Published November 19, 2019
THE VIEW FROM MY SEAT
Tired of the routine sports? There is always ax throwing
By Ernie Williamson / The Bulletin
Tired of bowling and golf? Bored with tennis?
A new Pearland business offers a cutting-edge option: Ax throwing.
Hurling Hatchets, opened in October by local businessmen, is Brazoria County’s first indoor ax-throwing establishment.
After all, Carrie Nation, who later gained notoriety as a temperance crusader who threw hatchets to destroy bar fixtures and liquor bottles, resided for a time along the San Bernard River in our county.
At Hurling Hatchets, the target is not liquor bottles but a bulls-eye on a 4- feet -high by 4- feet- wide piece of yellow pine that you try to hit with an ax from 12 feet away. The games are much like those you play with darts.
The main difference is that axes don’t stick as easily as darts. Also, for obvious reasons, you can’t wear open-toed shoes while throwing axes. The company has other shoes available if needed.
The establishment was started after local businessman Michael Barton saw an ax-throwing entertainment center in Austin. He recruited three others, including 18-year-old Trevor Gibbs, and opened Hurling Hatchets.
Hurling Hatchets is trying to capitalize on the growing popularity of urban axe throwing. I bet you didn’t know that there is even a World Axe Throwing League.
According to Gibbs, the business is off to a solid start with women making up half the customers so far.
Gibbs, who is still attending school at San Jacinto College, says women enjoy ax throwing because success depends on technique, not strength. The company provides axes designed to be thrown with one hand and bigger axes to be thrown with both hands.
The air-conditioned facility has 10 stalls with two targets per stall. If you aren’t sharpening your ax-throwing skills, there are televisions, pool tables and Foosball.
Walk-in ax throwers get 15 minutes of coaching and an hour of throwing for $20 per person. The coaches hang around to help and to ensure everyone is obeying safety rules.
A two-hour session for groups of 4 through 12 costs $35 per person. Gibbs says the business, which is open Thursday through Sunday, is popular for group outings such as bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthdays and company team-building.
For now the business is bring your own beer, wine, or food. However, Hurling Hatchets is next to King’s Biergarten and some customers are getting food and drink there and bringing it to Hurling Hatchets. No hard liquor is allowed.
Gibbs says so far 100 percent of customers have been able to get at least one “stick” with an axe.
I tried it with two hands and one hand and couldn’t get the ax to stick. But since I am in a wheelchair and only tried three throws, we won’t count that against their perfect record.
That would be a hatchet job.
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