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November 2000 News

Thunderbird Atlatl News

We are now manufacturing barrel tapered darts, as well as our new round darts. Extensive testing of the new darts has proven them to be excellent. (They look good too!)

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We are now planning our 2001 calendar of atlatl and flintknapping events, which we will publish here on this web site early in January. I encourage anyone having an event to let me know about it. The atlatl events will also be listed with the World Atlatl Association web page.

Pre-printed ISAC targets are available in our catalog at $26.95 including postage. They will save you time and are very accurate. They are printed black on a white background, so they are easy to see.

Because of postal regulations we have to change our mailing policy. The 4″ pvc tube and end caps cost $7.00 and the postage costs $13 or more depending on the weight of the package and where it is going. We were unaware of the charge for longer packages (and so was the local Post Office) so anyone who received shipments of atlatls prior to November got a good deal on postage. We are sorry for the extra cost, but we have no choice in this matter.

Women’s ISAC Record Broken

Another record was broken at the Icicle Atlatl Contest in Nichols, New York on November 4th, 2000. Missy Dildine shot an 81x, which may be the best woman’s score yet, unless someone tops it before the season ends. Two years ago Gary Fogelman shot the men’s highest score at the Icicle. Next year’s Icicle will be held on November 3rd and 4th, 2001. I hope you can make it to see some more records broken.Next year’s event has been lengthened to two days by request of the sponsor (Tioga Park). We will also have a primitive clothing fashion show.

Most Elaborate Atlatl Ever

JJ (a.k.a. John Jeffers) has completed the most intricately designed atlatl ever seen by modern man! JJ spent the last 4 months inlaying an atlatl with ivory, gold, platinum, iron meteorite, copper, bone, mammoth ivory, buffalo horn, dinosaur bone, precious stones and other interesting and colorful materials. The shaft was made from white oak that was carbon dated to 1500 years before present. Counting the 200+ years it grew this wood was alive during the time of the Roman empire. I hope to have a series of photographs up on my web site soon.

Faster Response Time

We now have a quicker response time for most items that you order from us. We moved the shop to a new location which is larger and more convenient. We also have some new equipment that has speeded things up. And finaly it is up and running. Our apolligies to those of you who suffered long waits for your orders in the past.

Soon (January 2001) we will have the ability to make tapered darts which are superior to the straight ones because they are balanced with the weight forward and the flex in the rear for a more stable shot. These will be the highest quality wooden darts that you can get, perhaps even rivaling cane.

Aztec Atlatl Battle Instructions Released

I have added the instructions for a field atlatl game that I came up with called ‘Aztec Atlatl Battle’. Although it is copyrighted, I encourage everyone to make copies of it and play the game. Because it is a new game, I am still looking for improvements. If you have any ideas on how to increase the safety, ease of play, fun or fairness of the game, please contact me! I would also enjoy reading reports of any games played, if you feel like telling me. Enjoy exploring our website!

Redesign and Server Switch

We successfully switched servers, and completely revamped the website’s layout and design. It has been fully tested for Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer, and the website displays beautifully on each. The catalog has not been reformatted yet, but will be soon, and the guestbook’s script will be written and incorporated in the very near future. Enjoy the new look!

Major Website Updates

This website’s layout has been completely revamped, and also, the server that this site has been hosted on will soon be changed. We are working hard to add new content. The catalog has had many new items added to it also. Thanks for visiting!

July 4th Atlatl Competition
Find out what happened at the Independence Day throw in Candor, New York! The world’s top atlatlists including former world champions Ray Strischeck, Terry Keefer, Doug Majorsky, Gary Fogleman, and Pascal Chauvaux – who flew in from Belgium – were all present at this contest, and some new records were set!