Spear Throwers

 

A gaggle of new spear throwers in the Upper Paleolithic tradition.  Not ivory, just oak.  I have needed a bunch to use as loaners at demonstrations and events.  Hopefully these will do the trick.

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.

Basketmaker Style Spearthrower

Finished a new atlatl this morning. Created from a scrap of Osage Orange wood. The style is a generalized Basketmaker but a bit heavier than some. It has no weight attached yet but I will probably make one just for the “tradition”. It throws well; even with my heavy Clovis-style darts.