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Message started by Rat Man on Jun 2nd, 2012 at 5:26pm

Title: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Jun 2nd, 2012 at 5:26pm
OK, here's the long awaited tutorial on my alternate method of making slings based on the Sheep Shank knot; the TS3, pj, Cobra, etc..  This method can also be applied to making tape pouch (more on that later) and other slings.  In this tutorial we'll be making a pj, sort of.  

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  We'll be making Greenman's new sling here.
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  Follow the original weaving instructions for what ever type of sling you decide to make.
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  The new weaving pattern suggested here is optional.  I recommend doing it because it gives your pouch a nice taper and makes it easer to get the whipping on the release end up snug against the pouch.
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Title: Re: New Method for Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Jun 2nd, 2012 at 5:54pm
OK, guys, all done.  

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Post by xxkid123 on Jun 2nd, 2012 at 5:56pm
Nice Ratman! And Marc!

I'll be sure to make my follow up to your tutorial in the guide just like this.

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Post by Rat Man on Jun 2nd, 2012 at 6:21pm
Thanks, kid.  I found doing it all in jpegs the easiest way to keep it organized and to post it.

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Jun 6th, 2012 at 7:57am
Just one more thing... if you're making your sling from polypropylene or some other fairly slippery material be sure to make the cut ends of the warp, the ones that you whip over, extra long.  Otherwise your sling might pull apart.  So, what do you all think?  Good idea, waste of time, or what?

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by timann on Jun 6th, 2012 at 12:50pm
A fine tutorial of how to change a simple sling model into something special.  I`ll put it on my to do list.
timann  

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Post by Jauke.H on Jun 6th, 2012 at 1:53pm
This is the same sling design you've sent me right? cool tutorial, I'll try making one someday

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Post by Rat Man on Jun 6th, 2012 at 7:33pm
Yes, Jauke, it's a very modified pj like I sent you.  Once you start making slings that way you might just keep on doing so.  Thanks, timann.  I'm still enjoying the excellent slings that you sent me during the last SITH.  I especially like the one with the diamond shaped pouch.  That one really rocks!  It's almost too pretty to use.

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by timann on Jun 7th, 2012 at 3:39pm
Rat Man, please use it, just let me know when you wear it out.  Guess we`ll be able to work out something then :)

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Torc on Jul 6th, 2012 at 2:51pm
Hey Ratman, in my boredom at work I grabbed all your photos and put them together in a pdf format for easy read. Here is the link if you would like it.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B38L8niITTw3alhHSWJmVG45Tzg

I can email you the original if that doesn't work.

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Post by jlasud on Jul 6th, 2012 at 3:01pm
Great tutorial RM! I didn't give much attention these slings,mainly because i was using irregular stones,but today as i was slinging clay balls,i recon this sling would be a great clayball chucker.As if it was meant for it ;)

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Jul 7th, 2012 at 2:58pm
Thanks, jlasud.  The pouch is cupped deeply, so it holds round projectiles well.  I've used them for golf balls quite a bit.  They work very well.  

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Jul 16th, 2012 at 2:00pm

Torc wrote on Jul 6th, 2012 at 2:51pm:
Hey Ratman, in my boredom at work I grabbed all your photos and put them together in a pdf format for easy read. Here is the link if you would like it.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B38L8niITTw3alhHSWJmVG45Tzg

I can email you the original if that doesn't work.

 Unfortunately, Torc, I can't view your effort.  My computer won't let me download the newest version of Adobe.  A friend who knows about such things told me that I have to delete Google then download the new Adobe then reload Google.  I'll have to give it a try.

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Daniel on Jul 22nd, 2012 at 2:27pm
Hello

i tried your tutorial and was successfull!
Not a beauty but for the first sling ever not bad :)

And it slings good :)

Thnak you for the tut...

Daniel
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Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Jul 22nd, 2012 at 2:39pm
Very nice job, Daniel.  I'll bet your sling kicks butt.  I'm totally honored that you chose my tutorial for your first sling!!

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Daniel on Jul 22nd, 2012 at 3:01pm
I thought this tutorial is so pleasant that i have do this first :)
And the sling resulting in you tutorial looks simply cool to me ;)



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Post by Donnerschlag on Jul 22nd, 2012 at 6:46pm

daniel wrote on Jul 22nd, 2012 at 2:27pm:
Hello

i tried your tutorial and was successfull!
Not a beauty but for the first sling ever not bad :)

And it slings good :)

Thnak you for the tut...

Daniel

I've made several woven slings, and I still have trouble keeping the the pouch that even and tidy. Great job for a first sling  :)

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Jul 23rd, 2012 at 3:12pm
It's a heck of a lot better than my first few woven/braided slings, that's for sure.  It looks like Daniel is well on his way.

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Post by Daniel on Jul 24th, 2012 at 6:24am
Praise me not too much  :D

Thank you for your compliments. I still have some problems, but as you said; i think i'm on good way and i have an idea of what doing next time better :)

I think i will try out some other material.
I think i found my favorite way of making slings (woven). It was big fun for me making it ;)

In my holiday coming next week i will try out this sling and the balearic i got from Jaegoor.
(the difference in slinging this one compared to the balearic is heavy ;) )

Best regards
Daniel

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Brett on Oct 30th, 2012 at 10:31am
Just saw this.  Really impressive.  Well thought thorugh and nice final product.  Shows what you can do with skill and brain power alone.  Well done.  I *love* the way you cupped the pouch.  Am gonna run home and try it.

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Oct 31st, 2012 at 7:23am
  Thanks much, Brett.  You find that you can use the techniques here on many different styles of sling.  The modified pj sling made here is a very versatile work horse.

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Post by Rofriedrich on Oct 31st, 2012 at 11:54am
I'm fortunate to have had Rat Man make me one one these, and I love it. This here is my go to sling and he made it quite colorful to boot. This puppy launches everything I've stuck in it, except a toy Pikachu I found at the park lol. Can't brag enough about it.

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Post by Rat Man on Oct 31st, 2012 at 5:10pm
I'm honored.

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Post by GIMike on Oct 31st, 2012 at 5:25pm
Ok, I had to read this, cause it was in the "quick view" area with a title of "New Tutorial...Sheep"...and that's all it said.  I was starting to wonder about you guys.

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Apr 10th, 2013 at 5:46pm
  So how did you like it, Mike?  Are you going to make one?

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Post by asemery on Apr 10th, 2013 at 6:50pm
This sling is based on the sheepshank
   
  After 5 loops (6" long") are made you begin a sheepshank but complete an  overhand knot by placing the end of the cord through all five loops and pull tight.  Repeat at other end.  No extra weavings are necessary.  Tony

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 12th, 2013 at 8:43pm
  I'll have to give it a try, Tony.

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Post by asemery on Apr 15th, 2013 at 6:36pm
I hope you like the modified sheepshank sling.  It is certainly easy to tie.  I first made a sling like this almost 40 years ago from the directions in a 1974 book "Whittlin', Whistles and Thingamagigs" ISBN 0-8117-1882-2.  
I posted this sling only because of the name.  Your tutorial is excellent. Tony

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Jabames on Apr 15th, 2013 at 9:02pm
So how long of a piece of cord do I cut for a 40 inch sling?  I'd like to use that 5 6 inch way

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Post by Masiakasaurus on Apr 15th, 2013 at 9:04pm

Jabames wrote on Apr 15th, 2013 at 9:02pm:
So how long of a piece of cord do I cut for a 40 inch sling?  I'd like to use that 5 6 inch way

Cord length times 2 plus pouch length times number of strands plus 6 inches to 1 foot for knots.

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Post by Jabames on Apr 15th, 2013 at 9:12pm
thanks

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Post by Rat Man on Apr 30th, 2013 at 2:15pm

Masiakasaurus wrote on Apr 15th, 2013 at 9:04pm:

Jabames wrote on Apr 15th, 2013 at 9:02pm:
So how long of a piece of cord do I cut for a 40 inch sling?  I'd like to use that 5 6 inch way

Cord length times 2 plus pouch length times number of strands plus 6 inches to 1 foot for knots.


'zactly.  I like to play it safe and cut extra.  For a 40" sling I'd cut a ten foot piece of line at least.  

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on May 8th, 2013 at 2:33pm
I'd like to add one step that I now do to all of my slings made in this manner.  After you cut the loops as in pages 8 and 22 unravel each individual strand.  In this case you'd unravel each strand into the three strands it was created from.  It may seem like a lot of unraveling but it will make it much easier for you to cover the cut loops with the West Country Whipping. The next time I make such a sling I'll insert a picture of what I'm talking about.  

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Sep 11th, 2014 at 11:59am
   Torc, my computer can finally read your pfd rendition of my tutorial.  Thanks.

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Ajax on Sep 11th, 2014 at 8:30pm
I likee like like! It looks like a sling should imho handsome, strong, sturdy, confident, and able to throw different types of ammo.
Well done it spurs me on to improve my own construction skills :)

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Sep 14th, 2014 at 6:02pm
   Thank you much, Sir.  Glad you like it.  I still want to make my tutorial on the Skeletonized Sling.  I'll eventually do one on my Side by Side Double Barrel and Giant Snowball Slings too. 

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Xenovora on Sep 20th, 2015 at 5:59am

Rat Man wrote on Sep 14th, 2014 at 6:02pm:
   Thank you much, Sir.  Glad you like it.  I still want to make my tutorial on the Skeletonized Sling.  I'll eventually do one on my Side by Side Double Barrel and Giant Snowball Slings too. 


Really looking forward to that Giant Snowball Sling!! Winter is coming hehe...

Title: Re: New Tutorial.. Sheep Shank Slings
Post by Rat Man on Dec 26th, 2015 at 3:11am
Obviously the first three pages of this tutorial have been accidentally  altered somehow. Thanks to torc's copy I have the means to repair them.

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