This weekend we are at the 7th Annual Silver River Knap-In and Primitive Technology Show in Florida. The show runs all day on Saturday and Sunday (the 18th and 19th) at Silver Springs State Park. We’ll be hosting ISACs every day, and selling atlatls all weekend. Come see us if you are in the area!
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.
Thunderbird Atlatl will spend Thanksgiving weekend at the Paderbow 2016 in Paderborn, Germany. We look forward to meeting our German and European customers at the show. Please stop by our booth.
Here is the link to the Paderbow show
We have a smaller staff back at the shop preparing for holiday orders. We look forward to a busy few weeks when we return and will make sure everyone gets their Christmas presents in time.
People who are just discovering the atlatl are often surprised to learn there is a World Atlatl Association.
We highly recommend that anyone interested in the atlatl
join the WAA. With your membership, you receive support and ideas from atlatl enthusiasts throughout the year, a quarterly newsletters and much more. The WAA lists atlatl events happening throughout the year and keeps a current list of high scores in the International Standard Accuracy Competition or ISAC.
The WAA was formed in 1987 by a dedicated group of enthusiasts. For many years, the WAA was capably served by founding member Leni Clubb who served as the WAA secretary. We still treasure the handwritten notes we received from Leni in the late 80s and through much of the 90s. In 2011 Leni Clubb and Ron Laird were named as the Grandfather and Grandmother of the modern atlatl sport.
Check out this 1981 video by the 6th grade class being taught by Rod Laird in Saratoga, Wyoming. This video and the first atlatl contest for young people inspired the Colorado Archaeological Society to form the World Atlatl Association in 1987.
Think about joining the World Atlatl Association, it is well worth the membership fee.
Where is Thunderbird Atlatl this weekend? We are close to home near Corning, NY at the Falling Leaves Festival September 25 and September 26 (Friday and Saturday)- stop by if you are in the area (exit 42 off of I-86/17).
The Falling Leaves Festival, an interactive Pow Wow, is being held at Watson Homestead neat Painted Post, NY, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bill Crouse, Faith Keeper of the Cold Springs Longhouse of the Seneca Nation as MC. Allegheny River Dancers will lead exhibition and intertribal powwow dancing. Old Bridge Singers are the featured drum group. Grand Entry at 11am Friday and noon on Saturday. And, of course, Thunderbird Atlatl will be there! Stop by.