How To Throw An Axe (and other things you need to know at a good cottage party)

Have you heard? We’re throwing the ultimate cottage party this fall. It’s called the Evergreen Feast On BBQ and it’s celebrating all things locally-grown and delicious.

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Besides great food, we’re also bringing you some of the best cottage country experiences! Things like roasting the perfect marshmallow, biting into that perfect, gooey butter tart and of course, throwing axes!

Here’s what you need to know to have more fun than you can throw an axe at!


AXE THROWING 101

1: The Axe

For starters, axe throwing for beginners usually doesn’t happen with an axe. Novices throw hatchets… small hatchets. You don’t need a sharp axe. If the blade is dull, that’s still okay. One thing to keep in mind for all sizes of axes: the size and length of the shaft of the axe will determine how far you have to stand away from the target to do a full rotation to hit it.

2: The Target

You can’t just throw your axe (or hatchet) at the side of a house. You need a target — like the ones we’re setting up at the Feast On BBQ this October! You can build one of your own, but you’ll need to ensure it can stand up to the weight of the axes being thrown. The internet suggests you use a large circular tree stump. The tree stump should be at least 60 centimeters in diameter (or 24 inches). This type of target will last a lot longer and you’ll find that the axes will stick very easily to them once you wear it in.

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SAFETY FIRST

There are only three rules:

1. Don’t throw an axe if someone is in front of you or near the target. Keep a clearance area of at least 6 feet surrounding the target.

2. Don’t sharpen the blade too much to the point where you can cut yourself. If it’s as sharp as a knife, you overdid it!

3. Don’t throw an axe if someone is in front of you or near the target.

See what we did there? Don’t throw your axe if there is anything alive in front of you, no matter how good you think you are.


NOW FOR THE ACTUAL THROWING

  1. Visualize your target. Focus, but don’t get too stiff.
  2. Put one foot forward, usually your dominant foot.
  3. Grasp the axe with two hands, one over the other.
  4. Bring the axe directly over your head and slightly lean back.
  5. Lean forward and release the axe in a fast motion extending your arms forward.

If all this seems like a little much, don’t worry. You can still be a bad axe-throwing machine. Join us at the Evergreen Feast On BBQ, October 14th and learn from the masters at the Battle Axe Throwing League!


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