16

Jul
2

The Music of WLC - Updated

We asked all you readers of this blog to make suggestions of songs that could be used as a soundtrack for the World Logging Championship. We got a lot of suggestions and have now updated the playlist. Please keep sending us suggestions!

  1. Ramones – Chainsaw
  2. Rob Diener & Anomaly – Ode to Husqvarna
  3. Buzz Martin – Loggers annual party
  4. Paul Weller – Trees
  5. Chris LeDoux – The bucking machine
  6. Monty Python - Lumberjack song
  7. Hindu Love Gods - Crosscut saw
  8. Enya - The memory of trees
  9. WASP - Chainsaw Charlie
  10. Taken By Trees - Sweet child o' mine
  11. Righteous Brothers - Unchained melody
  12. Megadeath - Family tree
  13. Cat Stevens - The first cut is the deepest
  14. Dinosaur Jr. - Start choppin'
  15. Tom Waits - Shiver me timbers
  16. Midlake - Core of nature
  17. Hank Williams - I saw the light
  18. Nancy Sinatra - I can't grow peaches on a cherry tree
  19. Fool's Garden - Lemon tree

 

If you have access to Spotify, here’s the link to the playlist:

Official WLC Soundtrack

 

How do I make a suggestion or look at others suggestions? It’s easy!

1. Press the headline of this blog post (The Music of WLC - Updated)

2. You can now see the comments

3. Feel free to comment or suggest more songs!

 

13

Jul
2

Participant: Wolfgang Heidemann from Germany

Germany is the current world champion of logging! The gold medal at the home ground championship in 2008 was won by a real team effort and the final score of 4 813 is now the current world record. An important part of this team was the experienced Wolfgang Heidemann, who finished second best individually in the limbing discipline. In WLC 2006 he finished third in the total score and he led his team to a silver medal in WLC 2004. After being a part of the German team for over ten years now he has become really experienced, but nevertheless he thinks it is important not to take anything for granted in this years championship. He uses a Husqvarna 576 XP chainsaw. Why? To quote Wolfgang: "Only the best is good enough!".

Name: Wolfgang Heidemann
Chainsaw: 576 XP
Daily Profession: ???
Favorite discipline: Limbing
Needs more practice: Fitting another chain

Hobby: Skiing and running
Favorite sport: Chainsaw sports
Favorite food: Spaghetti
Favorite movie: Highlander
Favorite band/artist: AC/DC
Biggest fear: Nothing!
In 10 years I will be: A young old man

 

 

Other participants from Germany: Florian Huster


 

 

10

Jul
6

Participant: Robert Cuk from Slovenia

Robert Cuk represents Slovenia in the World Logging Championship 2010. He has been competing in WLC for ten years now and has become one of the most experienced participants. His goal for this year is to be in the total top five and to distinguish himself with a great result in at least one discipline. In 2002 he came out third in the felling discipline, but his best achievement so far was seen in Italy 2004 where he won the fitting another chain discipline. Robert competes with a Husqvarna 576 XP because he appreciates the ergonomics and power of this particular machine.

Name: Robert Cuk
Chainsaw: 576 XP
Daily Profession: Forester
Favorite discipline: Limbing and Precision bucking
Needs more practice: Tree felling

Hobby: Skiing and climbing
Favorite sport: Skiing
Favorite food: Home made pizza
Favorite movie: The Godfather
Favorite band/artist: Guns n' Roses and Rod Stewart
Biggest fear: To miss a big chance at the WLC
In 10 years I will be: Still working in forest, but not like a forester. I want to teach younger guys how to win the WLC.

 

 

Other participants from Slovenia: Bostian Pausic and Domine Krese

07

Jul
7

The Music of WLC

Help us to compile a soundtrack for the World Logging Championship 2010. What songs best represent the competition? All the best suggestions will be presented here on the blog and also in the official Spotify list. Here’s some songs to start with:

Ramones – Chainsaw

Rob Diener & Anomaly – Ode to Husqvarna

Buzz Martin – Loggers annual party

Paul Weller – Trees

Chris LeDoux – The Bucking machine

 

If you have access to Spotify, here’s the link to the playlist:

Official WLC Soundtrack

 

How do I make a suggestion or look at others suggestions? It’s easy!

1. Press the headline of this blog post (The Music of WLC)

2. You can now see the comments

3. Feel free to comment or suggest more songs!

02

Jul
0

The Art of Limbing

The limbing discipline is and has always been the last part of the championship. It is also maybe the most exciting and entertaining discipline out of the five. We would like to give you an elaboration in the discipline to let you know more about the rules, the strategy and the history.

Limbing a tree is where you get rid of all the branches sticking out from a tree bole. If done by hand, this is most effectively executed by using a good chainsaw. A well-performed limbing leaves a bole without any deep cuts of pieces or branches left.

 

 

A brief look at the discipline rules

The limbing discipline is judged on a time-based score. If not performed perfectly, the judges can give out penalty seconds. Over 5 mm deep cuts or 5 mm left branch pieces give the participant a penalty. The winner is the one limbing the bole fastest, without any mistakes.

There are 30 branches to be limbed. These are divided into nine different branch segments, where the branches are attached to the bole in specific angles. Every branch is 30 mm thick and the bole is 140 mm. The length of the bole is six meters. Below you see a chart over the nine different segments.

 

 

Strategy

When competing in limbing, it is important to be fast, to be precise and to always have a safety focus. It’s like competing in slalom skiing, you have to memorize the course and find a rhythm to perform as fast as possible. You always have to know how you to from one branch or one segment to another the fastest possible way. Saw angle and footwork are two important factors and it’s important that you let the chainsaw bar follow the bole as close as possible, so that you don’t get any penalty seconds.

A mistake made by many less experienced loggers is the prioritization of speed over accuracy. Every second is worth 4 points in the final score and a mistake gives you a 20-point penalty. It is therefore worth it to go back and “re-limb” a branch if you didn’t make it perfectly the first time. Let’s say your second attempt takes you two seconds, you still gain 12 points by doing it.

 

The history

The limbing discipline has been a part of the WLC since the beginning in 1970. The world record is 456 points and was set by Vadim Imankulov from Russia in year 2006. Russia is not traditionally one of the strongest nations in the discipline. The strongest nations over the years have been Austria, Italy and the Scandinavian nations.

If one logger should be mentioned especially, it has to be Gottfried Schädlich from Germany. He did for logging what Jan Boklöv did for ski-jumping and what Richard Fosbury did for high jump. He invented a new way of footwork, which is now heavily used. He started to jump from one segment to the next in a kind of weird looking but effective way. Schädlich himself described the new style as “schnell aber nicht schön”. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vadim Imankulov from Russia - The World Champion of Limbing

29

Jun
0

A retrospective reflection

 

Since the first World Logging Championship in 1970, the results in the five disciplines have really improved. In 1995, the winning times for the limbing discipline were somewhere between 22 and 25 seconds. Today we are down to 13-16 seconds and these times are still with no penalties for high or deep cuts. The same goes for the “Fitting another chain” discipline. Fifteen years ago, the Swedish champion Lars Strandell had a time score of over 20 seconds. Today we are under 10 seconds.

Concerning product development, one of the improved areas are the chainsaw bars.  The latest bars from Husqvarna gives the participants a great boost when it comes to combination and precision disciplines. These bars have been upgraded this year as well and it will be interesting to see how the results of the Husqvarna loggers improve.

The result development is not only explained by product improvement over the years. There has been a minor revolution in the way of training and preparing for the championship as well. Not only are the participants more consistent in their preparation of their competition performance, the chainsaw producers are also very supportive to their users. Husqvarna hosts three different training camps prior to the WLC this year. Read about the outcome of the training camps in Austria and Estonia, which we have covered earlier.

22

Jun
1

Anders Kragner – The WLC Expert from Husqvarna

The Husqvarna Loggers Blog is happy to present one of the most proficient chainsaw and World Logging Championship experts in the world – Anders Kragner from Husqvarna Sweden. Anders will not only be with us here on the blog, answering questions about everything related to chainsaws or WLC, he will also be joining us in Croatia for expert reporting and interviews on site.

We asked Anders to write something about himself. This is the result. This is… Anders Kragner!

 

I started working for Husqvarna September 11th 1968. Yes, I know, it is a special date in everybody’s calendar. I started working in Quality control at that time and then in October of 1970 I started at Research & Development as a laboratory engineer.

This was very interesting time in the Husqvarna chainsaw history. We tried to establish Husqvarna on the map as a leading chainsaw manufacturer. I had the fortune of being assigned to a new project, developing a chainsaw for primarily export markets and prime target USA, 61,5 cc. The project name at first was “170 CD”, then a little later into the project it was renamed the model “162 SE”.

I worked with that project the whole development phase and performed all the testing, both internally and externally, at professional forest sites in both Sweden and Finland. This was a very interesting time in my career, consisting of an aim to build up the future of Husqvarna development philosophy. The whole time I was heavily inspired by the R&D development manager Mr Ulf Näslund. Our main goal was, and still is, to develop professional products inline and in cooperation with the users. We have always been very interested to have a close cooperation with professional users throughout the world.

Then in 1976, when this project was launched in the market I followed the product over to our Service department. I worked there with this chainsaw project as well as developing training material for our dealers. Then I stayed in that area “Service and After Sales” and I am still there today.

A good background in product testing, both under laboratory conditions and further out into the actual use or field has been a good help when my interest for World Logging Championship initiated in the late 1980´s. We had an outstanding world champion in Hannu Killki, Finland, and when I first saw his performance at an Elmia forest exhibition, I was hooked for life.

In the year of 1995 I had my first contact with the whole setup of the World Logging Championship. Finland organized this event and it was absolutely thrilling to see the performance of our loggers. This was an overall exciting competition and at the end when the Swede, Lars Strandell ended up in the limbing final against the Finnish Jukka Peramäki, I was more nervous than ever. Lars had a very small chance to beat the Finn. It was just “one against thousand” that Lars could win, because Jukka had a strong point lead before that final discipline.

The limbing started and halfway through the tree bole Jukkas chain jumped the bar. Lars could easily march past and receive the gold medal. This was the second time for Lars, that already 1993 won the competition for the first time.

I learned right then and there that nothing is set in World Loggers Championship until the last contestants has done the final limbing. That proved to be the case in almost all following championships. Anyone out of the 2-4 best could win. Any of these could also fail by having to many penalty points or making some other small mistake at that final run.

I think this basically explains why my interest has focused on chainsaw championships. I can of course add that I have a go-cart racing past that inspired me to compete. My best result in the 125cc class 1975 was a ninth place in the Swedish Championship. After that year of racing go-cart I focused on the role of being the Swedish Team Coach at European and World Championships.

 

18

Jun
0

Husqvarna training camp in Estonia

Prior to the World Logging Championship, Husqvarna is hosting three training camps for all participants using Husqvarna products in the competition. The first one was held in Austria and now the second training camp has been completed. Loggers from nine national teams gathered in Luua, Estonia to get expert guidance, sharpen their discipline skills and brace each other to improvement before the actual competition in Croatia in September.

One of the participants was the Swedish living WLC legend Lars Strandell, who gave the Husqvarna Loggers Blog a good report over the outcome of the training camp. Here are his findings:

The Husqvarna training camp in Estonia was held at the forestry college in the town of Luua. This is located in the southeast part of the country and the site turned out to be a perfect place to host the training.

The first day started out with theoretic lectures on the program and the rules of WLC 2010. On the afternoon, the training of the five disciplines started. Everyone got a chance to concentrate a little bit more on the discipline they felt needed the most practice. It was a joyful and optimistic mood in the group and everyone was really supportive to each other.

The two favorites form the Estonian team, Andes Olesk and Taavi Ehrpais, were each given a new chainsaw, to replace their 13-year-old Husqvarna products. This became quite an emotional moment; it is not easy for a logger to be separated from this kind of a long time friend. Though, after trying out their new products they both could happily establish that they got a better discipline score right away.

The practice continued on the second day and on the third day it was time for an internal competition. Everyone wanted to boost their confidence with a good result and it was a focused group of loggers lining up for the first discipline: Tree felling.

It was a rainy and windy day, the competition almost had to be cancelled. The weather improved enough to start the tree felling, but the bad condition had its impact on the results. Many participants were disappointed from felling their trees a bit too far from the target stick. The best result was performed by the Lithuanian logger Povilias Penkaitis, who scored 655 points.

The “Fitting another chain” discipline was also affected by the cold weather and the really fast results were notably absent. Some participants though managed to get pretty good scores. Ilya Shetsov, Alexander Mallat and Vladimir Dashugin from the Russian team as well as Jukka Permäki from Finland came out as winners. Perimäki, together with his national teammate Esa Tumelius, also performed best in the “Bucking with combined cuts” discipline. The precision bucking discipline was won by the Lithuanian participant Gediminas Stasiunas.

The limbing discipline came to be a really exciting final. Many loggers had the chance to take the total winning score of the training camp. Alexander Mallat from Russia had the best discipline score, while the winner of the total score was Romas Balciunas from Lithuania. Second place came Ilya Shvetsov from Russia and third came Jarmo Laatikainen from Finland. These three loggers and their national teams will definitely be among the favorites for the gold medal in Croatia.

Two joyful reflections from the Estonian training camp:

  • The junior participant Gediminas Stasiunas from Lithuania not only won the precision bucking, he also ended up number four in the total score. No doubt this young logger will be a future top contestant in the WLC and it will be fun to follow his results this year.
  • The Estonian team was joined by a female participant, giving all the other boys a real challenge. In the Estonian training camp, Kreedera Arula performed very well and Husqvarna is happy that the male dominance of the sport is being challenged. All the good luck to you in the future, Kreedera!

 

11

Jun
3

WLC welcomes Japan

For the first time in history, World Logging Championship welcomes a national team from Japan. This is also the first team ever to represent Asia in this competition and it’s great to see the expansion of professional logging challengers. The whole Japanese team uses Husqvarna equipment and they will attend the Husqvarna training camp held in The Netherlands this summer.

Like all other national teams in WLC, the Japanese team consists of three senior contestants and one junior contestant. The whole team has prepared studiously to make sure that they perform their very best in Zagreb in September. Along with them they also have their dedicated coach and technical leader, Mr. Kyuchiro Odagiri. He is very excited to lead the first Japanese team in the WLC.

- "This is the very first time for Japan to participate in the WLC. I hope we can utilize this opportunity and apply what we have learned to the future", says a hopeful Mr. Odagiri.

All the four Japanese contestants use the same chainsaw model: Husqvarna 576 XP. The choice is based on the machine’s power, performance, usability and “cool design”. The three senior contestants all have the tree felling discipline as their strongest, while the junior contestant, Shirakawa Hiroki, has “Fitting another chain” as a favorite.

 

Here is a short presentation of the four contestants: 

Name: Hitoshi Keta (senior contestant)
Chainsaw: Husqvarna 576 XP
Daily Profession: Forest improvement
Favorite discipline: Tree felling
Needs more practice: Limbing and Fitting another chain

Hobby: Japanese drum
Favorite sport: Athletic sports
Favorite food: Ramen (Chinese noodle)
Favorite movie: Titanic
Favorite band/artist: Tokio (Japanese artist)
Biggest fear: Language problem and chainsaw operation
In 10 years I will be: A chainsaw instructor

-       “We will aim for the higher target, gold medal!”

 

 

Name: Mitsugi Akita (senior contestant)
Chainsaw: 576 XP
Daily Profession: Wood distribution
Favorite discipline: Tree felling
Needs more practice: Precision bucking

Hobby: Golf and baseball
Favorite sport: Golf and baseball
Favorite food: Seafood
Favorite movie: Rocky
Favorite band/artist: Southern All Stars (Japanese artist)
Biggest fear: Machine trouble and disqualification
In 10 years I will be: Modernize and bring the advance chainsaw technique in Japan

-       “I hope the Japan team performs well and win the prize.”

 

 

Name: Tomohiro Maeda (senior contestant)
Chainsaw:
576 XP
Daily Profession: Timber production
Favorite discipline: Tree felling
Needs more practice: Fitting another chain
Hobby: Goldfish raising

Favorite sport:
Baseball
Favorite food: Hamburger steak
Favorite movie: The Patriot
Favorite band/artist: Fumido (Japanese artist)
Biggest fear: Machine trouble
In 10 years I will be: Working hard in out company and contribute to the forest industry

-       “We will win the prize!”

 

 

Name: Shirakawa Hiroki (junior contestant)
Chainsaw:
576 XP
Daily Profession: Timber production
Favorite discipline: Fitting another chain
Needs more practice: Limbing

Hobby:
Outdoors camping
Favorite sport: Martial arts
Favorite food: Curry rice
Favorite movie: Saw
Favorite band/artist: Exile (Japanese artist)
Biggest fear: Disqualification
In 10 years I will be: Running a company or become an instructor

-       “I believe that Japan will get a prize at our first WLC.”

 

05

Jun
0

Follow WLC 2010

Take the opportunity to follow the preparation and participation of Husqvarna chainsaw users for WLC 2010 in every possible channel! Please click the URL adresses to follow WLC 2010:

 

Facebook

The Facebook fan page is for everyone into Husqvarna professional forest and will be a hub for everyone using a Husqvarna chainsaw or other forestry related products. Starting now and throughout September, the fan page updates will of course be heavily focused on the WLC and the preparation from all the Husqarna competitors. Become a fan of Husqvarna now!

 

The twitter account will be mostly active in connection with the World Logging Championship in Zagreb, Croatia the 23rd to 26th September. Make sure that you get the live updates from this exciting event by following Husqvarna on Twitter.

 


On Flickr all the images form the training camps and the WLC will be uploaded gradually. If there is something specific you would like us to cover by photo taking, please let us know and we will try our best to please you!


 

On the Husqvarna YouTube channel it will be possible to view videos from WLC, continuously uploaded through out the competition. There will be interviews from contestants, coverage of the different disciplines and expert comments.

  

 

A bunch of images from WLC 2008 in Tripsdril, Germany were just uploaded on both Flickr and the Facebook fan page. Have a look! 

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