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Off to a busy start for the new year!

Looking forward to 2023, the Thunderbird Atlatl staff is setting up our calendar and planning trips for the year! We already were able to travel to Ohio earlier this month for a project with Kent State University. We had a great time with Kent State students and staff with a research project involving stone and copper projectile hafted on atlatl darts.

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Stone Points on darts for testing
Copper Points on darts for testing
We appreciated the help of students using atlatls to cast many darts for research on what turned out to be a rather rainy day.

We will post links to the research results as papers and results are published.

Student volunteer casts dart while another volunteer records data under an umbrella
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Bob Berg casting atlatl dart with velocity being measured in background.

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.

Video: Atlatl Fishing for Sheepshead in Florida

We have just put up a new atlatl fishing video from this year’s trip to Florida. Bob takes his atlatl and harpoon out to the piers near Dunedin Causeway in Tampa Bay to fish for Sheepshead – a type of shellcracker fish that eats the barnacles that grow on the piers. Bob uses his new “Canoe-Maran” boat made with Expand-A-Craft pontoons that we purchased on this trip.

Thanks to our talented son, Peter Berg, for the amazing video work, and friends, James Mead and Charles Bracken, for all their help on the fishing expeditions.

We are looking forward to spring weather. It has been a long winter in New York even with a break for the Florida shows. It is a great time to start planning your atlatl adventures for the next few months. The best way is to check out the atlatl events on the World Atlatl Association page. You and anyone in your household can join the World Atlatl Association for $15 annually. It is easy to join by going to this link. We hope to see you at an atlatl event.

Thunderbird Atlatl in Florida

Thunderbird Atlatl will be escaping the Northeast cold for a couple of weeks and will be attending two knapins in Florida.

We will be at the Silver River Knap-In Saturday, Feb. 17 & Sunday, Feb. 18 at Silver Springs State Park in Silver Springs, Florida. There will be International Standard Accuracy Competitions on Friday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 17, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. For further information contact Silver Rivers Museum at Silver Springs State Park at (352) 236-5401. The museum is located at 1445 NE 58th Avenue · Ocala, Florida 34470. It is located within the Silver River State Park. The park is situated off Baseline Road (CR 35) and one mile south of SR 40.
1445 NE 58th Avenue · Ocala, Florida 34470
www.silverrivermuseum.com

The following weekend we will be attending and demonstrating at the 11th Annual Ochlockonee River State Park Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival. The event will be Friday, February, 23rd; Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th. There will be ISACs at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Ochlockonee River State Park is located four miles southwest of Sopchoppy off of US Highway 319, 429 State Park Road, Sopchoppy, Florida 32358. For further information contact Kristin Ebersol, park manager, at 850-962-2771 or email: Kristin.Ebersol@dep.state.fl.us

Join Thunderbird Atlatl at the Candor Fall Festival

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!

Doug Bassett, Sue Mercer and Marlin Bassett at a Candor Fall Festival event in 2013.
Doug Bassett, Sue Mercer and Marlin Bassett at a Candor Fall Festival event in 2013.