Augusta Tomahawks – Rich Baker – Master Throwing Weapon Instructor

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About Rich Baker

In 2009, while attending a winter camporee at a neighboring scout council camp, he stumbled upon the sport of axe throwing (way before it became a fad recently). Immediately he loved the sport. While talking with his father, he discovered that “axe throwing” was a sport that the Rendezvous actors enjoyed the events. He researched the internet and purchased his first hawk. He constructed a tripod target with a pine round and began throwing and has been hooked ever since. He is a recognized expert in the sport of tomahawk throwing in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA). Since 2010, Rich has taught safe throwing to well over 5,000 adults and youth with no incidents only a few splinters here and there from ages 5 to 95.

Rich’s certification as a Master Instructor was designated by the founder/director of the International and Tomahawk Hall of Fame (IKTHOF), Mike “Alamo” Bainton in 2015. Rich is a member in good standing of IKTHOF, member number 328, since fall of 2013. In 2013, he founded Augusta Tomahawks. Rich has been throwing tomahawks, professionally at various events over the years to include the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Annual Sports Convention in their Family Adventure program (2014 and 2015), at the Battle of Aiken civil war reenactment (since 2016) and Cowboy Days (since 2018). In spring of 2019, he was invited to demonstrate and instruct hawk throwing at the “Thunder over Evans” event celebrating Armed Forces Day. Over 500 participated in the hawk throwing that day with a repeat performance requested for 2021. August 2020, he will be teaching at Western SC Blue Way Outdoor Festival.

Rich has demonstrated and instructed a number of local scout leaders over the years for use of Tomahawks at various scout camporees. Augusta Tomahawks has donated and constructed the materials for a permanent tomahawk throwing ranges at the Battle of Aiken Site, Aiken, SC and at Knox Scout Reservation, Lincolnton, GA. He is a member of the Georgia Council Shooting Sports committee and He developed a training module to be used to teach future hawk masters in Georgia Carolina Council Scouting BSA in the safe sport of Hawk Throwing. Any scout leader who wishes a copy of the training syllabus, please email him at