Williamson, who has lived in the Dells since 2004, said he finished his first tournament in the middle of the pack and realized that “there is a much bigger world of ax throwing outside of our little one. community ”. He said his competitive nature had led him to train “and it kind of got out of hand from there”. He has participated in more than a dozen tournaments.
The ax throwing community is his favorite part of the sport, he said.
“They are very tolerant, very forgiving,” said Williamson. “They don’t care if you’re a newbie, a pro, color, gender, orientation. They accept everyone. There are a lot of very close friendships that develop in tournaments with people from all over the country that you only see at a tournament.
They saw this community come together when they hosted a smooth opening for their business in mid-October. Buchanan said all of their ax throwing friends from the Midwestern states have turned up to support them and throw axes. Business since then has been good, he said, including bookings and walk-in tours.
Buchanan and Williamson decided to open the venue together about a year ago.
“We just wanted to do our own thing,” Buchanan said. “We kind of wanted to do it our own way, teach sports, develop sports, stuff like that.”