December 3, 2008

Atlatl


Greetings to my faithful followers!

I am back, and I have posts!

This project is, as mentioned in the previous post, a school project for my archeology class. An atlatl is an ancient spearthrowing device found in all parts of the world, especially Mesoamerica (where the name comes from). More information can be found here.

I made the atlatl itself (the thrower) first out of dry wood, found it to be too short and too rigid, and made a new one out of green wood.















New atlatl:





The darts are made from bamboo, fletched with duck feathers and hemp twine.






I also made a video to demonstrate the mechanics of throwing and the flight of the dart.



Till next project,