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Message started by joe_meadmaker on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 4:41pm

Title: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by joe_meadmaker on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 4:41pm
Hi everyone.  I'm joining you from western Pennsylvania.

I made my first sling a little over 10 years ago.  I got interested after reading The Clan of the Cave Bear, and decided I was going to make some slings and become a marksman.  The first part of that went okay, and I braided a few slings.  But I was downright terrible when it came to using them.

I was bad enough that I completely lost interest for a long while.  I started getting back into slinging a few years ago.  I bought a house with several apple trees on the property.  The apples don't really grow big enough to eat.  But they make great ammunition.  So once Fall hits I get a lot of practice slinging apples out in to the brush around my house.

My photography skills aren't great, but I took a couple pictures of slings I have.  I will post them shortly.  Glad to be here.

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by joe_meadmaker on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 5:44pm
This one is pretty much my go to sling.  It's from back when I originally started making slings.  I actually don't recall which sling I made first, but this would have been one of them.

It's an 8 strand braid made from hemp.  The pouch is linen.




And this sling is one I finished just last night.  A leather pouch with paracord lines.  The pouch was made following a pattern found on this site.  I got in a few throws this morning before leaving for work and so far so good.


Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by Curious Novice on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 6:16pm
Beautiful slings! Much better than mine.

Welcome to the forum.

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by walter on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 6:33pm
Welcome from AZ  :)

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Oct 23rd, 2018 at 9:57pm
Howdy from Texas!

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by Drakolith on Oct 24th, 2018 at 2:22pm
Welcome to the forum!

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by DirtyDuck on Oct 25th, 2018 at 12:51am
Hello, Thanks for sharing sling pics. I like simple effective setups and want to try cupped pouches too. I have been thinking of an oilcloth canvas/leather combo and seeing your linen pouch got me thinking more on it. Apples are great ammo too ;D

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by kicktheotter on Oct 25th, 2018 at 3:46am
Welcome from Finland!

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by joe_meadmaker on Oct 25th, 2018 at 5:44pm
Thanks all for the welcome!

I tried using linen for a pouch because I wanted something that would be easier to stitch than leather (although I've done quite a few of those).  I actually didn't expect it to hold up like it has, but it's worked real well.

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by vetryan15 on Oct 31st, 2018 at 1:57pm
Welcome from maine. I actually grew up in NJ, and spent 2 years living in the Pocono.  With your screen name, do u make mead?

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by Worldwalker on Nov 1st, 2018 at 11:23am
Your slings show great craftsmanship. Welcome to the forum!

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by joe_meadmaker on Nov 2nd, 2018 at 1:46pm

vetryan15 wrote on Oct 31st, 2018 at 1:57pm:
Welcome from maine. I actually grew up in NJ, and spent 2 years living in the Pocono.  With your screen name, do u make mead?

Thanks!  Yes, I do make mead.  Just at home, not professionally.  I recently bottled part of a barrel-aged batched.

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by joe_meadmaker on Nov 2nd, 2018 at 1:53pm

Worldwalker wrote on Nov 1st, 2018 at 11:23am:
Your slings show great craftsmanship. Welcome to the forum!

Thank you!  I'm currently working on another braided hemp sling.  It's almost halfway there so still a bit to go.

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by vetryan15 on Nov 2nd, 2018 at 4:46pm

joe_meadmaker wrote on Nov 2nd, 2018 at 1:46pm:

vetryan15 wrote on Oct 31st, 2018 at 1:57pm:
Welcome from maine. I actually grew up in NJ, and spent 2 years living in the Pocono.  With your screen name, do u make mead?

Thanks!  Yes, I do make mead.  Just at home, not professionally.  I recently bottled part of a barrel-aged batched.

That's awesome.  I plan on starting next year. I just moved and am starting my own homestead

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by slingbadger on Nov 25th, 2018 at 6:27am
I'm just above you in Western New York.

Title: Re: Hello from Pennsylvania, USA
Post by mountainman on Nov 27th, 2018 at 10:39am
Welcome from way out west, in Utah.  I loved seeing pictures of the cloth pouch slings!  Thanks for posting them. 

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