13 Axes – Axe Throwing
“trust me, the axes are extremely sharp – please don’t run your fingers down them to check, blood is extremely difficult to remove from the astroturf. Please don’t try to shave your arm to check if the axe is sharp…..blood, is extremely difficult to remove from the astroturf”
Throw your frustrations…..without thinking about it
The team at 13 Axes in Cleveland are extremely welcoming and deliver a safety briefing in typical Australian comedic fashion. Passion for all things axe tossing is evident within the crew (Jason, Emma and Ella sharing their wealth of experience while ensuring that activities are undertaken within a solid level of safety.
The axes come in two varieties – run of the mill kindling chopper that you can obtain from your local Bunnings store (with or without the obligatory Bunnings Snag) while the other is the creme-de-la-creme, a professional implement that has been imported from America for your throwing pleasure.
Celebration dances are welcome
A great activity to participate in, whether it be a Stag/Hens activity, team building, family activity, group social bonding activity or (as was my luck) part of a date – Axe throwing is equal parts embarrassing, satisfying, hilarious and humbling. One moment you think you have it down pat, you swing the axe, it leaves your hand/s and after rotating through the air you hear the satisfying thud as the sharpened blade digs into the wooden target on the wall, the red of the bullseye sitting on either side of your axe – you pump you fist into the air, kick your foot up and shake your arse like there is no tomorrow. This is as good as it gets, you are officially a Viking and know in your heart of hearts that if a zombie apocalypse kicked off tomorrow, the axe would be your choice of weapon.
You retrieve your baby from target, smile at it lovingly as your walk back to have a second through.
Not only does this one not go where you wanted on the target, it also just bounces out and buries itself amongst the wood chips like a sullen child. You flip the bird at both the target AND the axe and realise that, like John Snow….you know nothing.
The crew are constantly keeping an eye out, paying attention to those participants that are notably atrocious (in some cases dangerously so), smiling at those attempting the “double tap” scoring or those with exuberant celebrations for achieving no more than making contact with the board and providing welcome advice to the throwers – words of wisdom such as “stop trying to aim for now, just follow through and release”, “don’t try to force a rotation, it’ll happen by itself”, “take half a step backwards, it’ll help give the axe a little more time to rotate and dig in with a point”. Either way, their constant presence is both reassuring and helpful in the improvements they provide with a few simple words.
Do, or do not – there is no try
This is such a fun activity. Don’t overthink it and give it a go. Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your date or dates (I’m not judging) and give it a red-hot crack. The team are super super helpful and will have your embracing your inner Jason Momoa within moments.
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