Aspiring lumberjacks, lumberjills, and, well, anyone who wants a stress reliever or hobby can find entertainment at Lumberjaxe, Charlotte’s new (and the Carolinas’ first) recreational axe-throwing facility.
Located at 933 Louise Ave. in the Belmont neighborhood near Plaza Midwood, Lumberjaxe consists of six lanes separated by floor-to-ceiling chain-link fencing. Guests throw axes at large, stationary wooden targets 14 feet in front of them, while a staff member is stationed at every lane, offering instructions and safety tips.
Owners Scott and Ashleigh Gadd were hooked when they saw a YouTube video a few years ago from a Toronto axe-throwing company. They built a target in their Boston backyard, started learning to throw, and hosted friends to try it out. When they moved back to Charlotte, they decided to bring the sport with them.
Worried about safety? Lumberjaxe argues that, while axe throwing can sound intimidating, it’s no more dangerous than hurling a 12-pound bowling ball or standing in a batting cage as baseballs fly around your head. In fact, Ashleigh Gadd says Lumberjaxe has even more safety precautions than the longtime Canadian businesses they emulated. “We took their safety model and amplified it,” she says.
Lumberjaxe is not a bar, but it sells beer to paying, throwing customers. The hotspot is open to the public 4-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, and 1-8 p.m. Sunday. It costs $20 per person per hour, and you must be 18 or older to participate. Walk-in spots are available but it’s recommended that you make a reservation at lumberjaxe.co.