Here is the classic video showing Ed Ames teaching Johnny Carson how to throw the Tomahawk. Ed Ames is the actor who is best known for his role as “Mingo” on the 1964 TV series “Daniel Boone”. In the video he talks about doing a 1 revolution throw but he is actually doing a 1 1/2.
On several occasions I have had the opportunity to teach younger folks how to throw the tomahawk. I have taught kids as young as 6 and as old as… Here we have the grandson of a good friend of mine. I recently set up this friend with a new ‘hawk and target block, and I happened to be there when his grandson was visiting and he was very interested in giving it a try. I demonstrated a few times and guided him through the first few throws and in short order this was the result. Here he is with his first “stick.” Needless to say he was very excited! My friend tells me that now, just a few short weeks later, this grandson is routinely beating him in their weekly tomahawk competitions!!!
Just got a couple new Beaver Bill Throwing Hawks, a Premium model and a Thin-Line! I was out testing them today and they fly beautifully as expected. Stickin’ every time, well at least when I hit the target, at 4 rotations once in a while I threw wide, maybe I should say wild!! Anyway, I was taking a few photos and I thought I would try some unusual angles. This is one my favorites.
Actually that’s 96′ 3″. That’s right, Night-Hawk (aka Patrick) takes possession of the distance record with an incredible throw of 7 rotations at 96′ 3″. Trust me you have to put your whole body into that throw. He was using a Beaver Bill Thin-Line Tomahawk and nailed it to the target block on his 3rd attempt. He was progressing back from 1. 2, 3, etc rotations on the “old range” when he reached the natural limit of that range due to tree limb interference. On the 6 rotation throw we are under a lower tree and to throw a 6, clipping a small branch is not unusual. Well, because his step was working out to be a little farther back that day he felt he couldn’t get off the throw without major tree branch trimming. Just so happens that the week before we set up another “unlimited range” just over from the old one. We had yet to throw on that range so I (Bat-Hawk) encouraged him to move over there since there is really no limit to how far back you can throw from. Next thing you know this is the result. We hadn’t worked out the distances yet for that range so we were not sure of the rotations involved but we did know that it was further away than any other throw we had yet achieved. We measured it off at 96′ 3″ and still have yet to figure out the exact rotations being either 7 or 8. Where one stands to throw the tomahawk is highly dependent on a number of factors including personal technique, length of the handle and weight of the tomahawk head. So, if you are using a hawk that has a lighter head such as a Beaver Bill Thin Line, and a handle that has been shortened a couple inches (which I always do), you could be standing a few few feet closer that if you are using a BB Premium model, which is heavier, and a full length handle. Oh BTW, this is a 31″ sycamore target.
We thought a good way to test out the new Poplar target would be at night!! The Poplar targets are a lot lighter color than the Sycamore targets. This makes a big difference if we are throwing in the waning hours of evening especially if the targets are also in the shade. The Sycamore targets visually blend into the background where the Poplar targets have a lot more contrast and can be seen better as it gets dark. The ultimate test came the other day when we were at the TomahawkGuys “country” range when evening came upon us sooner than we were ready to quit. We got out the Coleman lantern and fired it up to see if we would be able to throw successfully by lantern light. We set the tomahawk bag in between the lantern and the throwing line to shield our eyes from the glare to preserve our night vision. With our eyes adjusted we were able to continue throwing well into the night!!
My friend Ed cut down his 3 foot Poplar tree and look what was inside!! New tomahawk targets!!! A little bit bigger than old targets, these guys are about 33″ to 34″ in diameter. This is our first time with Poplar targets but my first throw seemed to stick just fine!! That was just 3 days after cutting the tree. Usually a “green” tree needs a couple weeks to cure or else the hawks just bounce off but apparently not Poplar.
I was introduced to the Tomahawk Throw during a visit to the 2011 National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Autumn Shoot. I was there with a friend and we wandered up to the area where the tomahawk throw was being contended. Since there were not a lot of people there at the time, we were able to chat with the lady who was officiating the throwing that day and she offered to show us how to throw the tomahawk. We, of course, took her up on the offer. After just a couple of tries we were both sticking the hawk consistently. Pretty much after that I was hooked. We hung out there throwing for about 20 minutes until we felt kinda’ guilty for taking up her time. At that point she directed us to “Commercial Row” where the vendors were set up and where we could find throwing hawks for purchase. I happened to find the same kind of hawk that I was using to learn with so, since it was working for me, I bought it. My first throwing hawk was an H&B Forge “Pierced Lady’s Tomahawk.” It is called “lady’s” because it is popular with women and children due to its smaller size and weight. It is, however, a fine throwing hawk and just happened to be the hawk that I threw with first…