The Mudgee Wine and Wood event returned for a second successful year to the Court House Hotel on the weekend, featuring two state wood chop titles and world class competitors.
World champion axeman Glen Gillam claimed the two state titles – the 300mm Underhand Hardhitting and the 375mm Standing Block.
Crowd favourite – the one-armed woodchopper Nick Fredrickson – took out the 300mm Underhand Calcutta on Friday and local club president Brad Unsworth won the 275mm Underhand Calcutta on Saturday.
Competitor Blake Marsh heads to Germany this week to represent Australia at the Stihl World Titles Rookie Series, the local event his last in the country before leaving.
There was a demonstration of a ‘hot saw’ a 330cc racing chainsaw that cuts a log three times in four seconds.
Paul Sinclair - who along with wife Dawn and the Court House Hotel started the Wine and Wood following the demise of the Lithgow event – was pleased with its success.
“We had some very high-profile axemen, from the current world champion to national and state champions in town, which is very good,” he said.
“There was a great crowd on the Friday and Saturday, we had great support, it’ll definitely be back next year.”