Javelin throwing has been one of the most illustrious events in track and field history, as it is one of the oldest. Begun in the first Greek Olympic Games, it was originally thrown for distance and at a target while moving on a horse. While it no longer is thrown while moving, the javelin throw is still an integral part of the Games. Creating your own javelin is the perfect means of perfecting both the balance of the object and also increasing your knowledge about the sport itself.
Make a mark 3 inches from one end of the dowelling around the circumference. This will be where you begin making the point.
Whittle down the wood, starting from the carved line, to the end of the dowelling, constantly rotating it, to create an even point.
Thread four to five ball bearings on to the twine. Tie them on to the javelin, about 1 inch from the beginning of the sharp end.
Wrap the twine around the ball bearings and wood tightly to ensure that they remain in that position. Knot them firmly.
Harden the tip of the javelin in a fire, if desired, by blackening the wood. Remove and let it cool before throwing. Add more ball bearings if the weight does not feel right.
Carve the body of the javelin to add some decorative detail to the wood. Remove several ball bearings if the carving is extensive and the wood's weight has been considerably lightened.
Tips and warnings
- Carve the body of the javelin to add some decorative detail to the wood. Remove several ball bearings if the carving is extensive and the wood's weight has been considerably lightened.
Things you need
- 6-foot, 2-inch dowelling
- Wood-carving knife
- Large fish ball bearings
- Small fire (optional)