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World Atlatl Day, Saturday, June 1. Join us!

Thunderbird Atlatl will be celebrating World Atlatl Day here at our shop, 90 Main Street, Candor, NY, from 1 to 4 p.m.

World Atlatl Day (WAD) was initiated by Linda Brundage and the New York Atlatl Association in 2011. Due to its popularity, the WAA membership attending the 2012 Annual Meeting voted to officially recognize the first Saturday in June of each year as World Atlatl Day.

Stop by if you are in the area to participate! Questions, give us a call at 607-659-3854, 800-836-4520 or email us at

Bob Berg had a busy day at Primitive Pursuits in Ithaca. In the photo below, he is showing a family a flint tool that can be used to cut grass or other long fibered plants. The flint is held on by the natural glue Bob makes at the Thunderbird shop with pine pitch and other natural components.

Bob Berg shows a primitive flint tool to a family at Primitive Pursuits Day in Ithaca, New York
Bob Berg shows a primitive flint tool to a family at Primitive Pursuits Day in Ithaca, New York

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Download our new catalog as a PDF

Our new 2013 catalog is now available! Download a copy here:

Download 2013 Thunderbird Atlatl Catalog (PDF, 17mb)

This version is 17mb and full resolution. If you have a slow connection and would like to download a smaller version, you can download this 1.7mb version with lower quality images.


Thunderbird atlatls featured in Reality Rush’s Eviction: Celebrity Edition


Last weekend, Reality Rush put on a “Big Brother” themed competition featuring celebrities including pop star Lance Bass, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, actress Sara Paxton, baseball player Cutter Dykstra, actor Zach Cregger, and more — as well as Big Brother star/winner Dan Gheesling and his wife, Chelsea.

The event also featured several other Big Brother stars, including Mike “Boogie” Malin, Jeff Schroeder, Rachel Reilly & Brendon Villegas.

The twelve players competed through a three day game based on the CBS reality show “Big Brother.” According to the Reality Rush website: “It is a complete understatement to say this cast BROUGHT IT! It was our most competitive group of gamers to date that delivered a game packed with intense strategy, alliances and big moves.”

One of the “Power of Veto” challenges featured Thunderbird Atlatls! Here are some photos of the celebrities (including Lance Bass, Sara Paxton, Zach Cregger and Dan Gheesling) throwing our atlatls and darts.








The celebrities had a great time playing and competing with the atlatls. The ultimate winner of the atlatl challenge was Nick Todisco, who beat out Big Brother winner Dan Gheesling for the Power of Veto and managed to take him out of the game in the next round…so this was a crucial challenge in the competition!

For more information about this event, or Reality Rush, please see this blog post about the game: EVICTION: Celebrity Edition.

Archaeology Fest in Montauk, Long Island

Thunderbird Atlatl will be joining other primitive skills living history presenters in Montauk, NY, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Montauk Second House Museum.

It promises to be an interesting day at this historic location. Public invited. The program is a day long program on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Maine Primitive Gathering

Thunderbird Atlatl will be at the Maine Primitive Gathering in Wells, Maine this weekend. The program provides at weekend of camaraderie and primitive skills instruction. Check out the website at

Bob Berg and a host of other instructors will offer workshops throughout the weekend.