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Axe-throwing facility Timber Lounge to open in Halifax

Darren Hudson, a fifth-generation sawmill operator and woodsman from Shelburne County, plans to open the Timber Lounge on Agricola Street in March.

Co-owner and champion logroller Darren Hudson plans to open the bar in March

Halifax is getting an indoor axe-throwing facility called the Timber Lounge in March. 0:33

Drink beer and throw axes? You'll soon be able to do both at a new business in Halifax. 

Darren Hudson, a fifth-generation sawmill operator from Shelburne County, plans to open the Timber Lounge on Agricola Street in March.

"Axe throwing has always traditionally been a way to unwind. It's a way of celebrating one's hard work in the forest industry," he said. 

Hudson, a world champion logroller, has competed in lumberjack sports for years. He's the mastermind behind the Lumberjack AXEperience in southwestern Nova Scotia, which offers hands-on lumberjack training.

But whatever you do, don't call his new venture an axe-throwing "bar."

"No, we don't use axe-throwing bar," Hudson explained. 

"We're an indoor, axe-throwing facility and the Timber Lounge, where people can enjoy tastes of Nova Scotia food, sample craft beers from around Nova Scotia as well."

Darren Hudson is a world champion logroller and one of the Timber Lounge's co-owners. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

'Something different'

Hudson says the Timber Lounge, co-owned by his business partner Marc Chisholm, will be a safe place. Besides the bullseye, they'll be targeting business groups and other organizations who want to give axe throwing a try. 

But they'll welcome anyone who's "looking for something different," Chisholm said. 

"We just want to be able to provide a venue where people can do something different. People do bowling, pool, darts. You know, it's in that genre but people just want to have a new experience."

Marc Chisholm is Hudson's business partner and co-owner of the Timber Lounge. (CBC)

Axes and hatchets will be stored safely away from the lounge area — located on the other side of a wood and Plexiglass wall. 

Patrons will be able to choose from a hatchet and a larger, double-edged axe. 

The Timber Lounge's furniture and walls will be custom designed from wood leftover from the forestry industry.

The Timber Lounge will be a first for Halifax, but there are others similar to it in Canada such as the chain BATL. In some cities, there are even axe-throwing leagues. 

"We're really happy to be bringing this culture and highlighting our heritage here in the city," Hudson said. 

"There are a lot of hurdles to tackle, but together we've been plucking off the things that we needed to do," Chisholm added. 

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