We've all had days that can only be salvaged by hurling an axe at a wooden target — and, from Saturday, August 11, Brisbanites can enjoy this very specific form of stress relief.
Already offering both casual and competitive axe throwing on the Gold Coast, Lumber Punks is bringing its distinctive sporting antics to West End. Yes, moseying on down to Montague Road from Thursday to Monday, picking up actual bladed weapons and then chucking them across the room is about to become a very real thing.
"It's kind of like darts, but with big axes," explains co-owner Tyson McMillan, who started Lumber Punks with Sam Hay. The idea came to the pair after a stint of throwing axes in the backyard, which is where the sport has traditionally been practised. Commercial outfits started popping up around the world about a decade ago, but this is just Australia's second joint — with Maniax operating in Sydney and Melbourne.
Patrons can simply gather the gang and start throwing across a 90-minute session, or take part in the axe throwing league. The game is comprised of five rounds, each with five throws, with everyone flinging their axes towards a pattern of concentric circles. Get inside the outer blue ring and you'll score one point. Make it into the middle red ring and you'll nab three. A bullseye — aka inside the black ring — is worth five points, although you can earn a whopping seven if you hit an adjacent green circle on your fifth throw.
For those worried about safety, Lumber Punks advises that their activities are "as safe as we can make it", with everyone using self-contained lanes to minimise the risk of wayward axes. Only the thrower is allowed into the lane, those watching and waiting have to stand behind a barrier, and everyone gets a tutorial before they are allowed to take part. You will have to sign an online waiver before you can get to chucking, however, and you definitely won't be able to drink alcohol. While Lumber Punks is all about blowing off steam in a fun and unusual way, it really is best for everyone that throwing axes and booze don't mix.
Find Lumber Punks at 2/427 Montague Road, West End from Saturday, August 11.