We made it through the holiday season and even managed to get most of our machinery moved to our new shop! We are excited about the efficiencies and space in the new shop. Plans are now to finish moving a few more machines and then get the old shop ready to be our new packing and fletching area. This has been an ongoing project the last few years but some projects just take time!
The new shop is located only a few hundred feet from the old shop so that has made the moving process not as challenging but still an issues of brute force and clever (!) staging to make production more efficient. We will keep you updated as we go forward.
Construction Photo of the new shop! We will add more updated photos soon!
Meanwhile, we need to update our online catalog and work on a new paper catalog. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done! We appreciate our customers’ support but you do keep us busy! We were able to get out a few more times this past year and hope we can do that again in 2022. We will see how the world moves with the everchanging pandemic. We all take two steps forward and then another one back. The good news is that atlatls are a perfect activity for outside and social distancing so we have kept busy with our mail order business.
December is hectic at the Thunderbird Atlatl shop! It is definitely our busiest time of year! We bring in extra help to make atlatls and darts to get them out the door to you.
We ship the majority of our packages via the US Post Office, utilizing priority mail service. Priority mail predicts mail delivery in two to five days but it is not guaranteed. The post office says the last date to mail priority is December 18 to receive your packages before Christmas. We can also utilize Priority Mail Express-guaranteed service and UPS if there are concerns about guaranteed delivery. These services do charge extra but guarantee delivery.
Please feel free to contact us before 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at 1-800-836-4520 if you have any questions or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Packages ready for delivery!
This holiday season we are missing our best canine helper, Tina. Tina was always ready to accompany our packages out the door to the post office. We cannot count how many trips Tina made to the post office over her 14 years but there were many. We post this picture in loving memory of our beloved helper and friend.
In this time of social distancing, small groups and less travel, atlatls do offer a wonderful opportunity to get outdoors without a lot of people.
While many of the atlatl meets have been cancelled this year at state parks or public places, a few have and continue to be held in backyards or private locations. Check out the World Atlatl Association Event Page to see the status of events. The Ohio Atlatl Association is still keeping its dates but has switched to private locations as public places grapple with summer of 2020 events.
Events are being held with awareness of small groups, social distancing and masks. If you are unable to get to a group, spend some time by yourself or with a family member practicing your skills. The WAA will try to keep everyone updated about events. Stay safe as our country wrestles with this pandemic.
It’s leap year and soon it will be spring! Take the extra day and the approach of spring to build your own atlatl and dart set. Thunderbird Atlatl has a variety of kits to choose from. In a few hours, you will have an atlatl and dart set made with your own hands. Check out our instructional videos on You Tube.
The photos from a workshop using Thunderbird Atlatl kits. The workshop took place at Mounds State Park in Anderson, Indiana. Interpretive Naturalist Kelley Morgan led the program. Thanks to Kelley for providing the photos.
There will be atlatl contests, flintknapping, demonstrations, lectures and more. International Standard Accuracy Contests (ISACS) are scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Mark Bracken of Pennsylvania practices for an atlatl contest at the 2015 Ochlockonee State Park Primitive Arts Festival. (Weather should be a little warmer this year!)
Thunderbird Atlatl will be at two Florida shows this month! This weekend we are at the Silver River Knapin at Silver River State Park in Silver Springs, Florida. Come visit us on Saturday, February 15, and Sunday, February 16. Check out the poster for the event: Silverriver poster 2020
Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the annual Spencer VanEtten Sportsman’s Day Show Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by and visit. The school is located at 16 Dartts Cross Rd, Spencer, NY 14883 #ThunderbirdAtlatl
Plans are to attend Florida shows in mid February- updates to follow.
Atlatl and dart building workshops are a great way to spend your winter hours! Thunderbird Atlatl offers several types of atlatl and dart kits in our online catalog.
With kits, you are able to save money and finish your own atlatl the way you want. You can put your own personal imprint or design on an atlatl you made. Fletching darts can be a little tricky but we offer videos on both finishing our atlatl kits and fletching
Kits can be purchased individually or if you have a group of five or more, we offer bulk rates for kits. Give us a call at 1-800-836-4520 or email us at email@example.com for more information.
In the pictures below, Interpretive Naturalist Kelley Morgan offers an atlatl & dart building workshop at Mounds State Park in Anderson, Indiana. Thank you Kelley for the pictures and for leading the workshops. More information about programs offered by the Indiana department of Natural Resources-Division of State Parks can be found on their webpage.
Our elves are busy at the Thunderbird Atlatl shop. We are working closely with delivery services to make sure orders go out in time for delivery by Christmas. We usually use priority mail because our post office is just down the street and delivery is pretty quick. We also can ship via UPS/Fed Ex/DHL if that works better for you.
Worried about delivery and not sure what to get for a gift, you can order a gift certificate. We can send the gift certificate in regular mail or deliver it via email. An atlatl kit also makes a nice gift and is a great holiday project.
Feel free to call us at 1-800-836-4520 or 607-659-3854 Leave a message if we don’t answer (we might be at the post office!) or try our cell phone number which is available on our answering machine. You can also send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
This time of the year is always one of the busiest at Thunderbird Atlatl. We are busy trying to keep up with Christmas orders and want to make sure everyone’s order arrives in time. We usually ship priority mail through the post office. We can also ship UPS and Fed Ex depending on oversize charges and requirements. Priority mail is usually two to three day delivery depending where you are located. Thunderbird Atlatl’s shop is located in upstate New York.
We recommend making sure your orders for Christmas are in by Friday, December 20th at the latest- earlier is better. We will send out our last priority mail packages on December 21st. We can still ship express mail which is guaranteed delivery with the last packages going out December 23rd.
We also offer gift certificates which you can order online. We can send them via email or through the post office.
Wishing all of our customers and friends, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Happy New Year.