Ax-throwing business coming soon to downtown Aiken

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 9:31 PM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - If you’ve ever wondered if a wood chuck could chuck wood, you may just find your answer in downtown Aiken. Today we look around its newest attraction called Woodchuckers. But instead of chucking wood there, you chuck axes.

Alisa and Jason Hamrick leased this property in the alley back in May.

“Having a place downtown in the alley is like something you dream about,” said Alisa Hamrick, owner of Woodchuckers.

When they got the space, ax throwing wasn’t the first thing on their minds.

“We originally were going to lease the back part and put a cookie dough and ice cream place in the front,” said Hamrick.

Once they decided they wanted to keep the whole space, they went all in on axe throwing. The last three months have been filled with building lanes, benches, a bar, and more to get the business moving. Outside of some electrical work, the Hamricks have done all of it themselves.

“Not having to depend on a contractor to do some things and being a kind of DIY kid of family, we’ve been able to do it in a speedy sort of fashion,” said Hamrick.

Now with just about a month until the open, they’re getting into the home stretch of construction. When all is said and done, there will be 10 lanes for people to rent out. You can have four people to a lane, and the cost is $20 per person per hour. The minimum age is 12, and anyone under 18 has to be with an adult. Everyone will get a quick training session from an ax-pert before they start throwing.

Hamrick says she’s getting people of all ages telling her how excited they are.

“I had a woman coming up the other day, she was so sweet, she was with her friends and she said I’m a retired teacher I definitely need to throw things,” she said.

Hamrick says they went with ax throwing because they wanted to bring something new to Aiken. She says there’s a lot of food and shopping, but not as many fun places to hang out.

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