This atlatl spear thrower is an example of the most classic American model, the southwest Basketmaker. Throughout the history of the American southwest, this atlatl is shown in the rock art and in the archaeological record. Many examples are found intact in dry caves, and it is considered to be a model unique to the Americas. Our model is based on the average measurements of these archaeological examples(around 23 inches), with the classic materials of Cherry wood and buckskin. The spur on this model is considered to be the easiest to "load" by most modern atlatl sportsmen, and many are using this style in competition today. It is easy to hold using both the traditional "split finger" grip and the "hammer grip" with the soft buckskin finger loops. The loops allow both left and right handed throwers.