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Thunderbird Atlatl at Hammonasset Festival in Connecticut

Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the Hammonasset Festival in Connecticut this weekend on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30.

This year the festival takes places at the Guilford, Ct. Fairgrounds

There will be atlatl contests all day and a lot to see as the Festival features two days of celebration, education and entertainment honoring Native America and nature. This is the 8th Festival.

Atlatl Darts
Atlalists Prepare for Competition at a previous festival contest in Connecticut

Flint Ridge Knap In Labor Day Weekend 2018

Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the 2018 Flint Ridge Knap in at Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve, 7091 Brownsville, Road, Glenford, Ohio this weekend Sept. 1 & 2. Come Visit Us! Flint Ridge Knap-In

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).*