John Cryderman (from Chatham, Canada) is well known for making high quality strip laminated and Birch plywood boomerangs. Many of these are John's original designs. However, he occasionally makes replicas of boomerangs made by other famous boom makers, such as the strip laminated hooks and omegas made by Al Gerhards of Downington, Pennsylvania. John usually makes his strip laminated boomerangs out of native Canadian hardwoods, but he will often use exotic woods, such as Mahogany and Ebony. Some of the plywood and strip laminated boomerangs are decorated with inlaid plugs of exotic woods arranged in pseudo-floral patterns. The vast majority of John's boomerangs are large in size and they require a strong thrower in order for the boomerang to make a full return.
This unusual item is John Cryderman's replica of the hunting boomerang, called the Rabbit Stick, that was used by Native Americans from the American South West to hunt rabbits. The design is most similar to the famous Hopi Rabbit Sticks, only the construction is with strip laminated Canadian Elm and the Cryderman throwstick is thicker than the Native American designs. Flies straight and true, but this Rabbit Stick is heavy, so you can't throw it far. It is still a beautiful collectable. A few strips at the non-throwing end are starting to delaminate, so it is recommended that you put some glue in the gaps and clamp the end and then let glue dry for a day before throwing. It looks just fine for display. Signed and dated 1995.