Where does the time go?
In those two years I have picked up the atlatl exactly 4 times.
Pretty sad. If you had asked me, I would have said I first got the itch to make an atlatl about a year ago.
I was shocked when I searched backwards through PF to find it was TWO years ago.
Do I sound shocked?
I'm telling ya, ... I was shocked.
Sunday was one of those days where I just stayed home and "piddled". Mostly, I worked in the shop on two outstanding projects ... the atlatl and Junior's John Longclaw Shield that he needs for his extremely cool persona at the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire this weekend.
He tried on his stuff last night and let me tell ya, he's going to top out at around 9.8 on the swoonometer ladies.
As for the atlatl, I started shaping the gator face from a blocky "It might sposed to be a gator" to "Oh, it's gonna be a gator."
No real detail yet, just getting the contours of his face and roughing out his eyes. The painstaking, drive you insane, stuff is coming up ... jaw line, teeth, nostrils, eyes.
This stick has some challenges though. There are spots here and there with weak, black, crumbly wood where small branches once connected with the Persimmon tree. They are small and mostly cosmetic, but one sits right between the eyes of the gator.
That's a bit of a bugaboo, but I have a plan. It will involve a bit of carveable, stainable wood epoxy tucked in the cavity.
Moving to the opposite end ...
I'm going to inset this raccoon tooth into the tail end of the atlatl. It will serve as the notch to hold the end of the dart ( a six foot fletched arrow really).
It was pretty groovy to be carving wood again. I fine-tuned my finger grip grooves some more so it feels right in your hand.
Lots more to do of course, but I've got the bug again so that is good. God only knows if it will chunk a spear when it's done ... I may just wind up with a cool stick.
The Longclaw shield has to take priority this week though, since the fair is this weekend. It just needs a final coat of paint, something to accent the relief carving, and straps on the back so it can be used.
I'll try and get a picture up here when it's done.
Heck ... I'll get a picture of Junior all kitted out so you get the full effect.