Once a pastime for bored farm hands, axe throwing has become a trend.
It is league sport with world-wide competition.
And last Friday, it came to Claremore.
The Tulsa-based company Angry Axe, the first of it’s kind in Oklahoma, offers axe throwing challenges for all skill levels.
Kimberly Hawkins, business partner and mom to Angry Axe founder Chance Hawkins, said she’s seen people come in who have never held an axe before, and by then end of their first session, the rest of the room will be cheering for them.
An introductory session includes a tutorial, safety talk, practice with helpful instruction.
The first lesson: “It’s not about how hard or fast you throw the axe. It’s about the rotation, and where you’re standing.”
Experience axe throwers can rent a lane for free-form throwing, or to participate in numerous games like 21, Tic Tac Toe, All Around the World, Timber or Killer.
“It’s an accomplishment. A way to get rid of stress. A good workout. A way to get the adrenaline pumping,” Kimberly said.
And then, there’s the sport of it all.
The Owasso and Tulsa locations currently participate in the World Axe Throwing League. Angry Axe hopes to build a Claremore league before the next season.
Angry Axe was a co-host of the WAXL world championship last year, with around 90 competitors.
While Angry Axe plans to expand throughout Northeast Oklahoma, they picked Claremore third for a reason.
“We had a whole lot of people respond that Claremore needed something that was good, clean fun,” Kimberly said. “So many people get tired of driving to Tulsa or Owasso to have fun or go on a date.”
“We’re happy to be here and support the community,” she said.
Angry Axe is located in the Renaissance Center on Will Rogers Boulevard, across the street from Subway.
The Claremore location held a soft-open Friday, Jan. 24, with walk-ins welcome daily from 4-9 p.m. or 10 p.m. on weekends.
Axe throwers are welcome to book online for other times.
The facility has a BYOB policy for beer, wine and food. Hard liquor is not allowed.
A grand opening celebration will be held in a few weeks, announced on the business’s Facebook page and website.