Nova Scotia

Women's axe throwing league hits bull's-eye in Barrington

Women throw axes together once a week in Barrington, N.S.

'My grandmother would tell me I was strong as a brick outhouse,' says participant

Group leader Suzy Atwood said the women's axe throwing league, called the Wild Axe Women, has prompted some participants to buy their own targets. (Natalie Dobbin/CBC)

Suzy Atwood wears a silver necklace with two pendants: a target and a map of Nova Scotia with a heart on the South Shore.

Atwood combined those two passions into Wild Axe Women, an axe-throwing league for women in Barrington, N.S.

Suzy Atwood is passionate about axe throwing and Nova Scotia's South Shore. (Natalie Dobbin/CBC)

'Just for fun'

Members have come together one night a week for the last couple of years.

Sometimes they even stay around after dark. They pull their cars up close, turning on the lights as they throw axes at large pieces of wood.

"Seeing the women that participate hit the bull's-eye for the first time, there's nothing that ... really beats that," Atwood told CBC's Information Morning.

The sport is great social event, she said, where women get to take some time for themselves.

"Occasionally we keep score, but it's just for fun," Atwood said.

Wild Axe Women throw axes one night a week in Barrington, N.S. (Natalie Dobbin/CBC)

'Yoga tends to stress me out'

Samantha Brannen said the club is a great way to relax.

"Yoga tends to stress me out, but this actually let's me go," she said.

"I know my position, I know what I have to do and I know how good the results feel."

Sports that involve strength are right up her alley, Brannen said.

"My grandmother would tell me I was strong as a brick outhouse," she said.

League member Samantha Brannen said she prefers axe throwing to yoga. (Natalie Dobbin/CBC)

'Very comfortable'

League member Nicole Hazelett watched Atwood before she first threw an axe. 

"I remember thinking, 'I'm really awkward. This could be very dangerous'," she said with a laugh.

"It took a little while but, you know, you become very comfortable holding the axe and throwing it."

Wild Axe Women members Suzy Atwood (left) and Nicole Hazelett (right). The league meets at the Lumberjack AXEperience in Barrington, which is run by Atwood's boyfriend Darren Hudson. (Natalie Dobbin/CBC)

Backyard targets

She even has her own backyard target, as do several of the other women.

Atwood and her boyfriend Darren Hudson, a world champion logroller, had quite a few requests for targets when the club got started.

"A lot of women received axe targets for Christmas presents," Atwood said with a chuckle.

About the Author

Natalie Dobbin

Associate Producer

With files from CBC's Information Morning