Anderson River Throwing-Board
This is an arctic Anderson River style throwing-board. The original was collected at the Anderson River, Alaska in 1866. The image is from "Throwing-Sticks In The National Museum" by Otis T. Mason, published by the Smithsonian Institute in 1890.
Here is the accompanying text:
Anderson River type. The specific marks are the extreme plainness of form, the lack of accomodations for the thumb and fingers, excepting the eccentric index-finger hole, the poor groove for the harpoon shaft, and the absence of a hook or spur at the bottom of this groove...In another specimen seen from the same locality the shaft groove is squared after the manner of the Cumberland Gulf type.
Wood, 17" x 1 1/2" x 3/4"
- Starting 6" from the handle end, slant it down to 3/4" wide at the peg end. Leave one edge straight.
- Cut the groove. Starting 3/4" from the peg end, cut a 3/8" wide groove. Make it 3/8" deep at the peg end, sloping up to 1/8" deep at the handle.
- Round off the ends and edges.
- Drill the fingerhole. Make it 3/4" for a small finger, 1" for a large finger, and slightly wider from side-to-side.
- Sand it all smooth.
Note: The original was a female atlatl (no peg). If you want to make it the authentic way, just leave out the peg.
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