By Abigail Fridmann Camillus, N.Y. (NCC News) — It might seem a little unusual, but this sport is hitting the bull’s-eye for Central New Yorkers.
Axe throwing is a fan favorite up in Canada, but has gradually been making its way to the United States. Sometimes infamously known for its close calls, but more often than not, well known for it’s exciting sport.
“It takes skill, there’s a national competition, and it’s fun. It’s really fun,” says Axe Master Brandon Sobels.
Bad Axe is one of two throwing facilities in the Central New York area. Sobels says even though they’re new to the area, business has been booming.
“Things have been really steady, and every night we’re basically filled up.”
So what’s the attraction? According to Sobels, it’s a great way to ease tension in your daily life.
“When people hit the target it’s quite joyous. It relieves a lot of stress, it’s like ‘I just did that.'”
While Sobels may appear to be a modern day lumberjack, he says this is a sport pretty much anyone can do. All you have to do is point, reach, and throw.
“It’s pretty much just muscle memory,” says Sobels. “Once you get used to it, it just gets easier and easier.”