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Ash and Cherry logs at Thunderbird Atlatl

Where we get our wood from

A lot of people ask us where we get the wood that we use to make our atlatls and darts. Thunderbird Atlatl uses Ash and Cherry logs that we personally cut and mill from our family’s land in Upstate New York. We process it on our own lumber mill.

From Thunderbird Atlatl owner/founder Bob Berg:

“We harvested all these logs, destined to become atlatls and darts from family property in the Catskill Mountains. We saw them, following the natural grain of the wood to produce darts that are straight and true. Every part of the log is used. Some of the sawdust makes its way into our gardens after composting it for a couple of years after using it for bedding in our chicken coop. We use the bark for dressing around our blueberries. Many local horse farmers use the rest of the sawdust for bedding their horses. Boards that are not used for darts become atlatls or flooring.”

Ash and Cherry logs at Thunderbird Atlatl

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Speed & Penetration: Atlatl vs. Hand Thrown Dart

In this short video, Bob Berg shows why using an atlatl is an improvement over throwing spears with your bare hand. See the difference in speed and penetration!

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Throwing a flaming atlatl dart for Winter Solstice

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Every Winter Solstice, we have a tradition of throwing a flaming atlatl dart to start our campfire at our Winter Solstice Party. It’s a great way to ring in the Christmas season and the new year on the shortest day of the year.

Here’s a video this year’s flaming dart throw(s). Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl does the honors:

From all of us at Thunderbird Atlatl, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!