Our story begins with Stan Checketts. He started throwing axes and building axe throwing targets over 55 years ago. He built targets for his friends, neighbors, and for himself at his home. Stan has a recreation center at his home, complete with racquetball courts, bowling alleys, tennis, and several other fun activities. Everyone gravitated to axe throwing because it was so unique.
Stan made a name for himself by inventing and building thrill rides, multi-passenger ziplines, and other amusements. He even designed and built the famous Terror Dactyl ride in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Stan is known for his incredible safety record. People in the industry just know that Stand does it right.
A few years ago, he attended an F2FEC conference. There, people told Stan he needed apply his dedication to safety and quality to the sport of axe throwing. It seemed like a joke at first. Stan had been throwing axes for over 55 years. Some of his targets are 30 years old and still taking axes. He never thought to make it into a business, but the more he thought about it, the more he liked it.
Stan spent hundreds of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars developing and building axe throwing lanes. Many of the first designs of axe throwing lanes found their way to backyards as chicken coops, goat runs, or rabbit hutches; they just didn’t live up to standard. After countless iterations over many years, Stan finally came up with a design he trusted. Finally matching his high standards of quality and safety, he set out to market it.
That nudge at the F2FEC conference has brought about amazing results with the birth of Axe Pros. With so many years of research and development under our belt, Axe Pros started out with more experience than any other axe throwing manufacturer. We designed the safest and most beautiful lanes, but the lane itself was just the wrapping on the package. The journey was just beginning.
Axe Pros had several designs for targets. With our Axe-pert team of throwers we started trying to break the targets to see where we could improve our design. After rigorous testing and redesigning, one came out on top as a clear winner. The Axe Pros target is superior to any other target on the market because it has an angle that is more likely to catch axes. The target uses green wood, which prevents axes from bouncing off. With the design perfected, Axe Pros applied for patents. Our unique design is truly the best axe target in the world. It’s amazing how easy it is to stick an axe with our targets.
After tackling targets, it was time to pick an axe. Everything you can buy at the store made its way into the shop to be tested by our axe-pert throwers. Those too heavy, too flimsy, or too off-balance ended up in the rapidly growing reject bin. Soon, it was clear hardware store axes were going to make the cut. We needed to design our own. Heavy axes proved difficult to control, so we went for something lighter. We found people could easily stick the target that way. Axe Pros axes throw as easy as tossing a ball or casting a fishing line.
Axe Pros Today
Axe Pros sells easy to assemble axe throwing lane kits and targets. Our axes must pass the rigorous Axe Pros tests for safety and quality before we put them out. We are proud to present the best axes, targets, and axe throwing lanes in the industry. Our amazing axe throwers continually improve our designs to give the best quality products. They travel the country with our trailers to ensure our name gets out to everyone.
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A member of our highly skilled axe throwing team will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our products or the sport of axe throwing.