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Karli and throwing sticks - good wood available in Europe, tutorials
May 2nd, 2024 at 3:45pm
 
Hi, I am also very much interested when it comes to survival stuff in Australian Karli, is there any guide for making one or at least some step by step guide? I want to order several from Throwinsticks.com, but it has a time as we want to make bigger order with friends to share the shipping costs, as Im located in EU.

Meanwhile, would like to try my own skills and make one on my own. Do not know, which wood available in Czech rep, may be good for such weapon and would happily hear from experienced guys and look for some youtube tutorial or guide here, Im going through threads, but so far havent found anything going little bit in debth, when it comes to tools, materials and stuff needed to complete such project.

I have found interesting articles of someone from France? So going to study, I printed it out, but guess its more concerning the aerodynamicity etc , functionality itself, more than a concept or manual of how to craft one.

Thanks for potential help
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Re: Karli and throwing sticks - good wood available in Europe, tutorials
Reply #1 - May 3rd, 2024 at 12:45pm
 
Ben of Throwsticks.com has a good video on the method and technique of making a karli. He doesn't give pointers on what sort of wood to use; but he does name the wood he has in the video. Though really any dense and durable wood works.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGcg9m6Eabg

I haven't made an airfoil-type throwstick yet, but I expect any type of wood would work, with the durability being the main feature, and the mass that stabilizes it and helps it carry through its flight. Looking at a few incomplete lists of the flora over there, Manna Ash looks like a reliable hardwood, but even spruce would work, and would be easier to learn on as it's softer and hence easier to carve and tune for ideal flight.

As for tools, again I have not made a karli so take my words with a grain of salt: a saw to cut the bit of wood to the desired length, a hatchet for bulk wood removal, a sharp rasp for finer wood removal, and a file to fine tune. And probably a vice to hold the karli while working on it, probably with a rag between the karli and the jaws if the vice is metal, so that it doesn't bite into the wood. These, I expect, are all that's needed. Probably also some sandpaper and wood finish if you want a smoother release and a nicer looking finished karli. Though a drawknife, spokeshave, and a hand plane would really help during the shaping.

It's probably not hard to make an airfoil-type throwstick in all honesty - after all people have made them with stone tools for thousands of years, even up to the modern era. I'll need to experiment as well!

I hope this helps!
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Reply #2 - May 20th, 2024 at 12:35pm
 
yes, it helped a lot, thank you very much. I will wait, with the order from that company to gather more money and bring more products from there, looking awesome, or share shipping with friends who are also interested.

Thank you and have a nice day
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