Shows and Events 2011

A listing of events you can find Thunderbird Atlatl at in the next few months!

March 18, 19 & 20
Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy, Florida
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Ochlockonee River State Park is pleased to announce the fourth annual presentation of our Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival. This program is designed to introduce visitors to primitive arts through family interaction. Participants and their families will experience demonstrations in atlatl demonstrations, flint knapping, and other primitive skills.

For further information and directions: (850) 962-2771

Directions: Ochlockonee River State Park is located four miles south of Sopchoppy on U.S. 319.

March 26 & 27
Silver River State Park

This weekend event will feature flint knappers from across the Southeast making stone tools like the Native Americans did thousands of years ago. Atlatl and archery demonstrations will take place both days. Visitors can watch as stone tools are created from various flints by expert flint knappers. Other artists and crafters will demonstrate how bows and arrows are made, hide tanning, pottery manufacture and firing, how to make shell tools, fire making and other native skills. Vendors will sell replica stone tools and other creations. Hours are 9 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5.00 per person with children under six and active US military personnel free. State Park admission, museum and parking are free for this weekend.
Fees: $5.00 per person; park entry fee waived

Directions: Silver River State Park is located east of Ocala, 1 mile south of S.R. 40 on S.R. 35. From Interstate 75, take exit 352 onto SR 40 east, about 9 miles to SR 35. From Interstate 95 take exit 268 to Route 40 west, about 60 miles to SR 35.

Stoneage Workshops in Germany

Bob Berg, Jaap Koppedrayer and Craig Ratzat will offer two two-day workshops in atlatl/bow making and flintknapping workshops at two different locations in Germany.

June 24, 25 and 26
Bad Münstereifel Archery Club
Bad Münstereifel, Germany

June 30 and July 1
Bad Eisenbach in the Black Forest.
The second workshop is in association and preceding the The Internationale Eisenbacher Bogen und Messsermesse July 2nd and 3rd 2011 at the internationally famous Hotel-Gasthof-Pension Bad Familie Wursthorn, Hauptstrasse 55, 79871 Eisenbach, Hochschwarzwald
Tel. (0 76 57) 471
Fax (0 76 57) 15 05
July 21-24

The Atlatl Rattle at Green Flats
Casa De Fumo, Hancock, New York
ISAC, Local, NY events, more.
Contact Gary (570) 437-3698,

August 5 to August 12
Pennsic Wars

Atlatl Exhibits, Demonstrations & Aztec Atlatl Battle!
Cooper’s Lake Campground, Butler, Pa.
For further information: 800-836-4520 or 607-743-4379

August 27 to August 28
Stone Tool Craftsman Show

Highbanks Recreation Area, north end of Letchworth State Park - Mt. Morris, New York
23rd Annual Eastern Seaboard Atlatl Competition New York Atlatl Association, Inc. insured event.
Stone Tool Show contact: Dana & Kay Klein (585) 365-8048.
Atlatl Competition contact: Douglas Bassett (585) 493-3625.

Sept. 2-4

Flint Ridge Lithic Society Knap-in.
Flint Ridge State Park near Brownsville Ohio
ISAC, IASAC and Ohio Atlatl Association local events.
Contact Steve Barnett (740) 698-6553 or Ray Strischek (740)593-3465

Vermont Atlatl Workshop
September 16

Atlatl Workshop
Atlatl experts Bob and Cheryll Berg of Thunderbird Atlatl will teach you modern and traditional techniques of atlatl and dart construction, flint knapping, hafting stone points, and cordage making. Enjoy atlatl lore and coaching on the use of your new atlatl. Bob has taught primitive skills and the atlatl for 17 years. This is Bob’s 16th year at Chimney Point. $65 fee includes instruction and all materials. Pre-registration required. Vermont Archaeology Month program. Noon – 5:00 PM
For more information: (802) 759-2412 or

Sixteenth Annual Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship 
September 17 & 18
Mount Independence Historic Site, Orwell, Vt. - Please note location change form Chimney Point due to bridge repair.

Participate in or watch this annual championship, part of the Festival of Nations with the Crown Point, NY, State Historic Site. The sport of atlatl throwing is based on the ancient hunting technique of using the atlatl or spear thrower. Demonstrations and workshops on flint knapping, and Native American life and crafts. Co-sponsored by Vermont Archaeological Society. Vermont Archeology Month program. 10:30 – 4:30 PM $5.00 for contestants.
For more information: (802) 759-2412 or

New England Atlatl Day
Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, Connecticut
October 2 to 3

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

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After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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