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Thunderbird Atlatl at Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries Park Labor Day Weekend Sept. 2 to 4

Come out and join Thunderbird Atlatl at the annual Flint Ridge Knapin Labor Day Weekend, September 2 to September 4 at Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries in Brownsville, Ohio.

Come join us and enjoy the show. You can check out the links to the knapin on Facebook and on the museum’s web page.

Stone Tool Show August 26 to 28

Come out and join Thunderbird Atlatl at the 32nd annual Stone Tool Craftsman show at Letchworth State Park near Mt. Morris, NY August 26 to August 28.

The event will feature Dr. Michael Stafford. His ability to recreate various types of Scandinavian stone daggers is most impressive. He is a master flintknapper of the highest order. Mike will be giving a presentation on Saturday evening at 7 PM that you won’t want to miss!

There will be many vendors and lots of atlatl events! We look forward to seeing you there.Atlatlists at Letchworth!

Atlatlists at a previous Stone Tool Show. Come join us!

Labor Day weekend, Thunderbird Atlatl will be at Flint Ridge State Park in Brownsville, Ohio.

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.

Busy Shipping Holiday Atlatl Orders!

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 contact@thunderbirdatlatl.com

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.

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.