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Horse hair sling
Mar 9th, 2004 at 8:50pm
 
Has anyone ever made, or thought about making a braided sling from horse hair? Seems like it would be excellent for cool. Here is a link to Crazy Crow, seems like the price of horse hair is fairly cheap. And it comes in lots of colors including dyed.
  Anyone want to share some ideas on how it might best be done? Experiences? Thoughts?

http://www.crazycrow.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=555-10...

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Reply #1 - Mar 9th, 2004 at 9:47pm
 
mmm.... horse hair.  I use to have a horse and I loved all the fancy bridles and tack and stuff that you could buy that had been intricately woven, knotted, and braided out of horse hair.  Knowing the intense strength of hair, it's flexibility and durability, I would imagine that it would make an excellent sling; much like a nylon sling in it's feel and look.  Honestly, though, I'm not sure how you would go about it. However, deep in my bookmark archive of things I wish to learn I have a link for horse hair art http://www.horsehairart.com/Index.html ; I'm sure there are some resources available there. 

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Reply #2 - Mar 10th, 2004 at 12:05am
 
I've read where the Balearics used horse hair as well as plant fibers to make slings. I have seen very sturdy, attractive lead straps and halters made from horse hair. I looked at the site and noticed the length was around 15". You would have to do some weaving as you braid to get the length!!
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Reply #3 - Mar 10th, 2004 at 12:41am
 
I think this can be done in a similar way to weaving grass.  Look in the gallery section and scroll down to Paul, near the bottom, and take a look at his grass sling.  Pretty neat.

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Reply #4 - Mar 10th, 2004 at 6:42pm
 
As Johnny say, the slings of the old Balearics were made of vegetal fiber reinforced with hair horse and sinew. But also the hair horse has been used in recent times. A friend has told to me that there was one of these at home when he was a child, made entirely of horse hair. It´s a pity that this sort of ethnological things disappear with time. I think today nobody makes this sort of resistant slings... except maybe someone of the expert weavers of this forum  Grin
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Reply #5 - Mar 12th, 2004 at 8:59am
 
This sounds like fun!  First, I'll learn to do 8 and 12 strand braids.  I notice that the horsehair is also available in longer lengths, but not long enough. After all, a horse's tail is only so long.

When you are making up a strand, or 'pull' as they call it, you will have to add horsehairs to get long lengths. I think this is called "marrying". You 'marry' in a horsehair when one runs out. Of course, you don't want to marry all the horsehairs in one spot, it would weaken the strand.
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Reply #6 - Jan 4th, 2008 at 5:12pm
 
mono filament hair cheap could be done...
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Reply #7 - Jan 5th, 2008 at 12:53am
 
I  have a couple of hat bands and a key chain made from braided horse hair. I will have to take a closer look at these. Sounds entirely possible though.
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Reply #8 - Jan 5th, 2008 at 2:21am
 
Making cordage splicing your fibers in this way first then braiding the cords would achieve your desired length more easily than splicing the hair into the braids as you go I would think, but I don't know about sling braiding, so I can't really say.
Wonder if human hair would be better or worse. Now where's that darn scalping knife?
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Reply #9 - Jan 5th, 2008 at 4:30am
 
Mr.Joel wrote on Jan 5th, 2008 at 2:21am:
Making cordage splicing your fibers in this way first then braiding the cords would achieve your desired length more easily than splicing the hair into the braids as you go I would think, but I don't know about sling braiding, so I can't really say.
Wonder if human hair would be better or worse. Now where's that darn scalping knife?


There was a thread here in the last year showing a sling made from human hair (his own I think) :
  http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1163672144/0

Surely horse hair would also work very well. I'm reminded of the climbing ropes that were used on the Scottish island of St Kilda which were made of horse hair and apparently lasted for generations. Also the traditional way to make fishing line.
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Reply #10 - Jan 5th, 2008 at 9:10am
 
the tibetan slings are made from horsehair.
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Reply #11 - Jan 5th, 2008 at 9:56am
 
Horse and human hair has beensed since antiquity. The old torsion catapults used ropes of human hair. The only real problem with hair is that it reacts to the humidity. It tends to kink and twist, literally having a bad hair day.
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