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Story: Lumber Punks
Airdate: 29th September 2019
Presenter: Chrissy Morrissy

With Lumber Punks, the sport of axe throwing has made its way to Perth.

  • Located just out of the city in East Perth, Lumber Punks is the first venue of its kind in WA – although the sport is massive internationally.
  • Axe throwing has been around for hundreds of years, though it only started commercially in Canada around 15 years ago – 2 guys starting throwing axes in their backyard, invited some friends, and it snowballed from there.
  • You begin your time at Lumber Punks with some small tactical tomahawks. While these are still fairly sharp, it’s not really the sharpness of the blade that buries the axe – rather, it’s the weight behind the blade.
  • After you’ve mastered the tomahawk, you’ll be taught how to throw the camp axe. This is about 1 kilo of steel, making it easier to throw than the smaller tomahawks.
  • While the premise may seem simple, an axe battle has a few rules. There are 5 rounds, with 5 axes for each thrower. Whoever has the most points at the end is the winner.
  • Anyone who is able to pick up an axe is able to throw it – there are competitors in the axe throwing league who are in wheelchairs – Lumber Punks has even hosted a 96-yr old woman.
  • While there are risks to axe throwing, visitors to Lumber Punks are taught how to stay safe – the most common injury is actually splinters.
  • There are 5 sessions 7 days a week at Lumber Punks, with each one lasting for 2 hours.
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