Queensland Woomera 1
Woomera, from Cape York, Queensland in northeastern Australia. This is an unusual style that it is very thin from side-to-side, but very high in the middle. This is typical of those from Cape York.
Wood, 24 1/2" x 3" x 5/16"
Dowel, 3/8" x 3"
Resin/Rock Hard Water Putty
This is can be trouble, so I've broken it down with illustrations.
- Shape the board. At 10" from the peg end it is 3" high, tapering to 3/4" at the peg end.
- On the handle end, it tapers to 5/8" about 2" from the end, then cut out a block slightly smaller than your clamshells/plastic. This gives the resin something to bind to.
- Round the edges and sand smooth.
- Thin the peg end to 1/8" wide.
- Cut a notch on the peg end 1/4" from the top. The notch should be 1/8" high and 1/4" deep (see picture below).
- Round off the top and bottom of the dowel.
- Starting 5/16" from the bottom, cut a groove 1/8" deep, 1/8" wide, and 3/4" high. This fits on the end of the board.
- Cut a notch in the peg to match the board, 1/8" high by 1/8" deep.
- 3/8" from the top of the dowel, cut a notch and round it off. This is the peg for the dart.
- Cut a piece of wood 3/8" x 3/8", 1/8" thick. This goes between the board and the peg.
- Glue and assemble the peg.
- Wrap it with artificial sinew.
- Put resin/putty over the wrappings. Go 3" up the board.
- Put resin/putty on the handle end going up 6 1/2".
- Put resin/putty on the handle block, going up about 1/4" on both sides.
- Use two clamshells or pieces of plastic approx. 3 1/4" x 2 1/4". Put them on the resin/putty on either side, making them even.
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