What’s the purpose of an atlatl weight? Here’s a video of Bob Berg discussing his theory on why atlatl weights (boat stones) are a counterbalance for heavy darts. Bob doesn’t believe that weights are for adding more “power” or “speed” to your atlatl throw, as many have theorized, but actually to make holding a loaded dart more comfortable and balanced while hunting. Bob also explains why bannerstones are not atlatl weights.
This weekend we are at the 7th Annual Silver River Knap-In and Primitive Technology Show in Florida. The show runs all day on Saturday and Sunday (the 18th and 19th) at Silver Springs State Park. We’ll be hosting ISACs every day, and selling atlatls all weekend. Come see us if you are in the area!
It has been a whirlwind weeks of travel for the Thunderbird Atlatl crew since July but this Saturday we end our 2015 travels with the Candor Fall Festival. Thunderbird Atlatl will be at Side Hill Acres Goat Farm on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with atlatl demonstrations and competitions. Please stop by and visit!
There will be lots of events throughout the Candor area including a woodcarvers show, a quilt show, bake sales, book sales, yard and garage sales, dinners, family friendly events and much more. Our location at Side Hill Acres also has a lot of activity including goat farm tours, wine tasting, goat cheese, many other vendors and food. Enjoy!
Where is Thunderbird Atlatl this weekend? We are close to home near Corning, NY at the Falling Leaves Festival September 25 and September 26 (Friday and Saturday)- stop by if you are in the area (exit 42 off of I-86/17).
The Falling Leaves Festival, an interactive Pow Wow, is being held at Watson Homestead neat Painted Post, NY, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bill Crouse, Faith Keeper of the Cold Springs Longhouse of the Seneca Nation as MC. Allegheny River Dancers will lead exhibition and intertribal powwow dancing. Old Bridge Singers are the featured drum group. Grand Entry at 11am Friday and noon on Saturday. And, of course, Thunderbird Atlatl will be there! Stop by.
Atlatl hunting is featured in this Playboy Magazine video story. The video features a lot of our atlatl friends. Author Dennis Nishi did a great job on the story.
Look for Brian and Dawn Wagner of Missouri in the beginning of the video. Brian has successfully taken deer with the atlatl. Dawn is working very diligently on getting a deer with the atlatl. We predict that will happen in the fall of 2015.
The video also shows Professor John Whittaker of Grinnell College, Ron Mertz , members of the Missouri Atlatl Association, and World Atlatl Association. If you check out Brian Wagner’s tshirt during the video it is one of David Carrigan’s popular atlatl tshirts. Dave is currently working on a new atlatl design. Some of Thunderbird Atlatl’s hunting darts were in the video. Check out the video and enjoy.
Some of hunting and fishing photos from past years.