A crew of other people getting under the influence of alcohol and throwing sharp, doubtlessly deadly gadgets?! Seems like an attractive terrible mixture.


However to not John Heylin, the mastermind in the back of Unofficial Logging Co., the hatchet-throwing bar set to open in downtown Bend someday in December. Silly, perhaps… however no longer terrible. 

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John Heylin stands in the space that is slowly being transformed into Unofficial Logging Co., Bend's first hatchet-throwing bar. - CAYLA CLARK

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  • John Heylin stands within the area this is slowly being reworked into Unofficial Logging Co., Bend’s first hatchet-throwing bar.

“I like silly concepts,” stated Heylin all the way through an interview with the Supply. “Silly concepts are the most efficient concepts, as a result of they’re a laugh.” Heylin, who grew up within the rural village of Canyon, California, says he is at all times been keen on the extraordinary. After spending a couple of years attempting (and failing) to get his bug-eating industry, Chirp, off the bottom, he determined to open up a hatchet bar in Bend along with his buddy and industry spouse, Matt Brobak.

Rumors across the opening date had been circulating for months, however the industry proprietor has in the end (roughly) nailed down a date. “We’re hoping for a cushy opening on Dec. 18,” stated Heylin. “However you understand how these items pass. It’s been an enormous endeavor. We’ve added a cooler, constructed a kitchen… it’s actually loopy seeing this concept come to lifestyles. I take into account when it was once all on paper.”


Unofficial Logging Co., positioned at the nook of Harriman St. and Greenwood Ave., is a lot more than only a bar with sharp gadgets flying during the air. The total-service eating place will function a menu designed through Lisandro Ramon, the savvy chef and industry proprietor in the back of The Brown Owl. Fundamental pub meals? Suppose once more. “We are going to have buffalo cauliflower, red meat chops, potato leek soup, Brussels sprouts, and highly spiced nuts to call only a few [menu items]. Plus, I am actually excited to provide a lighter choice that I like, which is sliced heirloom tomato with recent basil and mozzarella.”

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One of six private lanes—each of which will contain two targets—still under construction. - CAYLA CLARK

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  • One in every of six non-public lanes—every of which is able to comprise two objectives—nonetheless below development.

The bar will function 15 beers on faucet and a small wine variety. Servers and bartenders shall be cross-trained to lend a hand axe-wielding consumers, and—in fact— spot those that must be bring to a halt ahead of… one thing else will get bring to a halt.


“Somebody can throw a hatchet with correct directions. It is all about being in step with throwing energy and distance from the objective,” Heylin defined. We are going to have coaches/servers ensuring persons are being protected and know the way to throw.”

Does Bend desire a hatchet bar? In keeping with Heylin, sure. “I believe Bend’s no doubt lacking one thing like this. I imply, it suits the tradition so smartly. Beer, wine, meals and awl throwing. Particularly with the historical past up right here, with logging.” Sure, Bend loves beer and forthcoming threat. However how dangerous is the hatchet throwing industry, actually? Because it seems, the sport isn’t just about as unhealthy as it will appear to the green. “At different hatchet bars, extra staff get injured than consumers,” he defined. “Accidents generally happen when other people do such things as sharpen the hatchets with out protecting eyewear… stuff like that.” Nonetheless, insurance coverage will have to be during the roof, proper?


“I used to be doing an insurance coverage quote for a taproom that we have been perhaps going to open, and when the insurance coverage individual was once asking me questions, they requested if we have been going to have billiards. I stated, ‘If we do have billiards does the price of insurance coverage pass up?’ They usually stated, ‘Yeah,’ and I stated, ‘No however we’re gonna have hatchet throwing.’ They usually stated, ‘Smartly if it’s no longer excluded, it’s integrated.’ And that kinda stuck me off guard.”


Strangely, this rising fad has an attractive squeaky blank observe file so far as accidents and proceedings pass. In 2018, an axe-throwing bar in Michigan, Hub Stadium, briefly misplaced its liquor license. The bar misplaced its proper to serve booze for one complete day, after the landlord failed to say that consumers can be chucking guns at partitions when making use of for a license. As opposed to that, no longer a lot exists by means of violations or accidents.

One thing that units Unofficial Logging Co. aside are the paint-free objectives. As an alternative of paint, photographs shall be pyrographed at once onto the wooden. This will likely permit native companies (and locals themselves) to recycle splintered objectives for firewood. There shall be a complete of six lanes and 12 objectives, which is able to all wish to get replaced ceaselessly.


Unofficial Logging Co. shall be open to the general public, regardless that reservations come extremely really useful. 


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