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To Weight or Not! Should You Use an Atlatl Weight?

We are often asked if someone needs an atlatl weight on their newly purchased atlatl. We usually suggest is that you try the atlatl first without the weight and see how it works for you. Wondering if you need a weight? Try attaching a small stone on the atlatl shaft and see if it makes a difference for you!

Weights add balance and stability to an atlatl system. They improve accuracy for many atlatlists and make it easier to hold the atlatl steady while aiming at the target. One reason it helps is to steady the atlatl is that it balances the weight of the dart. It also adds inertia to the system, which tends to minimize shaking and wiggling caused by the atlatlist’s body functions such as heartbeat and respiration etc. Depending on the placement of the weight on the shaft of the atlatl, there is also more or less of a “pendulum effect” which helps to stabilize the swinging atlatl during the shot. Placing the weight closer to the hook end of the atlatl produces more of the effect at the expense of some of the speed or energy of the shot.

Placing the weight closer to the handle is a good compromise between not having a weight and having it out at the distal end. Besides that, atlatl weights look really great on your atlatl! (not to mention the Oooga Booga affect, which if you belong to the Secret Ear-o-Corn you understand without further explanation.)

We have a nice selection of atlatl weights in stock. If you think you would like to try a weight, we have a variety of weights available ranging from $5 to $20 on up to semi precious polished stones. Others can be custom-made for you. Prices for atlatl weights are made of so many different materials, from common to precious, that prices vary greatly. If you would like more information about atlatl weights, give us a call at 800-836-4520 or 607-743-4379.

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Traditional Atlatls from Thunderbird Atlatl

Our traditional Hiawatha Atlatls are perfect for the person looking for an authentic looking atlatl. The Hiawatha Atlatl has a classic primitive design. In our web catalog, we show our painted version of the Hiawatha. We have several other choices. In the photo below are some of our Hiawathas with boat stone weights. We also have traditional Hiawathas without the weight and with or without the loop handle. Prices for Hiawathas range from $20 to $130.

The traditional atlatls below are $100 each. Our Hiawathas are available in Hickory, Ash or Osage Orange with a bone or antler tine, natural fiber or leather finger loops, rubbed oil finish and natural fiber lacing which holds the antler tine in place and provides added grip at the handle. Some of our pieces are slightly charred and oiled, which would have been a surface treatment well within the grasp of hunter gatherers.

Interested in one of our traditonal atlatls, give us a call at 800-836-4520 or email us at contact@thunderbirdatlatl.com You can also try to reach us on our cell phone at 607-743-4379.

Traditional Hiawatha Atlatls

Looking For A Great Group Activity – Thunderbird Atlatl Has Atlatls & Darts For Your Group!

Build your own atlatl set or purchase completed darts and atlatls from our ever expanding inventory, Thunderbird Atlatl makes it easy to outfit your group with darts and atlatls for hours of fun and competition at your location.

We offer discounts on bulk purchases of atlatls kits and darts kits. We also offer discounts to scouts, youth groups, educational groups on our finished atlatls and darts. We know atlatls and darts can offer a wonderful recreational opportunity for groups. Young people learn valuable safety and educational skills, along with the delight of learning to hit the target with an atlatl and hearing that satisfying “thwack” as the dart pierces the target,

We have found that the atlatl offers many outlets for group instructions. Some educators have been able to tie atlatls in with physics and mathematical lessons. Others teach history lessons with the atlatl. Still others are using our atlatl and dart systems for recreational and physical education classes, the opportunities are endless.

Our wooden Ash darts have proven endurance. They hold up through months and years of use. We guarantee you will be pleased with their performance. As always, we back our products 100 percent. Give us a call and we would be happy to work within your budget. We can be reached at 800-836-4520 or by email at contact@thunderbirdatlatl.com

Happy Atlatling!

In the photos below, atlatlists of all ages, abilities and sizes enjoy the atlatl range at the Chimney Point Historical Site in Vergennes, Vt. during the museum’s annual atlatl program in September 2009.

Participants remove darts from targets.Atlatlists of all ages and abilities enjoy the atlatl range at the Chimney Point Museum

Introducing the Canandaigua Atlatl!

We have had a new atlatl design out for a few months now and recently included it in our new paper catalog. We will be updating this website over the next few months and we will be including the Canandaigua Atlatl.

The Canandaigua is a new atlatl design created for those looking for a paddle grip atlatl.

The Canandaigua uses a paddle grip rather than a hammer grip. In a paddle grip, the wrist is rotated so the palm or the hand faces up in the launching position and faces down to the ground after follow through. This method of grip gives the shooter about three inches more leverage.

We decided to design the Canandaigua for our customers who prefer a paddle grip over other grips. Some say the paddle grip atlatl is less traumatic for people with tendonitis and problems in the elbow.

Canandaigua Atlatl

The price for the Canandaigua is $85. (with three six foot darts, $120; with seven six foot darts, $160; with three seven foot darts, $126; and with seven seven foot darts, $174).

You can order, ask questions or comment by calling us at 800-836-4520 or email us at contact@thunderbirdatlatl.com

Copper Points, Custom Atlatls

The Thunderbird Atlatl shop has been busy this spring creating and working on orders so everyone can get out and enjoy their new atlatl sets!
We are also working on developing a new catalog system but it will take time to set up all the categories and change some of the pictures. For example, the Hiawathas need to be updated to show our primitive designs and hemp cordage work. Here are examples of recent Hiawathas. These designs are $100 per atlatl:
Hiawatha Atlatls recently made in the Thunderbird Atlatl shop
Artisan Bob Berg has been working on recreating copper points. Here are some examples of his recent copper points. They are available for 3 for $20. These copper points look great on our new cane darts available for 3 for $100 with the copper points or $35 each. If you are interested in ordering specialty items or are having problems with the catalog, just give us a call at 800-836-4520 (607-659-3854) or try our cell at 607-743-4379. You can also email us at contact@thunderbirdatlatl.com

Copper Points created by Bob Berg