:  Contestant cuts through a 20” white pine log with a single cylinder chain saw.
  • 60-foot Speed Climb:  Climber scales 60’ cedar pole, then comes back to the ground.
  • 90-foot Speed Climb:  Climber scales 90’ cedar pole, then comes back to the ground.
  • Logrolling:  Contestants attempt to stay balanced on a floating log.
  • Boom Run:  Contestants run across rolling logs and unto the chopping dock.

Women’s Lumberjack Events:

  • Single Buck:  Contestant cuts through a 16” white pine log.
  • Underhand Chop:  Contestants use a single bit pinned axe to chop through a log that is 15”-28” long and 11” in diameter and sitting beneath them.
  • Logrolling:  Contestants attempt to stay balanced on a floating log.
  • Boom Run:  Contestants run across rolling logs and unto the chopping dock.

Team Lumberjack Events:

  • Jack and Jill:  1 lumberjack and 1 lumberjill team up to saw through a 20” white pine log.
  • Double Buck:  2 contestants team up to cut through a 20” white pine log using a 2-man bucking saw.
  • Team Relay:  2 teams with 6 contestants each compete against each other for the best time in a series of relays.

At the end of the competition, there are two top awards given; the Tony Wise All-Around Champion and the All-Around Lady Jill. The key to winning these awards is a high level of endurance and the ability to compete in as many events as possible. This requires both strength and agility on the part of contestants. Points are awarded for each event and those with the highest cumulative points through all the events receive the awards.

For further information on the Lumberjack World Championships, go to http://www.lumberjackworldchampionships.com

[Image: Courtesy of Flickr user doug1964wi]

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Paul Lindquist hails from Minnesota where he spent many of his childhood summers camping, fishing and hiking in the Northwoods. He currently lives his dream as founder and owner of Quality Copywriting Services a company which writes high quality copy for websites.

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