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.