The first time I tried axe throwing was at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming at a memorable outdoor dinner along the river. It was a fun way to get to know other guests at the ranch, with no one being much of an expert at hurling an axe but most being willing to give it a try. However, there is no need to go to a ranch or Wyoming to try this fun team-building activity when FlannelJax’s and Bad Axe Throwing both provide options in Minnesota and beyond.
Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2018, FlannelJax’s has expanded to include locations in Arvada, Colorado; Madison, Wisconsin; Roanoke, Texas; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Seattle, Washington. As the team at FlannelJax’s likes to say, “Don’t just break the ice … smash through it with an axe!” It’s team-building on steroids or at least the kind you can manage in plaid shirts or loosened ties.
FlannelJax’s offers a variety of axe-throwing games and lumberjack sports like crosscut sawing and thump the stump, where players race to hammer a nail into a stump with a hatchet. Event specialists are available to help groups customize their FlannelJax experience, assisting with details such as catering, drink packages, games and prizes.
Bad Axe Throwing has two Minneapolis locations, the newest opening in City Center last fall and the other in the northeast section of the city. Founded by CEO Mario Zelaya in 2014, the Canadian company’s first location opened in Burlington, Ontario. Since then, Bad Axe Throwing has expanded across Canada and the United States with more than 40 locations specializing in leagues, walk-ins, private parties and team-building events and working with charity events as well.