The Most Fun Sport You've Never Seen Live
In Photos: At Competitive Timbersports, Pro-Grade Gear and Tree Annihilation
Stihl invited us upstate to Cherry Valley, New York, to see a regional qualifier. We weren’t sure what to expect beyond a small country town setting, testosterone and big saws. But once we exited our diesel-powered Land Rover Discovery (super quick and borderline perfect road-tripper, by the way) hiked into the fray, donned our now cherished camo-pattern Stihl trucker hats and entered the fenced-off competition area, we truly didn’t want to leave. We watched a bladesmith shave his arm hair off with the edge of an axe head. We watched men wield custom-made chainsaws that were loud enough to hurt our ears through protective equipment. We proudly carried home a “cookie” — a solitary slice of wood deemed to be of acceptable width by the judges. We met the competitors, discussed their workout routines, understood the fun and passion that goes into their sport… And now we’re trying to figure out how to get to Milwaukee for the Pro Championships this week.
How We Got There
The Land Rover Discovery
What We Did There
Chopping Some Wood