Simple Atlatl

by Bob Gillis



To throw your dart using the atlatl, insert the hollowed out end of the dart (near the fletching) onto the tip of the atlatl. Hold the atlatl in the palm of your hand and the dart with your fingertips.


Three different styles of atlatls.


Both ends of the atlatl are made from a split willow. Note carved point that fits into the hollow end of the dart, on the above, left hand photo. The above, right hand photo is the handle in which the thumb and fingers are inserted into the leather loops.


Split feathers are lashed to one end of the dart. The two feathers are from the same wing of a bird. The end tip is hollowed out.


For more information on the atlatl, look at the Jiffy Fletching , Atlatl Flexibility Analysis via Computer Modeling, and Dick's Slide Show and Talk.



E-mail your comments to "Bob Gillis" at

PrimitiveWays Home Page

We hope the information on the PrimitiveWays website is both instructional and enjoyable. Understand that no warranty or guarantee is included. We expect adults to act responsibly and children to be supervised by a responsible adult. If you use the information on this site to create your own projects or if you try techniques described on PrimitiveWays, behave in accordance with applicable laws, and think about the sustainability of natural resources. Using tools or techniques described on PrimitiveWays can be dangerous with exposure to heavy, sharp or pointed objects, fire, stone tools and hazards present in outdoor settings. Without proper care and caution, or if done incorrectly, there is a risk of property damage, personal injury or even death. So, be advised: Anyone using any information provided on the PrimitiveWays website assumes responsibility for using proper care and caution to protect property, the life, health and safety of himself or herself and all others. He or she expressly assumes all risk of harm or damage to all persons or property proximately caused by the use of this information.

© PrimitiveWays 2013