Finished Atlatl (a.k.a. spearthrower)

My new Basketmaker-style atlatl.  I used it without a weight for a few weeks and it was adequate but the addition of this small weight seems to make a real difference in power, especially with a larger dart.

The weight is a hard argilite from Arizona.  Attached with pine-pitch glue and lashed with sinew coated in hide glue.  The wood is Osage orange and finger loops are brain-tanned leather over rawhide.

The photos aren’t the greatest in the dawn light.

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