Aixe throwing as a sport isn’t new, and in fact might be one of the oldest in existence. What is new, however, is throwing axes in an urban environment, especially in the United States, where it’s just getting off the ground. In Canada and a few other spots in the world, urban axe throwing is booming and according to the National Axe Federation (NATF), participants have thrown nearly 20 million axes to date.
One thing is a given — once you’ve thrown an axe, you’ll want to do it again. “It feels like playing when you’re a kid,” says Paton. “It’s new and different and anyone can join the fun.”