The Wood Shed has now been open to axe throwers since autumn and the trend is starting to pick up in Central Alberta.
Owner Keri Pratt has been excited with the way her creation has started out in Sylvan Lake.
“It has been going great,” she said. “It’s teaching people about axe throwing and that it’s new and out of the box. Some people are hesitant about trying something unique but it’s for every personality. We have really petite woman come in and we have really large guys come in – both sizes can throw axes without any difficulty.”
Sylvan Lakers of all creeds came out over the holiday season to try something new and celebrate with their friends and coworkers.
“We have had a big turnout for Christmas parties, staff parties and stag/staggette parties,” Pratt said.
Pratt and her husband decided to build the Wood Shed in Sylvan Lake after the Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce, of which Pratt is the Vice President, did a Retail Gap Analysis that showed Sylvan Lake was lacking for entertainment sources outside of lake-related activities.
“Me and my husband came up with this idea that we thought was pretty great and we feel Sylvan Lake has the personality to do unique things,” Pratt said. “We have totally enjoyed it and we have met different people in the community and my coaches have been amazing. We have some amazing axe throwers and we have a lot of fun.”
The Wood Shed is now focusing on beginning a Wednesday night league for throwers interested in continuing with the sport.
“We are starting up a Wednesday night league and half of them will be beginners and the others have been people that have been here week after week,” Pratt said. “Everyone is looking forward to it.”
If you would like more information about the Wood Shed and axe throwing, you can log on to www.thewoodshedaxe.ca.
“We have had lots of people that have come through and told their friends after,” Pratt said. “The trend is building and it is available for everyone. It’s not the stereotypical male throwing axes; everyone can do it.”