THE CANADIAN SPORT OF AXE THROWING. I have posted a number of reports on the invention of new sports. I had missed this article in the September 2016 Atlantic by Bianca Bosker on Canadian axe throwing. She begins the article with the story about how the sport was invented. “[It] started exactly the way you might expect: three guys at a lake house with some beer, sharp tools, and nothing to do.” The sport involves trying to “stick” an axe into a bullseye on a wooden plank.
In the some ten years since the sport began, it has drawn some 150,000 throwers in Canada. Bosker points out that thus far there have been no serious injuries.