Spear thrower, atlatl or woomera?

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Spear thrower, atlatl or woomera?

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:39 pm

They are all the same, a stick that elogates your arm and adds much more power and distance to a throw of a spear or dart. Plus they are great fun.
I'll post a pic or two when servimg stops playing silly buggers.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:38 pm

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This dart is a replica made for disply out of hazel, antler, a bone point and the fletching is lashed with sinue. The spear thrower is again made of hazel with a bone hook set in the end with sinue, the little Y shaped cradle is made of a piece of yew. I didn't want to chuck this dart around so I made one out of bamboo with a metal tip and fletched it with artificial sinue. I haven't a photo of that one but the tip was made similar to this one: http://www.primitiveways.com/field_points_for_atlatl.html

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:42 pm

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It was great fun hurling the dart as far as you could, best shot was around 50m! We didn't bother with a target.

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Post by the barnacle on Sun Sep 28, 2014 2:58 pm

That looks fun, i just wouldnt want to be on the recieving end.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:03 pm

Oof! That smarts a bit pig

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Post by the barnacle on Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:05 pm

we will have to rear some piglets in a wood Smile

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Post by grendel on Sun Sep 28, 2014 7:47 pm

Now you just have to go into production of these things and start selling them to Olympic javelin contestants.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Sep 28, 2014 10:17 pm

Rearing piglets? isn't that illegal?!
Yes, the javelin is rubbish. Just needs a stick with a hook and records would be broken...
Tried throwing the dart without assistance and it went about half the distance.

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Post by the barnacle on Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:54 am

mr.hertzian cone wrote:Rearing piglets? isn't that illegal?!
Yes, the javelin is rubbish. Just needs a stick with a hook and records would be broken...
Tried throwing the dart without assistance and it went about half the distance.
 
 Laughing Laughing Laughing  - your sharper than the spear - best chuckle i have had for a while

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:11 am

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A slightly out of focus pic of how the bone hook fits into a little divot in the back of spear.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:11 pm

" />Well eventually the bone tip got broken. So this was the flint replacement with a foreshaft of ash. The other one is another bamboo dart with a standard archery field point fitted.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:14 pm

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A close-up, the binding over the flint is of fine hemp string soaked in regular white wood glue.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:22 pm

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This is another one with a brass archery tip on a willow shoot. I wouldn't recommend willow as this one had a weak point just in front of the fletching which liked to bend every time it was thrown. The spear thrower in this picture was made of yew with jute binding for the handle and sinew wrap for the bone hook.

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Re: Spear thrower, atlatl or woomera?

Post by grendel on Sat Nov 07, 2015 1:02 am

Very nice, you may now qualify as the British champion at the atl atl.

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Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:49 pm

This has some interesting spear throwers and dart designs though its all a bit German: http://www.speerschleuder.de/Bauanleitung/Main7.html
You may have to translate...

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Post by the barnacle on Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:16 am

in later use a small lead weight was added towards the tip end.

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Post by grendel on Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:10 am

An interesting shapes spear I found while researching Aussie stone tools. Could be the most artistic spear I've seen.


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Re: Spear thrower, atlatl or woomera?

Post by mr.hertzian cone on Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:46 pm

Cool, I still wouldn't like to be on the receiving end though. It's quite short for an Aboriginal spear, maybe that is just the fore-shaft?

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