Long before the bow and arrow there was the atlatl and dart. This ancient weapon could throw a spear or dart far enough and with enough force to penetrate a mammoth’s hide. Native Americans used this hunting weapon for the last 10,000 years. Simply put, an atlatl is a spear-thrower and a dart is long spear. Atlatl artifacts have been found on almost every continent and were only overshadowed by the invention of the bow & arrow.
This one-day workshop will lead you through the steps in crafting an atlatl. Each participant will learn how to shape a wood stave to create the three main components: the hook, the grip, and the shaft. Along the way you will learn about its history and the different designs of this ancient weapon. before making your own atlatl and dart. Then, you’ll test your skill and craftsmanship is just-for-fun competition. Upon completion of your atlatl and darts, you’ll practice putting your finished product to work on targets in a large open field.
16 (with adult present) and up
Single W/Supply Fee