Southern Eyre Peninsula Woomera
From the description when I bought it:
"Hardwood woomera spearthrower with a bone barb made by an old Aboriginal man near Port Lincoln South Australia about 20 - 25 years ago. This is the type made by the Aboriginal groups of the southern Eyre peninsula by aboriginals there prior to European settlement. The Aboriginal people of this area were, in many cases, harshly dealt with by the settlers and very few early artefacts survive."
Hardwood, 25" x 1 1/2" x 5/8"
5/16" dowel, 1 1/2" long
- The "knob" on the handle end goes in for about 1 3/4", then narrows to 1 1/4".
- From there until 1 1/2" from the peg end, it tapers down to 3/4" high.
- On the peg end, trim it down to 1 1/8" high, then round off the end and cut down a notch for the peg.
- Shape the peg end. Starting about 2" from the end, it thins down to almost a point at the very end. On top, shape it into a ridge that runs all along the top of the "head".
- Drill a 5/16" hole about 1/2" into the head, following the notch you cut out. This will support the peg and keep it from breaking.
- Round off all the edges and sand it smooth.
- Round off one end of the dowel peg. Glue the flat end of the peg into the hole, push it in as far as you can, and let dry.
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