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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!

Planning Thunderbird Atlatl’s 2017 Schedule-Upcoming Florida Shows

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.