Hello guys! I am a newcomer to the forum. My name is Murat Özveri, I live in Istanbul, Turkey and am a dentist/periodontist. Being an archery enthusiast I have been working systematically on reviving Turkish traditional archery since 2004. My colleagues and I have founded a web site www.tirendaz.com
to share our know-how and new findings about Turkish traditional archery with all traditional archery enthusiasts in the country and abroad. We have also a facebook group under the same name.
Other primitive weapons (if it would be correct to call a Turkish composite bow "primitive") attract me too and recently I begun to contemplate more about throwing sticks (TS). After surfing on the net, reading books and articles (both academic and popular) and a few attempts of making and tuning a wooden TS I made one from paperboard. Beforehand I had had a few decorative Kylie (Australian hunting boomerangs) replicas which flew well but were light to be reliable hunting weapons. Recently I bought the "hunting boomerang" of Cold Steel, a TS made of a reportedly "undestructable" synthetic material. Weighing 567 grams it is quite a big hunting tool and en excellent re-creational tool.
Back to my paperboard TS, it is made by glueing layers of paperboard to reach the intended planconvex or biconvex cross section.I have choosen the plan of a "lil-lil", an Australian TS that was supposedly used as a war club (because of its heavy weight) too. My TS is smaller and lighter and unlike many biconvex originals it is planconvex.
Below you can find two videos I made, in which you'd see the flight and performance of oth the commercial TS and the one I made. Nowadays I am working on a similar paperboard TS of a similar plan. Hope you'll like it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If3D9gNsKxI&list=UUVIT0SXPgDo0LtimeIzuIbA&index=2&feature=plcphttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeGdbvkrlrE&list=UUVIT0SXPgDo0LtimeIzuIbA&index=1&feature=plcp