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Author Topic: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing  (Read 1158 times)

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What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« on: August 09, 2017, 05:11:21 pm »
Hi,

Axe Throwing seems like an up-and-coming hipster thing. I'm trying to figure out how to profit.  ;D

They will need to replace the wooden targets that they throw into at some point. If I were to get into this business, and supply lumber for making targets, what would be the best material do you think?

To save the Axes, something softer. With lower mineral content, and non-reactive. So not black locust or oak.

In the softwood category, pine, hemlock, evergreens have sap, that I figure would stick to the axes.

To be durable, so they don't have to change the targets too often, maybe a softer hardwood?
Basswood? Beech? Alder? Poplar (but does that have minerals?)

And next question... dimensions,
Thickness - probably pretty stout thickness. 6/4 or 8/4? Or maybe 10/4? or 12/4?
Width - as wide as possible probably. Joints may make for misses. Axes stuck in seams? Shattering a joint?
Length - as needed, I guess.

Very interested in what everyone thinks...

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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 05:34:36 pm »
A potted tree would be the best... The wounds would eventually grow shut again.
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2017, 09:20:47 pm »
   Just talking out my ___ since I know nothing about ax throwing but I'd think soft wood like basswood or buckeye. I'd think minimum 8/4 and 10/4 to 12/4 looks like it would be better.

   I've you are going to use beech I want to stay far away and that was the hardest wood I encountered to stick an ax in from my experience trying to split some for firewood a few years ago. I'd really worry about ricochets with beech.

    Good luck.

   
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2017, 10:22:48 pm »
The National Axe Throwing Federation (NATF) has detailed target construction specifications, though they neglect to list species for the targets. They do mention that the subframe is spruce or pine, followed by 3/4" plywood, and the target itself consists of three 2X10 boards 4' long.

    http://www.nationalaxe.com/

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     http://www.nationalaxe.com/league-administration.html





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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2017, 11:50:09 pm »
Esteadle,
That's interesting, I've been seeing some of the same thing, except they have been requests for knife and Ninja star targets.  Not many, but a few. 
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2017, 06:10:00 am »
It seems to me that BASSWOOD would make a good target for a throwing axe!
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2017, 07:33:14 am »
I was thinking a big thick sweet gum cookie,
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2017, 08:19:52 am »
I'm thinking that the hipsters should use each other for targets. smiley_mad_crazy

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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2017, 08:35:08 am »
I'm thinking that the hipsters should use each other for targets. smiley_mad_crazy
:D :D

   I can think of lots of other groups I could add but I digress.
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2017, 09:54:37 am »
I have always seen a big firewood round used at the black powers shoots and reenactments. Oak or whatever was handy.

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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2017, 10:52:18 am »
Doughty oak or elm that is slightly damp.  When I try to split it for firewood, it just buries the maul.  I have a hard time retrieving and it seems to have no impact whatsoever on the stick even after repeated thwacks.   ;D 

Would probably suck an axe in halfway up the handle.   :D
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2017, 02:25:03 pm »
Alissa from the Axewomen uses pine or poplar.  It must be clear, no knots.

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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2017, 02:33:38 pm »
esteadle  axe throwing bars are turning up all over so someone has to source these things.  I can't imagine mixing axes and alcohol ;D

https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2017/06/26/drinking-and-throwing-mix-boston-might-soon-find-out/mlKiF9qIFSHbQHz34nAGLP/story.html

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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2017, 05:37:13 pm »
my neighbor gets  a lot of wood from the city. used to cut and sell firewood. an older gentleman stopped by about 2 months ago lookin for targets. showed us his throwing axes and talked about different competitions he goes to.
he was lookin for cottonwood, so neighbors been gettin into the cottonwood cookie cuttin business a bit.

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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #14 on: August 10, 2017, 06:02:08 pm »
What is a "hipster"?  Just wondering why anybody would want them throwing axes at each other.

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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2017, 11:06:59 pm »
I'm a many time world champion lumberjack in the water events and have 30 years experience in the sport. We always throw at a huge cookie of white pine that has a chain and binder around it to prevent it from breaking apart over time. Going from memory they were always at least 6" thick, but many were thicker (a foot thick wasn't uncommon). The center is mounted 5' from the ground. You throw from 20' away. The bullseye is 5 points, the next ring 4, etc.
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2017, 06:41:06 am »
I have made them for customers before, Allways W Pine cut 6" thick x3' cookie. They want end grain to hit.
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2017, 07:09:42 am »
I think the best wood for this application would be a nice fat round cookie.......with a pic of your mother-in-law attached.....
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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2017, 09:14:27 am »
In college competition we used a yellow poplar round about 3 feet long.  It sat in an X-brace frame.  You threw at the end grain. 

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Re: What is the best target wood for Axe Throwing
« Reply #19 on: August 11, 2017, 09:49:07 am »
Black Gum, soft enough and you cant split it.
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