More than one boomerang can be thrown at a time giving better chances of hitting a bird...
Boomerangs are very dangerous.
Never throw a boomerang where there are bystanders who may not be paying attention and don't you take your eyes off them when they are in flight either.
. And don't you take your eyes off them when in flight
You will need 3 - one will get lost in a tree, one will land on the roof and/or get broken on the road - before you get the hang of it.
ONLY PLY RETURNING BOOMERANGS ARE AVAILABLE HERE FOR SAFETY.
Left…All returning boomerangs have a
“flight” carved into one end of its flat side only - on the tip of the boomerang - on the flat side - it has been carved back into the boomerang.
Without this flight carved on one side to offset its flight - it would just keep on going in a straight line.
Identifying marks so the owners can tell them all apart in a hunt for example...That way our ancestor hunter gatherers could distinguish their boomerang from others in flight..and decide who hit the duck..first..;)
Because boomerangs can fly such long distances, especially if the wind catches them, they can be hard to find when they land and may be lost without these bright markings to make them stand out from the bush.
The way to hold and throw a boomerang
This (above) is the correct way to hold and launch a boomerang. The sculpted (usually painted) side is towards the thrower, the flat side is facing away from the thrower.
A returning boomerang is always thrown at the angle shown and facing into any light breeze.
Throw the boomerang out towards the horizon not up into the sky. The boomerang will fly upwards by itself.
Having a boomerang return to the thrower and catching it is great fun
When you become very familiar with its flight you can attempt to catch it.
Usually by clapping your hands together above and below the boomerang trapping it in mid flight when it gets very close. Sometimes with a good throw it returns well, other times, maybe a bit of wind, maybe pilot error... you have to chase/re position yourself to get in the right place to make the catch.
You are very lucky.... Left handers do amazing throws,
and the boomerang curves to the right...!..?
on it's journey back.
You should throw a bit more sideways and usually directly into the wind.
Aim a bit higher, medium tree top height... into the breeze, the boomerang held at between 2 and 3 "o"clock. Have a couple of practices with no bystanders, roofs or trees around.....and beware.....lefties throw good.
The boomerang comes back by design not accident so your throw must be perfectly weighted for the conditions ...which comes with practice, an afternoon or 3....
Give it a nice controlled flick of the wrist at the end of the throw to get it spinning...
Not too much sideways angle, tilted away from your body.
just about 1 :0 clock, 2:00 most... not 3:00... Smooth throw to just above the horizon into a light breeze...
the boomerang should spin quite fast and should swish away about 30 or so metres then takes a casual swing to the left and start flying back towards you...an easy catch...
At first it takes a bit of fortitude to stand and wait for the boomerang to come back right at you..!..!..?
Have many light practice throws with follow through so, at the end of your throw..... and the flick of the wrist .... your fingers end up pointing to about the 2 o clock point just above the horizon....and it will become predictable, to the degree that you could ...conceivably...step in and catch that whirling wooden blade when it arrives back and comes close to you......hopefully by then most of it's energy is expended and it is can be caught by holding your hands, one above as best you can judge ...the centre of that whirling disk, and other hand below, mirroring the position...
Then CLAP together and stop the boomerang between the palms of your hands...
It becomes very easy..but don't try this straight up. Learn to duck...!!
Usually the boomerang flies out a distance then curves to the left (for a right handed thrower, to the right for a left hand) then it circles back and as it loses power it zigzags to a landing.
Although the boomerang has spent most of its force by the time it comes all the way back it can still hit YOU or SOMEONE ELSE.... if you miscalculate...and that's easy to do...
Don't presume you know the wind..Throw some grass up in the air see how the wind takes it...
Resist trying to throw it into the sky, the boomerang is designed to fly into the sky itself, your job is to give it the energy and direction...launch at a slight angle away for you into a .... a nice gentle breeze
...Not a wild peg. That is a no no......
For me, I stand still, if it comes back and I don't have to move more than one pace.. I will catch it, if I have to chase after it forget it. I adjust my throw a bit.
It would spin nicely and fly in a straight line if not for the extra flight carved on one wing..
This unbalanced state throws the boomerangs flight a little sideways - to a predictable degree...depending on the design - an exact aeronautical design with formula for different size and weight boomerangs.... perfected over time.
All calculated to make it curve around in the sky and return.....
Authentic solid timber boomerangs are a very dangerous weapon and it is recommended that only ply ones be used by beginners.
Ply returning boomerangs are cheap and reliable and easily obtainable.
Modern ones are made from anything from plastic to plywood and many of them fly really well and are not so dangerous or expensive as hardwood boomerangs made from tree roots.
Boomerangs are often decorated with ochre painted designs or carved designs made with a stone knife..
Often these designs are one of the hunters’ spirit ancestors dating back thousands of years ..... may be animals or stylised features of the land.
The boomerangs were imbued with special power by these markings, sometimes made by clever men or wise women of the tribe.
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