How to Judge Woodchopping

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Underhand

The log is lying horizontal and the competitor cuts the log in half and they swing between their legs. They cut into the front side of the log going about half way before turning to second side severing the log. They stand on the log. the flat section is called a foothold.

Double Handed Sawing

The Double Handed Sawing involves two competitors on each end of a crosscut saw to cut a ring of wood from the end of the log which is held horizontally in a sawing cradle. The cross cut saw can vary in length but normal around 6 foot long.

Standing Block

The log is vertical and the competitor cuts the log in half, swinging up and down from the ground. They cut into the front side of the log going about half way before turning to the second side severing the log.

Single Handed Sawing

Single Handed Sawing involves one competitor on one end of the cross cut saw cutting a ring of wood from the end of the log which is held horizontally in a sawing cradle. The cross cut saw can vary in length from about 6 foot long.

Tree Felling

The competitor climbs a tree pole using three specially made boards. Three board holes are cut into the side of the trees for the boards to be inserted. Once the competitor reach the top, they cut the log in the same way as the Standing Block standing on the board. They cut roughly half way then return to the ground and climbs the back side of the tree cut the log in half.

How Woodchopping Works

Divisions

Events are contested in each discipline such as Championship, Open Handicap, Divisional Handicap, Novice, Junior (from 12yr to 20yr), Veterans (60yr and over) and Ladies

Championships

Championship events are contested between the best axemen. All competitors start chopping at the same time.

Post-Competition

After the Show finishes, the wood used in the competition is available for purchase from Rotary. This raises vital funds for their projects as well as for the Show Society Foundation.

How to Win

The goal of competitors is to be the first to chop or saw through their block of wood. 

Equipment

An axe can cost upwards of $700 each, many competitors would have six or more axes with them at the Royal Adelaide Show. The cross cut saws can cost upwards of $3,000 each. Saws are predominantly made in New Zealand while Axes are made in both New Zealand and Australia. They are both made from a special type of steel and only available to purchase from specialised retailers.

Handicapping

Handicap events are for competitors of varying abilities and competence and each competitor is allocated a handicap number used to indicate when they start chopping from 3 seconds upwards to 40 seconds depending on the size of log This gives all competitors an opportunity to win the event regardless of the abilities and competence.

Timber

Our timer is responsibly sourced from Victoria and is delivered to the Show pre-cut to the various sizes required. The logs are then stored at the Showground and are covered in straw and watered regularly to ensure the logs remain green and fresh for competition.

The above judging criteria and comments have been provided for the purpose of education and do not represent the views, opinions or position of judges, officials or the RA&HS. Any resemblance to actual persons, competitors, or exhibits living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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