Category Archives: Our Products

Introducing the Canandaigua Atlatl!

We have had a new atlatl design out for a few months now and recently included it in our new paper catalog. We will be updating this website over the next few months and we will be including the Canandaigua Atlatl.

The Canandaigua is a new atlatl design created for those looking for a paddle grip atlatl.

The Canandaigua uses a paddle grip rather than a hammer grip. In a paddle grip, the wrist is rotated so the palm or the hand faces up in the launching position and faces down to the ground after follow through. This method of grip gives the shooter about three inches more leverage.

We decided to design the Canandaigua for our customers who prefer a paddle grip over other grips. Some say the paddle grip atlatl is less traumatic for people with tendonitis and problems in the elbow.

Canandaigua Atlatl

The price for the Canandaigua is $85. (with three six foot darts, $120; with seven six foot darts, $160; with three seven foot darts, $126; and with seven seven foot darts, $174).

You can order, ask questions or comment by calling us at 800-836-4520 or email us at

Copper Points, Custom Atlatls

The Thunderbird Atlatl shop has been busy this spring creating and working on orders so everyone can get out and enjoy their new atlatl sets!
We are also working on developing a new catalog system but it will take time to set up all the categories and change some of the pictures. For example, the Hiawathas need to be updated to show our primitive designs and hemp cordage work. Here are examples of recent Hiawathas. These designs are $100 per atlatl:
Hiawatha Atlatls recently made in the Thunderbird Atlatl shop
Artisan Bob Berg has been working on recreating copper points. Here are some examples of his recent copper points. They are available for 3 for $20. These copper points look great on our new cane darts available for 3 for $100 with the copper points or $35 each. If you are interested in ordering specialty items or are having problems with the catalog, just give us a call at 800-836-4520 (607-659-3854) or try our cell at 607-743-4379. You can also email us at

Copper Points created by Bob Berg

Introducing New Line of Cane Darts

We have just returned from trips south and will be debuting our new cane darts at the Florida shows. Along with our quality wooden darts, we will be offering cane darts in the next month or so.

We will have a good quantity of cane darts available at the two Florida shows we will be attending at the end of the month and into February. After we return from Florida, we will be bringing back the majority of the cane we recently havested for dart production.

Information about the upcoming Florida shows is as follows:
Gator-Knap ‘09 Prehistoric Technology Show

The second annual Gator-Knap ‘09 Prehistoric Technology Show will be held January 30 to February 1 at the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center State Park in White Springs, Florida.
Admission is $4 per vehicle.
The event will be an educational experience geared at bringing together professional and avocational archaeologists, and all those interested in prehistoric technologies. Demonstrations and classes in technologies such as flint knapping, ceramics, cordage, and carving of stone, shell, bone, and wood will be held at the scenic Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center along the banks of the Suwannee River. Come and teach, learn, or just crack some rock!
Featured Speakers:
Bob Berg
Owner and craftsman of Thunderbird Atlatl
The Resurgence of Atlatl Hunting and Fishing

James Dunbar
Senior Archaeologist, Division of Historical Resources, State of Florida
The Wakulla Springs Lodge Site: a Pre-Clovis Paleoindian Habitation or Temporal Tempest? Well how about both!

_ ISAC Atlatl competition.
_ Flint knapping competition.
_ Late night knapping sessions for campers.
_ Free dry camping with access to bathing/restroom facilities for registered knap-in vendors and participants (no reservations needed).

*Please, No Buying or Selling of Authentic Artifacts*

If you have any questions/concerns call Mitzi Nelson at (386) 397-7005, or email

If you plan on staying in our campground please make your reservation in advance by calling Reserve America at 1-800-326-3521. Regular camping fees will apply.

For more information about the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center State Park and directions see:


Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Ochlockonee River State Park is hosting the Second Annual Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival Friday, February 6 to Sunday, February 8. Visitors will experience ‘hands-on’ learning, as experts demonstrate techniques that were used thousands of years ago in day to day life. Visitors will also see projectile point fashioning, also known as flint-knapping, the art of chipping stone into tools, bow and arrow construction, basket weaving, early pottery methods and much more. According to archeological research, Ochlockonee River’s rich history of human interacting with nature goes back 12,000 years

A Walk Around Bob Berg’s Atlatl Shop

We stock many atlatls so we usually can ship your order within a day or two.

A Walk Around Bob Berg's Shop
Drawer full of Nanticoke atlatls. Three of the versions are shown here including the Simple Nanticoke which is made only from wood; the Nantocoke with Leather Loops, and the Original Nanticoke which has leather loops and is completely laced.

A Walk Around Bob Berg's Shop” Kanakadea Atlatls

A Walk Around Bob Berg's Shop
Kanakadea Kits; unfinished atlatls designed to be finished by our customers.

A Walk Around Bob Berg's Shop
Wyalusing and Wappasening Atlatls. These are our best selling high value atlatls.

A Walk Around Bob Berg's Shop
Fletching and atlatl accessories.

A Walk Around Bob Berg's Shop
Nanticoke Blanks; We make Nanticokes from many kinds of wood.

A Walk Around Bob Berg's Shop
This is our pattern rack.

A Walk Around Bob Berg's Shop
Bob’s Studio. This is bob’s favorite place to finish atlatls and darts. It also serves as a music room for local jams, painting studio and museum.