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Pennsic War 47- Atlatl Battles, Classes Aug. 3 to 10

Thunderbird atlatl will be at the Pennsic War through August 10. Stop by and visit us if you are attending. Three atlatl battles are planned on Saturday, Monday and Thursday.

There will atlatl making classes and plenty of time to try the atlatl on the range. Stop by our new location Site 101 on the Street of Gold. We have moved across the street and up a little from our old location.

Atlatl Workshop in Vermont

Thunderbird Atlatl will be back in Vermont September for an atlatl and dart making workshop at the Chimney Point Historic Site in Addison, Vt. The workshop will be Friday, September 22, from noon to 5 p.m. On Saturday, the 22nd annual Norteastern Open Atlatl Championship will be held. To register for the workshop or to be involved in the competition, please call the museum at 802-759-2412 for information.

Atlatl and dart workshop at Chimney Point Historic Site. Make your own atlatl and dart on Friday and then compete on Saturday in the competition.
Workshop Participants try their newly made atlatls and darts

How to set up a One Tarp Tent (with a door and a floor)

And now for something completely different!

Bob Berg​ demonstrates how to make a simple tent (with a door and a floor) with just one tarp, one piece of rope, one pole, and four stakes. Total cost: About $15. Total time: 5-10 minutes. Save time and money the next time you go camping!

Materials needed:
-Tarp (12’x16′)
-10′ Rope
-8′ Pole
-4+ Stakes
-Hammer or a rock to pound in the stakes

*NOTE: The tarp’s dimensions must be a ratio of 4:3. If you would like to build a bigger or smaller tent, just scale all the dimensions appropriately. (eg: 15′ x 20′ tarp, with a 10′ pole and a 12-15′ rope).*

Atlatl Weights as a Counter Balance (Video)

What’s the purpose of an atlatl weight? Here’s a video of Bob Berg discussing his theory on why atlatl weights (boat stones) are a counterbalance for heavy darts. Bob doesn’t believe that weights are for adding more “power” or “speed” to your atlatl throw, as many have theorized, but actually to make holding a loaded dart more comfortable and balanced while hunting. Bob also explains why bannerstones are not atlatl weights.

Candor Chamber of Commerce Showcase

Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the Candor Chamber of Commerce’s Community Showcase, Saturday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please stop by at this annual event if you are in the area.

Meanwhile, Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl, will be working with local Boy Scout Troop 38 at their March campout at Camp Tuscarora near Windsor, NY. Happy Spring!