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Message started by HellerBee on Mar 4th, 2020 at 9:11am

Title: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by HellerBee on Mar 4th, 2020 at 9:11am
Hi!† New to slinging but have always been interested in archaic weapons. Blowgun is probably my best skill (making and using) but haven't been into it in a while.

Hoping there are some local/regional get togethers. I'd love to go sling in Mallorca someday but for now maybe in the tri-state area?

Picture: Two slings I made (one boat, one crossed strap). Both Kraft-Tex pouches, one paracord and one flat jute "ribbon".
slings_001.png (767 KB | 9 )

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by Kick on Mar 4th, 2020 at 9:32am
Welcome from Finland! I would love to see the blowguns you've made. I've never been sure of the legality of them over here (although I haven't really looked into it deeply) so haven't tried making my own.

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by Curious Aardvark on Mar 4th, 2020 at 10:53am
welcome to the forum - what is 'craft-tex' ?

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by joe_meadmaker on Mar 4th, 2020 at 11:25am
Welcome from Pennsylvania!
I'm on the west side of the state though.† Near Pittsburgh.† :)

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by Greenjay on Mar 4th, 2020 at 12:28pm
Howdy from North texas!

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by vetryan15 on Mar 4th, 2020 at 1:20pm
Welcome from northern maine

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by HellerBee on Mar 4th, 2020 at 2:14pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Mar 4th, 2020 at 10:53am:
welcome to the forum - what is 'craft-tex' ?


Oops, I mean Kraft-Tex. "Kraft-Tex is a paper product that washes, cuts, and sews like fabric, but looks and feels like leather as it softens and wears."

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Mar 5th, 2020 at 12:00am
Howdy from South Texas!

Kraft-tex, huh? Iím definitely going to try that stuff.

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by Rat Man on Mar 5th, 2020 at 3:32pm
Welcome from across the Delaware in South Jersey.

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Mar 7th, 2020 at 2:56pm
Thanks for introducing a new material!  I ordered some and made a couple of slings to try out :)

Hereís more info on Kraft-tex:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraft_paper

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by HellerBee on Mar 7th, 2020 at 11:36pm
Since I've had a little more practice, I've decided Kraft-Tex is not great for stones or irregular objects. But my pouches ares till very stiff. Good for a clean release, but doesn't really cradle anything that's not round. Maybe when it gets broken in.

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Mar 8th, 2020 at 2:39pm
So far, the kraft paper has been interesting... it feels more like rawhide than a tanned leather.

Try making a more aggressive pouch shape and using a wider piece. I like to make mine about 3.5Ē wide. Hereís an example picture of a 3-finger asymmetric pouch pattern. It fits a tennis ball, but it also throws smaller rocks and other things just fine.

Paper.png (837 KB | 13 )

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by Sarosh on Mar 9th, 2020 at 2:38pm
strange material does it burn like leather, paper or plastic?

Title: Re: Hello from East Coast USA (Pennsylvania)
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Mar 31st, 2020 at 3:58pm
Interesting question... it should burn like paper or wood, but Iíll have to try it out to make sure ;D

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