This Sepik throwing-stick is 34" long and made from 1" dia. bamboo with a carved wood spear rest usually representing a bird set into a slot and tied just above the gripping area. A portion of the upper surface of the spear thrower is cut away, creating a trough to guide the butt of the spear into a socket formed by a natural joint in the bamboo spear-thrower. This specimin was purchased from an estate auction in Australia where it was listed as being originally collected by a missionary living in New Guinea in the early 1960's.
this bird style spear rest is 6" long and 2" high
The handle is a seperate piece of hard wood with cane weave that is inserted into the bamboo thrower and held in place with a small iron pin.