Axe Hole Indoor Axe Throwing
Something I'll be sharing this year is a focus on local businesses. I want to introduce some of the the best little gems I can manage to dig up from all the corners of Edmonton. I'm hoping to find you awesome places to have a date, bring the family, or just stop at on the way home from work. (and let's be honest...I'm making my own to-do list here, too)
We'll be starting this regular feature off with a bang - or rather, the sound of an axe hitting wood.
Last week I got the chance to visit Axe Hole, a seriously cool new addition to the Edmonton scene. I admit I wasn't completely sure what an indoor axe throwing facility might be like. I mean, it's axe throwing. Then I spent some time chatting and laughing with two of Axe Hole's employees, Rochelle and Theresa, and now I'm seriously excited to go back. They very kindly took time out of their day to show me around and answer some of my strange questions, and I want to share a bit with you.
Is this the first indoor axe throwing establishment in Edmonton? Yes! We've been open around 5 months. Axe throwing is quite popular in Ontario but is newer to Western Canada and to the Edmonton area. It's been taking off and we're quite busy! We're also on our second round of our axe throwing league.
Where are all the logs from? The ones you see here are from the Sundre, Alberta area. They're too large to fit through mill equipment, so they would be left to rot otherwise. Here they're used as targets, and when they're done, we chop them into smaller household targets and bundles of firewood for sale.
What's fun or memorable about working here? People do a double take when you mention where you work. It's a lot of fun, though, and people really enjoy themselves. We get to practice our axe throwing as we are also training the visitors - so we get to make up new games and trick shots to share.
If it was someone's first time, what suggestions would you have? Relax, and have fun! Call ahead, too, as we're quite busy evenings and weekends, so booking a time for those days is best.
Who tends to do well at throwing axes the first time? It's usually the women who do better first! It's less about how hard you can throw it, and a lot more about technique. We also get kids who will throw bullseye after bullseye. Kids need to be seven to throw the axes.
When would be the best time to come and visit? Weekends and evenings can be busy, so call and reserve a time. Day time is quieter, but it wouldn't hurt to call ahead in case we have a corporate group or other large booking.
P.S. If you do visit Axe Hole, I'd love for you to tell me how it went and what you thought. I know it's on the date night to-do list around here.
P.P.S. Know of another local business I should be checking out? I'd love to hear your suggestions!
And finally, a huge thank you to Rochelle, Theresa, and Axe Hole, who were so welcoming of my visit. I hope to see you again soon!