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.
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!
-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).*
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.
The holidays were very busy at the Thunderbird Atlatl shop and January was also a little crazy. We dealt with some equipment issues and we are now back in full production.
We are working on a new catalog and will have that available by April. Meanwhile, we are looking at the 2017 schedule and will be posting that in the next few days.
Next week, we will be traveling to Florida for two programs at Silver Springs State Park in Silver Springs, Florida, the weekend of February 17 to 19 The following weekend, Februar 24, 25 and 26 we will be at Ochlockonee River State Park in Sopchoppy, Florida. There will be ISACs at both events, please check the World Atlatl Association event calendar for days and times.