AL GERHARD was an American maker of the 1970s/80s. He specialized in making strip laminated boomerangs from black locust, oak, hickory and other beautiful woods.
This hook was inspired by the beautiful Sussex Hook Boomerang of Herb Smith. Al made it as an award for the Annual Smithsonian Associates Boomerang Workshop Lectures – A series of throwing events concluded lectures.
I won it during the final event of the day in a game called Suicide. Over 100 throwers lined-up shoulder to shoulder. You had to catch your own rang. Miss the catch and you were out.
After several throwing rounds, only two throwers remained, Larry Ruhf and me.
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