Bristol Bay Throwing-Board
This is an arctic Bristol Bay style throwing-board. The original was collected in Kadiak, Alaska in 1884. The image is from "Throwing-Sticks In The National Museum" by Otis T. Mason, published by the Smithsonian Institute in 1890.
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Bristol Bay type. In no essential character do these sticks differ from those of Nunivak. The handle is smaller, and they appear to have been made with steel tools.
Wood, 19" x 2" x 3/4"
(2) 1/4" dowels, 1" long
1/4" dowel, 5/8" long
- 3 1/2" from the handle end, taper both sides down to 3/4" wide at the peg end.
- Shape the handle end.
- Thin the bottom of the handle from the thumb and finger grips to the end. The sides should be 1/2" high.
- At 1 3/4" and 2 3/4" from the handle, drill a 1/4" hole 3/8" deep.
- Cut the groove. Starting 1" from the peg end, cut a 3/8" wide groove. At the peg end, it should be 3/8" deep, slanting upwards to flush at 13 1/2" from the peg end.
- Drill a 1/4" hole in the groove end, as close to level as you can. It's not critical, though.
- Round off the botton of the peg end.
- Round off the ends and edges and sand it smooth.
- Round off one end of the 5/8" peg. Put glue in the hole, insert the flat end, and push it in firmly.
- Glue in the fingerpegs.
- Round out between the fingerpegs and sand smooth.
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