Fire Away: Axe-It 63 Provides Positive Throwing Experience

By David Biggy | Jul 17, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Ryan Curtiss follows through on his throw July 12 as he hits the bull’s-eye in one of the throwing lanes at Axe-It 63 on Route 72 in Stafford Township. Axe-It 63 opened to interested ax throwers on July 5.

Stafford Township, NJ — Kelly Curtiss didn’t mind at all that her fiancé was trying to throw an ax through the center board of the target on the opposite wall as opposed to simply into it.

“I’m not concerned,” said Curtiss, who is scheduled to marry James Tavormina sometime next year. “He’s having fun. That’s all that matters.”

Unfortunately, Tavormina’s fun ended when he threw his shoulder out of place a few minutes later.

“I live in Pearl River (N.Y.), and you can’t just throw an ax anywhere,” he said. “Somebody would call the cops. So it’s awesome to be able to do it in a place like this. It’s a nice, casual and fun environment.”

The Curtiss and Tavormina family showed up to Axe-It 63 on Route 72 in Manahawkin just before 7 p.m. on July 12 to celebrate Kelly’s 25th birthday. Toting a few pizzas, a large foil tray of salad and a few six-packs of beer, the party of 10 had reserved a pair of throwing lanes at the new ax-throwing venue, which had opened a week earlier.

“It’s a cool place. I love it,” said Curtiss, a florist who recently moved to Manahawkin from Pearl River in upstate New York. “Ax throwing isn’t something you do every day, but it’s something you want to do in a safe place. And this was a nice place to gather with our parents, my aunt and siblings, do something out of the ordinary and have some fun together.”

Located in the Driftwood Plaza, Axe-It 63 definitely is a cool place – with woodsy, rustic décor throughout, several seating areas, and a really interesting restroom complete with an old-school mini washtub as the sink – and is open to all who want to experience the thrill of tossing some axes into, or through, the wooden targets on the west wall.

“I didn’t know what to expect this week, but we’ve had a few busy times so far,” said owner Paul Hosszu, who expects to start some leagues in the fall. “Everybody who’s come in has liked it and enjoyed themselves. Now it’s just a matter of getting the word out and getting people here to throw to their heart’s content.”

With a handful of “axe-perts” on hand to give instruction on a variety of methods to throw your ax, the activity isn’t as difficult as some may think. Whether overhand or underhand, single-handed or double-handed, the rules are simple, as is the object of the activity – throw for the bull’s-eye or try for the “kill shot” in the upper right or left corners of the boards.

“It’s something new and different,” said Jackie Curtiss, Kelly’s mother and soon-to-be full-time resident of the Beach Haven West section of Stafford Township. “It’s safe. It has a nice atmosphere. It’s nicer than I thought it would be, considering what you’re doing here. And it’s nice to be able to bring your own food and drinks.”

At $22.95 per person for an hour, or $39.95 per person for two hours, Axe-It 63 is open seven days a week, from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You must be at least 16 years old to throw alone, while children ages 10 to 15 must be with an adult, and nobody can throw unless they’re wearing closed-toe shoes. Hatchets are supplied, and liability waivers must be completed before entering a throwing lane.

“All the people who work here are very nice and helpful,” Jackie Curtiss said. “They make sure you’re doing things right and following the rules, and that’s exactly what’s needed in a place like this. Then you can just have fun and enjoy the experience. It’s exhilarating, really.”

Tavormina said he had been to a similar hatchet house in Fort Wayne, Ind., a few months ago, but he’s looking forward to the next time he can come to Axe-It 63.

“This is better than the one I went to before,” he said. “It’s a reasonable price for the amount of time you can spend throwing. I probably threw my ax at least 50 times, so it’s definitely worth it.”

For more information about Axe-It 63, or to fill out waivers in advance and make reservations, visit axeit63.com.

— David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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