What could go wrong when you get together with a bunch of co-workers to sling some axes?
According to the folks at Bad Axe Throwing, things go very well and people have lots of fun. The chain of axe throwing outlets started in Canada three years ago and now has 16 North American locations.
The company told GoMN Thursday a Twin Cities location is "in the works" but has offered no details on when or where.
How does it work?
The target market they're aiming at is groups headed out for a birthday celebration, corporate outing, bachelor/ette party, or other event, the company says.
Bad Axe Throwing provides the equipment and a professional instructor to get people started with the right technique. Then it's game on.
Bad Axe does not sell any food or drinks but you're welcome to bring your own and they do have refrigerators.
Depending upon the city, it costs $35 to $45 per person to throw. They recommend booking your lanes weeks in advance, especially if you want to throw on a weekend.
If you get the axe throwing bug, they've got leagues that last eight weeks for 15 bucks a week. And recently they've started allowing people without reservations to walk in and throw for $20 an hour.
How many people get hurt?
"We have never had anyone hurt or injured in any way," Bad Axe Throwing says on its website. "It is completely safe and we are very strict in making sure that everyone is throwing the axes in a safe manner."
The policy is to never throw an axe if anyone is within six feet of the target. Spectators watch from behind a chain link fence.
A writer who visited the Toronto location said axe throwing is "essentially just a more-dangerous version of darts" but said the fun space, loud music, and enthusiastic staff made the whole thing exhilarating.
The hotshots in this Twitter video are obviously better than we beginners will be, but this gives you a taste of it.
While you're waiting for details on a Minnesota location, you can bone up on axe throwing technique here.