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Atlatl Caveman "Spear Throwing" Device
by craz meanman on April 27, 2008 Table of Contents intro: Atlatl Caveman "Spear Throwing" Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 1: Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 2: Grind them... ANNDD their gears! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 3: This step is called laziness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . step 4: The how to throw page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Related Instructables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advertisements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5

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Also. big looking caveman guy. broomstick. step 1: Materials You'll need your. Very very poor dart. Image Notes 1. I highly recommend that you get some doweling. http://www. but this is important. I am just using the dremel so that it doesn't take so long. since you probably don't have the best idea of what an atlatl is.. Waaayy easier with your dremel 5.com/id/Atlatl-Caveman-Spear-Throwing-Device/ . 6. sorry about the caps lock..instructables. 3. you can do this too. Image Notes 1.. You also won't have to use a broomstick to make the Atlatl. no not really 2. nothing more to be said. Ok so now you DON'T THROW THIS AT ANYONE. and dremel it to shape. 2. 4. NEEED these. here is a nice link to get you learned some stuff about the thing you are about to make.. probably need this. phwwwoooooshsh.intro: Atlatl Caveman "Spear Throwing" Device Ok. However you will be able to carve all of this on your own. you could go and cut your own branch if you wanted. dremel (NOT really) broomstick (NOT really) doweling/driveway markers (Really) duct tape/ feathers for fletching/ something to fletch it with (Really) The way I will be making the atlatl is to take an old broomstick. and I don't want anybody getting hurt. This guy seems to know what he is talking about in terms of Atlatls but he seems a little crazy. your doweling ought to be about the same size as a driveway marker and 5-6 feet long. a way to grind it to shape is required.

I used duct tape. dremel wrench 3. Image Notes 1. Image Notes 1... ever. little indent for the dart to go in. Why did they include that crap? 5. but i didn't. Image Notes 1. you should cut it around 2 feet long. Broomstick with the beginnings of some sanding. Handle 2. body. they're too short.. ANNDD their gears! So in this step you will be grinding the wood.instructables. but I just stuck with duct tape.. lol. and i would use something different. 2.com/id/Atlatl-Caveman-Spear-Throwing-Device/ .step 2: Grind them... NOT GOOD. not neccesary to have polishing stuff. to make it look like an atl atl. Oh and btw. But anyway. (don't do this in your room) 4. I just used what I had in the garage which was driveway markers.. 3. I maked mine this way. nothing much here. they aren't very flexible. if you wanted to you could use some hair from the broom that you just broke. I have no idea. Spur. step 3: This step is called laziness I call this step laziness. Stain on my mothers carpet.. and they can shatter on impact. because it is all about not going to the store and getting doweling. dremel bit kit. Other end of the broomstick 6. http://www.. just like half of a broomstick. this step is about adding fletching.

2. The picture below should show you how to hold it correctly. see i already maked and instructable! Image Notes 1. and I think atlatl bob has some too. Related Instructables Atl Atl (slideshow) by craz meanman How to MAKE a Geico Caveman Costume by BeerBellyJoe How to make a Cardboard Action Figure by Spycrab Walking: Stepby-Step by gizmomaster Biodegradable Pocket Sling (sling rocks over 100 feet) by Wafflicious Vinyl door curtain by pyromonkey Exponentiallymultiplying Plastic Bags? Here's a Solution! by greeenpro Mp3 Amplifier Output by Caveman477 http://www.instructables. (Achtung! he does swear in some of his videos). because I have yet to take a video of it. OH NOES! thats supposed to be holding the atlatl so that you don't throw it with the arrow. For now you will just have to experiment. Now this is difficult because you have to have proper form. released mid swing.com/id/Atlatl-Caveman-Spear-Throwing-Device/ . and im sure you should know when to release it.step 4: The how to throw page. Held with thumb and first finger. Youtube should have a couple good videos on it though. I promise to make a video if you will just bother me enough.

The hunchback says: I'm watching that show now. 8:13 PM REPLY tidlibitz says: May 17.. 2009. 2009. so you wouldn't need to hold it craz meanman says: very good idea! Jun 24. I don't doubt that more than one Spaniard was killed by an atlatl through the chest. and create a pointy projection on the thrower that fits in there. It's believed that the Mayans as well as the Aztecs not only used but were very proficient at using the Atlatl.instructables. 2009. 2009. http://en. but a chronicler of the De Soto expedition(in the Florida area if I'm correct) actually said that in an IndianSpaniard skirmish. 10:53 AM REPLY craz meanman says: a spear coulden't? Nov 19. 4:29 PM REPLY craz meanman says: Feb 19. make it so that there is a hollow bowl shape at the back of the dart. 2008. 2009.. 7:03 PM REPLY Maybe not all Atlatl bolts could pierce Armour. I would disagree..Advertisements Comments 50 comments Add Comment view all 64 comments Jun 24. I think this is a great weapon/tool equal(if not better) to that of the Bow and Arrow. they could've just gone for the face. 3:23 PM REPLY kola says: Jan 4. While most would argue that the Bow and Arrow is a superior tool. thapropguy says: Dont discount the hardness of some rocks! Greenstone. since they had probably been trained from birth. 2:59 AM REPLY aztec atlatls couldn't really penatrate spanish armour coz the arrowheads of their atlatl arrows were made of flint. The Atlatl is not only a great hunting tool but a weapon that the Spaniards feared greatly due to its power and(in the hands of trained warrior) accuracy. Wasagi says: Didn't the Aztecs use these? Oct 26. Wafflicious says: Ooh I saw something like that.com/id/Atlatl-Caveman-Spear-Throwing-Device/ . Great tool/weapon that I enjoy throwing/using.org/wiki/Woomera_(spear-thrower Tribeman says: May 8. Personally. i watched it this morning and was inspired to build my own Feb 18. Jan 18.wikipedia. 2008. 2009. Aklash. 2009. 2:29 PM REPLY here's a tip. 2009. an Atlatl bolt pierced straight through a Spaniard man wearing a coat of mail. 2009. 1:10 AM REPLY this is the first time i have heard about atlatl apart from Australian aboriginal woomera eg. I also saw mythbusters using boom sticks to blow holes in Spanish armor. 4:12 PM REPLY 15zhangfra says: you could also use paperclips to make a rest. has the durability of iron! Mar 22. Or again. don't make it like mine. a hard rock found in rivers. given the expertise of the warriors. 7:08 AM REPLY hyrulianshinobi333 says: the only aztec weapon that could kill through spanish armor Nov 19.ive seen a show about atlatls on discovery science wich proved this. 2008. 3:12 PM REPLY Wasagi says: But they could cause internal hemmoraging!! :D Jan 11. 4:35 PM REPLY Also. and given the thousands of years that they adapted it. 2009. 4:49 PM REPLY http://www.

9:23 AM REPLY craz meanman says: alright Nov 8. 10:02 PM REPLY http://www.. 2008. Nov 8. 9:22 AM REPLY craz meanman says: not sure.000 BC. the atlatl could get through spanish armor but it left a nasty dent but im not sure if that might have enough blunt force that the imact could still kill you though. they used it to take down large game (aka mammoths). 6.. 10:39 AM REPLY thapropguy says: Mar 22.. but. In fact.2. 2009. 2008. 6:39 PM REPLY cowscankill says: Archaic Indians that lived in America between I think. 1:03 PM REPLY craz meanman says: ohhhhhh. 2008.. Nov 21. 2008. according to atl atl bob they have been found on every continent so it doesn't seem unlikely at all. i know for certain youtube has a lot of good ones... i probably won't post a video. Jan 10. however. they all operated the same way. craz meanman says: Jan 13. A man showed us how far it could go with tat Jun 23. 3:14 PM REPLY mynameisjonas says: Jan 10. 2009. waffleman says: i saw this in a history book when i was in like 3rd grade once. So it wasn't just the Aztecs who used the atlatl. because the thing is at my cabin and im super busy until like the summer.000 . they pre-dated the bow and arrow for a few thousand years (up until about 10. who knows? even so... 2009.. well i never went further than those road stake darts. Oct 26.000 BC). Back then. Even the word "atlatl" comes from the language of the Aztecs! Wafflicious says: If your making the arrows by hand use a fire to straighten the arrow. The hunchback says: Jan 2..com/id/Atlatl-Caveman-Spear-Throwing-Device/ . 2009. a spear was like trying to do the same thing with a broom handle. 2009.hyrulianshinobi333 says: Nov 21. 2008. 2008.000 BC. 1:10 PM REPLY cowscankill says: Archaic Indians that lived in America between I think. even atlatl bolts usually couldn't pierce the plating. but the process would be like making an upscaled arrow. in the third grade. 4:22 PM REPLY no. albeit in different styles and shapes. 11:31 PM REPLY coolz says: once.000 .instructables. 6. why try to get throu the armor. there is a nice round soft target right above that. and you will be able to learn a lot about how to throw just by watching. the face. 4:30 PM REPLY Atlatl bob wasnt kidding around there. they killed by damaging internal organs.. Wasagi says: And internal Hemmoraging!!! :D Feb 19. 2008. adopt it for warfare and adjusted it for the hundreds of thousands of years that they were out of contact with the old world.2. not enough kinetic force Aklash. 3:53 PM REPLY uh. 7:10 AM REPLY Ive always wanted to build one of these! Post a video! and I would also like to see a full instructable about how to make the darts. 2009. They did.. Jan 18. 2009. Nov 8. Atlatls were found around the world. 9:09 AM REPLY yeah.

3:02 PM REPLY craz meanman says: no. it was pretty funny.instructables. You killed anybody yet? Apr 27.. 2008. 2008.. 8:24 AM REPLY craz meanman says: .April 27? thats cool.paper says: your commet was posted on my b-day!!!!!! Jun 17. 2008. 10:24 PM REPLY cowscankill says: And you weren't impressed?! Nov 8. 2:54 PM REPLY craz meanman says: but not really Jun 23. 9:13 PM REPLY theburn7 says: a dart and arrow all in one. 7:22 AM REPLY craz meanman says: didn't find it.Professor_Jake_Biggs says: Oooh. 9:13 PM REPLY Gjdj3 says: Jun 24. 2008.craz meanman says: and were u impressed? Jun 23.. 2008. craz meanman says: no. It was pretty good. when thrown properly id say it flys a good 100 yards. 2008. Atlatls rule. Did you ever see the Daily Show thing about the atlatl? It was really funny. Jun 12. Basically. nice Jun 21. 11:21 PM REPLY http://www. 10:19 PM REPLY coolz says: no. 2008. 2008.. 2008. 5:12 AM REPLY Oh well. 2008. 10:37 PM REPLY ooh i love atlatls! ive made a few. 2008... the Daily Show correspondent refused to pronounce Atlatl correctly and other stuff like that. 9:23 AM REPLY craz meanman says: yeah wtf Nov 8. but I'm looking it up now! Jun 12. Jun 23. Apr 27. Jun 18. 4:49 PM REPLY sgt. 2008. Gjdj3 says: Haha. 2008.. 10:03 AM REPLY Dr. it went half a mile Jun 23. ive found that the best dart for me is a 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 foot stick (rough cut square thing. its woodshop scrap) with an added metal tip. 10:38 AM REPLY Loveofchaos says: Jul 17. 2008. 2008.com/id/Atlatl-Caveman-Spear-Throwing-Device/ . I generally add fletching or at least a ribbon on the back. dont ask.

make sure that if you want to add that bit. amoments chisel work gave me the groove i was looking for. 5:05 PM REPLY craz meanman says: thats just fine.. 5:00 AM REPLY craz meanman says: Apr 28. 2008.instructables. 4:48 PM REPLY Go for it! i won't hold you back! you could make yours themed on surival. you label who made what... 2008. if that makes sense. so if you needed to build one of these (a much better survival choice than a bow and arrow) you could! or if you just wanted to add a segment to mine. ill prob ad a segment to your XD Apr 28. Apr 30. and i will add you as a collaborator. 2008. 1:37 PM REPLY I was thinking of adding a bit on how to make the spur of the atlatl a different way. 2008.. these things are tricky to learn to use properly.ker-boom101 says: OMg i was just going to make my first ible on the atlatl. ker-boom101 says: thanks but im kinda busy with some school stuff so i wont be able to do it until like next weekish?? sorry for the delay Apr 29. but instead of using a dowel as a thrower i used a y shaped branch Apr 27. 2008. 1:34 PM REPLY cool i will add you as a collaborater then. 6:39 PM REPLY finfan7 says: Apr 27. 2:04 PM REPLY craz meanman says: Apr 27.. and then you put like an indent in the back of your "dart" view all 64 comments http://www. ker-boom101 says: heheh i think i wil considering the fact i have a forest two houses down from me. say so. 7:26 PM REPLY made one of these once by just cutting out a section ouf of a 1x2. 2008.. i need to make a major revision to the instructable anyway. 2008.com/id/Atlatl-Caveman-Spear-Throwing-Device/ . 2008. craz meanman says: Apr 28.