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New year! Starting off in our new shop!

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.

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 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.

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!)