History comes alive at Angry Axes in Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
It's a sport rooted in fifth-century war and pioneering, but axe throwing is making a comeback as a cult classic.
The satisfying sound of metal piercing wood rings through a little shop at the corner of Admiral and Peoria.
“Tulsa needs something like this,” says owner Chance Hawkins.
“Ok, it depends on how much pressure you put on yourself,” says his wife Alycia. “And who's watching.”
“We thought it was the coolest thing,” Chance says of the time they found a similar facility in Dallas. “I remember growing up throwing axes when I was a kid.”
For Jim McCarthy, it’s a reminder of home.
“I moved here from Toronto, Canada about two years ago,” McCarthy says. “And so axe throwing is pretty big up there.”
McCarthy’s move brought him here.
“I figured this would be a good way to meet some odd, like-minded individuals,” he says with a grin. “Drink some beers and throw some axes.”
The Hawkins got the itch to pitch.
“After you throw your first axe and you get it to stick, it's like this is amazing, we have to do this,” says the better half. “It's not even like a should we or should we not. It's like we have to do this.”
“It's something most people haven't heard of,” Chance says. “And so when they realize they can throw axes, they don't have to be outside, they can come in, they can throw axes with their friends.”
And it’s a chance to make new ones.
“It made me feel a little bit more at home here,” McCarthy says.
You can go check it out for yourself. Angry Axes has league nights along with trivia and other events. You can find a link to their website by clicking here.