on 17 October 2011
If you want practical information about how to make a boomerang the information is too patchy. Much more useful, detailed information is available from the internet. I was hoping for a good overview of various models with some examples and enough theoretical background to give some understanding to make your own designs but the book is lacking substance. However, one model of boomerang (cross sticks) is detailed quite extensively with specific plans. If you are interested then the book may be worth the money for you, otherwise, do some trawling on the web instead.
on 2 September 1998
Mason tells how to build and throw an assortment of throwing objects besides the boomerangs, built out of wood or cardboard. As well, he suggests forms of competitions and judging. He puts a big emphasis on safety -- boomerangs and throwing sticks were designed to bring down small game, or even enemy warriors, so they require care in use. This would be a great addition to the after-school or summer fun program of your park, club, or school. It's also fine to do by yourself during the hours the playground is empty.
on 15 April 2016
Really unhappy with this purchase. Buyer beware! Despite the fact that its publication date is given as 2012, this is just a republication of a (single chapter of a) book from 1937 - and it shows. The text is full of patronizing balls about the fascination that these tools of the 'primitives' hold for 'civilized man' (seriously!), and although it is written authoritatively it seems highly likely that the cultural analysis is, shall we say, speculative. In addition, and as another reviewer noted, the instructions are far inferior to what we are accustomed to from Instructables and the like. As a historical curiosity, it's fine, and if correctly described I'd give it a different rating (well, actually I wouldn't have bought it).