Modified Aleut Style
Based on Aleut/Kuikuru Designs
This started out as an Aleut style atlatl. I loved the grip but hated the rest, so I changed it until I liked the results.
Later I found out it's almost identical to a Kuikuru (Amazonian) design.
Wood, 21" long, 2" wide, 3/4" thick
Dowel, 3/8" x 2"
- Cut out the basic shape.
- About 1" from the tip, drill a 3/8" hole at about a 30 degree angle. Be careful not to drill all the way through.
- Drill a 1" hole for the index finger, slanted slightly from front to back. For a left-handed atlatl, drill the finger hole on the other side of the centerline. It matters.
- Round off all edges and sand smooth.
- Grip the atlatl. If it isn't comfortable for your thumb or fingers, just carve it down until it feels good.
- Round/taper one end of the dowel. Put some glue in the hole, then put the flat end of the dowel in. Push it in firmly and let dry.
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