Atlatl Demonstrations at the Tioga Center Pumpkin Festival; Great Time in Vermont

Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the 4th Annual Pumpkin Festival Saturday, September 26, at Ransom Park in Tioga Center, NY. We will be demonstrating the atlatl throughout the day long program.

Once again, the annual Chimney Point Atlatl Contest and Workshop was a well attended program. The weather was fantastic and lots of people had an opportunity to try the atlatl and participate in contests. John and Bette Morris and Greg Maurer offered a special opportunity on Sunday for people to try the atlatl. The festivities surrounding the 400th anniversary of the discovery of Lake Champlain by Samuel De Champlain added to the festivities.

Here’s where Thunderbird Atlatl will be in the upcoming weeks:

Oct. 3-4

New England Atlatl Day
Hammonasset Festival, Hammonasset Beach State Park , Madison, Connecticut
ISAC and Local Competitions co-sponsored by the Friends of Hammonasset and the CT State Museum of Natural History / CT Archaeology Center.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 4:00.
Camping available.
For more information contact Gary Nolf

Oct. 3 to 4

Maine Primitive Gathering Workshop Schedule

Friday Oct 2
12noon Opening Circle
1-4pm Afternoon Instruction Block
Introduction to Basic Blacksmithing- Will Sampson
Gourdcraft- Jeff Gottlieb
Inuit Strap Drill- Al Cornell
4-6pm Archery Tournament
6pm Dinner Block

Saturday Oct 3
7:30am Instructor & Volunteer Meeting
8:30am Morning Announcements
9-12 Morning Instruction Block
Language of the Birds- Dan Gardoqui (White Pine Programs)
Hide in a Day: Wet Scrap Method- Kfir Mendel (Two Wolves)
Primitive Knife Making- Adriaan Gerber
Campfire Cooking for Kids- Rudy Bourget
Atlatl Theory and Use- Bob Berg (Thunderbird Atlatl)
Lacto-Fermentation- Candi Huber
12noon Lunch Block
1-4pm Afternoon Instruction Block
Hide in a Day: continued- Kfir Mendel (Two Wolves)
Aleutian Style Kayak Paddle- Andy Dobos (Three Red Trees)
One Piece Knife Sheath- Robin Sampson
Wild Basketry- Jeff Gottlieb
Making Simple Clay Smoking Pipes- Charlie Paquin
Wild Edible Walk- Frank Pfisterer
4-6pm Trade Blanket (bring stuff to trade)- Jeff Gottlieb
6pm Primitive Potluck- everyone bring a healthy dish to share
7pm Music with Anya Rose (bring your instruments)

Sunday Oct 4
8:30am Morning Announcements
9-12 Morning Instruction Block
Language of the Birds- Dan Gardoqui (White Pine Programs)
Drilling Slate Pendants- Jeff Gottlieb
A Shower of Sparks- Rudy Bourget
Intro to Permaculture- Jesse Watson
Cordage: principles & techniques- Bob Berg (Thunderbird Atlatl)
12noon Lunch Block
1-4pm Afternoon Instruction Block
Primitive Trapping- Dany Hamel & Chris Sommers
Lost Proofing- Rudy Bourget
Fire Saw- Al Cornell
Permaculture Patterns- Jesse Watson
Useful Stone Tools: flakes & unifaces- Charlie Paquin
4pm Closing Circle

Oct. 10-11

Annual Candor Fall Festival Atlatl Contests and Demonstrations
at Side Hill Acres Goat Farm, Route 96, Candor, New York
Saturday, Oct. 10 and Sunday, Oct. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 both days.
ISAC, IAC and local contests and demonstrations.
For further information contact Bob or Cheryll Berg at 1-800-836-4520 or

Oct. 17 to 18

Present the:

A Family Friendly Primitive Skills Event”

Saturday October 17th – Sunday October 18th, 2009

Saturday – Tapley Memorial Hall – 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Free Admission!
Workshops for all ages and skill levels by: Bob Berg-Thunderbird Atlatl, “Trapper John” Enos, Jeff Gottlieb, and guests from the Maine Primitive School. Workshop materials fee will be paid directly to workshop instructors.
Talks by: Maine Primitive School staff, and Glenn Mairo

Sunday – Endicott Park Activity Field – 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Free Admission!
Atlatl throwing for all ages on well-regulated, safe target ranges. Vendors include: Thunderbird Atlatl, Richard Parker Lithic Tools, “Trapper John” Enos, and Jeff Gottlieb.

Contact: Glenn Mairo

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