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Coworkers Randy Joslyn and Robert Harris bonded through their shared work ethic at their high-level manufacturing facility, and visited a Georgia axe throwing venue one day after work. Competitive by nature, both parties were drawn in by various axe throwing games — especially “Blackjack,” a game that essentially operates the same as “Twenty-One” in dart-throwing — and trick shots. They became enamored with the sport, and now the pair is scheduled to open Sappy Axes, an axe throwing facility of their own, within the Acworth Crossing Shopping Center at 3335 Cobb Pkway NW in Acworth this April.
“Axe throwing is so unique in that it sounds like a taboo — however it can be a very family-friendly event,” Harris told What Now Atlanta. “The more experienced axe throwers compete in leagues for prizes and it is very entertaining to watch. We do plan to start a Sappy Axes Axe Throwing League in the future and cannot wait to get it rolling.”
Before Joslyn and Harris built their first axe throwing target, they often used backyard trees as marks for their shared hobby. Noticing the sap that would eke from the trees’ pierced bark, the pair devised the distinctive name “Sappy Axes” for their upcoming axe throwing venue in Acworth.
Their facility will be outfitted with eight throwing lanes, all built to World Axe Throwing League specifications (although the co-owners have not yet decided whether to affiliate with them). Clientele can schedule open-throws, group events and private parties. Two of these lanes will utilize projected targets, allowing for a variety of programmable games like tic-tac-toe and ones that include moving targets.
Packaged snacks, water, soda and energy drinks will be available for axe throwers onsite. Joslyn and Harris are considering a full-time kitchen at the facility, but encourage patrons to bring their own food from eateries within the surrounding shopping center in the meantime.
“Acworth is a beautiful city,” said Harris. “We believe we are bringing something unique and thrilling to it for the residents to do.”