Atlatls are the specialty of Occoquan Paleotechnics. They are the epitome of functional replicas, as they are all capable of throwing flexible spears(called darts) over 100 yards and over 80 miles per hour. Archaeology shows the atlatl to go back thousands of years, and to be the precursor to the bow and arrow in most parts of the world. The first known examples are found in the caves in Europe. In North America, they have a longer history than the bow. In fact, most projectile points that are commonly called arrowheads are actually atlatl points.
This replica shows what some of the world's first known spearthrowers looked like. The original from the rock shelter of La Mas d'Azil, France was made in reindeer antler over 12,000 years ago and depicts a fawn. It is thought that these antler and ivory atlatl spurs were connected to longer handles of wood. For more on this replica, see ATLATL DESIGNS.
Choice shrub woods are often used here, since a branch can be taken without harm to the tree, or changing the landscape in any way. Our farmed bamboo is also great for sustainability and conservation.
Mountain Laurel atlatl in natural form with grip carved into knot in limb
The "Original" 2,000 year old Frog Loops of Colima
Casts hafted on Rosewood atlatl
2,000 year old finger grip carved in Shell
The Pre-Columbian Style Atlatl
After examination of the original, this replica was made in the same Yukon Birch wood. Eskimos used this style to launch harpoons from sea kayaks. This example has had the spur slightly elevated to adapt to land throwing as well.
Atlatl dart in authentic materials $125
This 72 inch long atlatl dart is made in a seasoned River Cane sapling that has been straightened over the coals. It is made in all authentic materials for the American Archaic period of around 3 to 8,000 years ago. The spear/dart is fit with a classic Archaic notched point made in Obsidian volcanic glass. It is new and knapped traditionally. The point is set in a removeable Ash sapling foreshaft, so that the point can be interchanged or used like a knife. The fletching is genuine wild turkey which is lashed with real deer sinew and hide glue. The point is set with pine pitch and wood ash glue, and is also wrapped with sinew. The dart is fully functional, although it should be noted that stone points break on almost every throw. This piece was intended for archaeological display or demonstration. (see ITEMS FOR SALE)
Natural material atlatl darts are made here with seasoned river cane, ash, or viburnum shoots. They are fletched with wild turkey feathers, which was the classic choice for Native Americans. They are split by hand, set in with hide glue, and then wrapped with genuine deer or buffalo sinew.
Fletching of genuine Wild Turkey Feathers lashed with Deer Sinew
Foreshafted point interchangeable with main shaft
The Basic Atlatl Set $95 One Sport Thrower and 3 Take-Down Darts
Our basic atlatl and dart set consists of one modern style thrower and 3 wood practice take down darts. The darts of poplar wood are fit together with a brass sleeve, and tipped with 125 grain archery field tips. They are 6 feet long when put together, and very convenient for travel when taken apart. They were made to be a middleground of a short target and distance field throwing dart. The atlatl thrower is made in natural river cane bamboo, and fit with a molded handle for a no slip grip and a consistant dart holder. (see ITEMS FOR SALE)
The new Basic Atlatl set
Indian Knoll style bannerstone hafted as an atlatl weight. The stone is speckled granite and the wood is eastern Black Walnut
In the North American eastern archaeological record, there are several examples of antler handles, drilled stone, and antler spurs found in line in the ground with burials. One interpretation is that these are atlatls with weights called bannerstones. This example threw very well in short range trial tests, and made a very stable thrower.
Designer Rick Shepherd going everywhere with his take down darts
Several styles of atlatl throwers are offered on the follow page. next For a custom order or to ask about versions of anything shown on this site, email us at email@example.com