We have been getting in a lot of good ‘hawk throwing lately. With the cooler autumn weather we have been having a nice campfire going next to the target range. Doesn’t get much better than that! On this particular day we were inspired to try for some new benchmarks. Here are a couple pics of “Night-Hawk” showing a new personal best in the “half-throws” with a 4 1/2 rotation stick. He also sticks one from 7 full rotations out again!
Yesterday was a great day to be outside. It was picture perfect with bright sunshine, just right temperature and colorful autumn leaves. A good day to invite some friends to the TomahawkGuys main target range for a little ‘Hawktoberfest action. Among those were a few folks who got to throw a tomahawk for the first time. I recently built a couple extra portable stands and it was an opportunity to use them to set up 5 throwing lanes so there wasn’t a line of people waiting to throw. I knew all those extra targets laying around would come in handy for a time like this.
Here is a picture of some of the younger folks enjoying themselves learning to master the throws. For most it was their first or second time throwing but, like most people, they caught on fast. At one point one of them told me he stuck 66 throws in a row, and this was his first day throwing! It was hard to break them away even at supper time. The lure of brats and metts grilled over the open hickory wood fire was barely enough to get them to stop.
Well, here is a sneak peek at my latest tomahawk. It is similar to another custom hawk I already have but much heavier. I am doing a test run on this to see how well it holds up… more later!
Here we are with Steve, one of the original “TomahawkGuys.” We got together on this autumn Sunday afternoon to finish setting up his new target block and to do a little throwing of course. He now has a 32″ diameter Tulip Poplar block on his “camo” portable target stand. We also marked it up in the “TomahawkGuys” 7″ square pattern so that it is useful for “Around-the-World” and “tic-tac-toe” games, both of which are very fun to play. Also, pictured is one of his daughters who enjoys throwing hawks too! His hawk of choice is Beaver Bill’s Thin Line model.
Just a few weeks after “Night-Hawk” set a new distance record for the TomahawkGuys at 96′-3″ with a 7 rotation throw, I, “Bat-Hawk” surpassed that with my own 7 rotation throw from 98′. Amazing thing is that we both stuck the ‘hawk on our third attempts at the distance. That is one “heckuva” heave to get the tomahawk all the way down there to the target block. Too bad we don’t have video of these throws, we are going to try to get some video of all the different throws that we do one of these days. I do have a couple crumby snapshots of what the target block looks like from 98′ and closer shot of the hawk in the block from the 98’ throw. This block is a 33″ diameter piece of Tulip Poplar. And the ‘hawk is a BB Thin Line.