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Wooden darts were known at least since the Middle Paleolithic (Schöningen, Torralba, Clacton-on-Sea and Kalambo Falls). While the spearthrower is capable of casting a dart well over 100 meters, it is most accurately used at distances of 20 meters or less. Seven spears were found in the Schöningen 13 II-4 layer, dating from about 400,000 years ago and thought to represent activities of Homo heidelbergensis.
Results of 16th Annual Northeast Open Atlatl Championship in Vermont
Lori Majorsky of Pennsylvania is the grand champion 2011 Northeast Open Atlatl Championship Awards held at the Mount Independence Historic Site in Orwell, Vt. September 17. Congratulations.
Here are the results:
Men, 1st Andrew Majorsky; 2nd Gary Nolf; 3rd Ken Faucher
Women, 1st Lori Majorsky; 2nd Celine Rainville; 3rd Linda Nolf
Boys, 1st Jason Clark; 2nd and 3rd not awarded
Girls, no awards
Men, 1st Greg Maurer; 2nd Gary Nolf; 3rd Bob Berg
Women, 1st Lori Majorsky; 2nd Harmony Renninger; 3rd Linda Nolf
Boys, 1st Jeremiah Delorme; 2nd Jason Clark; 3rd not awarded
Girls, no awards
Gold, Andrew Majorsky
Silver, Greg Maurer
Bronze, Gary Nolf
Gold, Lori Majorsky
Silver, Celine Rainville
Bronze, Linda Nolf
To launch the arrow, the thrower uses a length of string that is longer than the length of the arrow itself. A knot is tied in one end of the string, and this is placed into the notch in the arrow shaft.
The rest of the string is then passed around the shaft once, and is made to align over and above the knot before being stretched down to the point end of the arrow.
The string is tightened, ensuring that the knotted end stays within the notch, and the surplus is wound around the thrower's throwing hand.
The throwing hand with the string wound around it should be near the point end of the arrow, with the thrower able to easily grip the end.
The arrow is then held behind the thrower, with the string taut. The throwing arm should be as fully extended as possible, enabling the arrow to be thrown like a javelin, but held much closer to the tip. Following through with the throwing hand allows the string to provide additional forward force on the arrow, extending the length and reach of the thrower's arm, in a fashion similar to a sling. A considerable distance can be achieved.
Originally posted by GrandpaDave
Making an Atlatl is as simple as it gets... one word of advice... never make your thrower longer then 14 inches...it will not add power... in fact all it will do if make your arm sore pretty quickly... the proper way to measure length of the thrower elbow to wrist...