Spear Thrower Follow Up

 

A quick follow-up on yesterday’s post in the wee hours of the morning.

Hook engaged.

Hook engaged.

Based on a question that came in yesterday it seems appropriate to show the thrower in use.  This is my favorite dart but I’m a little embarrassed by the sloppy fletching.  The base (proximal end) of the dart is carved out in a shallow cone and reinforced with some very fine hemp, coated in hide glue.  The indent should not be too deep or the hook only catches the rim and will break off bits when thrown.  It should “bottom out” for best contact.

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Hook detail.

The hook is pulled out here to show length.  I find that if the hole and pin are too deep, the release is not smooth as it binds up during the throw.

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Hole oblique.

Nothing magic, just a technology we all knew back in our family past.  I should say that there are three primary types if connection for spear throwers; this on just seems the most popular.  I hope to address the others sometime down the road.

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly
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3 Responses to Spear Thrower Follow Up

  1. Jim says:

    Like it….and you have a LONG way to fall before you get to even mention sloppy fletching, for I AM KING of that particular realm. Know your place, peasant.

  2. trowelgal says:

    Your plumage is purrrfect!

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