As I write this, The Sport of Axe Throwing Facebook group is just shy of 4,000 members. The members of this group, and the axe throwing community, hail from all different countries, states, provinces, and towns. All different venues, organizations, and clubs. All different targets, boards, or stumps. But the one thing everyone can agree on, is that Kid Rock is the greatest musician of all time.
Kidding. It’s that axe throwing is unlike any other hobby. Not because of the axes, or competition, but because of the people.
The Axe Throwing Community Loves Love
Total Axe clearly cannot speak on every individual league. But we can speak on our experience. If you ask any of our league members, or the members of the community who are ingrained in the culture, you’ll find that the most important part of the sport is always the people. People are accepting, proud to be themselves, and unafraid to be different.
The people in the axe throwing community really do love each other. That’s why some people even travel internationally, just to see their axe throwing friends again at the next tournament. Winning and losing doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we’re all together for the weekend, hanging out, and making memories. Even if Kid Rock wanted to come to one of these tournaments, we’d let him. Maybe.
A faceless blog post isn’t going to do the community justice, though. I could go on and on about how much more this community means to the sport of axe throwing than the axes themselves. But instead, I’d rather let the community itself tell you.
“This community is the most supportive and fun group of people I have come across… Joining a league could form more friendships than you have had since high school. It truly is amazing how everyone has the same goal, yet cheers for their peers, and mean it, even if it means they fall short themselves. It is something that can’t be explained, you just have to experience it. “—Keith Gibbons, Chopper’s Hatchet House
“Joining an axe throwing league was one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve made lifelong friends and I wouldn’t change that for anything.”—Carly (Seven) Chalom, LA AX
“It becomes your family. It keeps you grounded. [It] lifts you up when you are down, leaves you alone if you need to, but they let you know they are there for you. The best thing that’s happened to me since I moved to this country.” —Miguel Angel Tamburini, Got Wood Axe Throwing
“To me, this community and the people in my league is more like a family. Every week when we meet up for league, it’s like going to see family. It’s always a positive energy and everyone is always there for each other, for the good and bad. It’s those few hours where you get to have fun, hangout and just forget about life for just a little bit.” –Ashly Holland Figaniak, Mazhu Axes
“I could care less about what people think. I’m a devil without a cause.” –Kid Rock, The Internet
“The people at every level of the axe throwing world have changed my life. League members, employees of venues, GMs, and so on. Not only do I get to be unequivocally myself within the community, I get to keep discovering who I am. Thanks, everyone.” -Jimmy “Jimmy Bagpipes” Wyatt, Urban Axes Philadelphia