Atlatls Great Outdoor Individual or Small Group Activity

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.

No doubt- atlatls offer a great sport for social distancing and small groups. Stay safe and well.

Check out this depiction from the Aztec Codex Nuttal. Looks like these folks are observing social distancing.

Stay Well! Free Shipping Extended Through April 30!

We have extended our STAYWELL free shipping offer through April 30 as many states extend their recommendations to stay home. If you are staying home from work, or you have young or college-aged kids students staying home, it’s a great time to get your atlatl and dart set or get an atlatl/dart kit set! Thunderbird Atlatl will continue offering free shipping on orders of $100 or more until April 30 using the coupon code STAYWELL.

Atlatls are a great solo sport that you can practice in your back yard. It’s a great time to get more proficient as the weather warms up as we all have more time or need stay at home activities.

Just use the coupon code STAYWELL in the coupon portion of the shopping cart. Stay Well everyone.

#SocialDistancing #StayHomeSaveLives

Leap into Spring! Build Your Own Atlatl & Darts!

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.

Come to Sopchoppy, Florida! Visit Ochlockonee State Park.

Visit Thunderbird Atlatl at Ochlockonee State Park Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, at the 13th Annual Primitive Arts Festival

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 in Florida

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

Next weekend we will be in Sopchoppy, Florida at the Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festivalthe Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival at Ochlocknee State Park in Sopchoppy, Florida. The event will be February 21 to 23.
Ochlocknee River 2020

Come Visit Thunderbird Atlatl in Spencer, NY

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 & Dart Kit Building- great winter time activity

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 contact@thunderbirdatlatl.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.

Still time to order for Christmas delivery! Gift Certificates also available!

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.

The post office says the last day to ship priority mail for delivery by Christmas is Saturday, December 21. If you want to guarantee delivery, we can ship via Priority Mail Express. There is an extra charge but delivery is guaranteed.

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.

Making an atlatl kit or fletching a dart from a dart kit is a great way to spend your winter hours. This photo is from the Aleut Community in Alaska. We are glad they enjoyed using our atlatl and darts. More photos at the end of this article.

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 contact@thunderbirdatlatl.com and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Aleut Community in Alaska sent these photos using Thunderbird Atlatls and darts.

Order Early to Insure Delivery!

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.

This picture was taken a few years ago but Tina is still one of our most loyal workers! She makes sure she helps with deliveries to the post office every day. During the Christmas season, she gets to dress up (if we can find her hat this year!)

Thunderbird Atlatl Designs

Thunderbird Atlatl has a variety of atlatl designs. Bob Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl has been designing atlatls for over 30 years.

Some of our designs are interpretations of ancient designs and many are designs inspired by years of using the atlatl for sport, hunting, fishing and recreation.

All of our designs are copyrighted and the names are unique to our atlatls. Many of our designs have kits if you wish to make your own atlatl.