Daryl's Kuikuru (Amazonian) Atlatl
I made this after seeing a picture of it on the internet and figuring out the dimensions on my own.
Since then, I've found other plans for it and am amazed at how close I came.
Wood, 24" x 2 1/2" x 3/4"
3/8" dowel, 2 1/2" long
Sinew or Cordage
- Cut out the basic shape. You can taper the back of the shaft as well, if you want.
- Drill a 1" fingerhole in the center as shown.
- Round off all the edges and sand.
- Cut one end of the dowel at a 60 degree angle, then round/taper the other end.
- Glue and wrap the peg. Let it dry for a few hours before using.
More information can be found on Chris Oberg's website, and a desciption of a contest with this type of atlatl can be found in the University of Vermont's Summer 2004 newsletter (also reprinted here on my site with the author's permission, in case the original gets moved and lost).
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