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What is the best material to use for the pouch?
Jul 5th, 2004 at 6:44pm
 
I read about using leather, but I dont have leather, which other kind of material is strong enough so the holes dont tear? thanx
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Reply #1 - Jul 5th, 2004 at 7:26pm
 
I use only natural materials for my slings. The cords are braided sisal, and the pouch is of leather. Don't use real flimsy leather, it tends to "pinch" the stone at the hurl.
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Reply #2 - Jul 5th, 2004 at 8:15pm
 
flimsy leather also tears easilier with irregular stones.
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Reply #3 - Jul 5th, 2004 at 8:32pm
 
Here is another topic that show how to make a pouch using nylon straps.

http://www.slinging.org/forum2/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=1;action=display;num=10879050...
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Reply #4 - Jul 5th, 2004 at 9:36pm
 
thanks for all yalls advice, i will have to try to get some sturdy leather!
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Reply #5 - Jul 5th, 2004 at 9:38pm
 
A lot of craft stores carry it.  You might could try checking them out.
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Reply #6 - Jul 5th, 2004 at 10:26pm
 
Walmart has leather in their craft department.
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Reply #7 - Jul 6th, 2004 at 9:07am
 
For my sling pouches, I bought a used leather jacket from a second hand market for 10 euros. I've made about 15-20 pouches out of it, and I still haven't even spent one hand completely!

And about the best material... I think stiff enough leather is the safest choice, but in my opinion, braided/woven pouches look much nicer than leather ones. The minus part in braided/woven pouches is that projectiles with any sharp edges may stick to them when you try to release them, or break them more easily than leather. Of course that depends on the cord you have used, and the leather that you are comparing it against.
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Reply #8 - Jul 6th, 2004 at 9:16am
 
Good point! The original question (and most of the answers) seem to restrict the choice of material to solid sheet type that you can make a one piece pouch out of with punched holes for the thongs. Leather is the obvious, but by no means the only choice for this type of sling. If you loosen your criteria to allow other construction methods, your choices are much wider. Take a look at the gallery for some examples of different designs. A large proportion of traditional slings are fibre only.

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Reply #9 - Jul 6th, 2004 at 8:15pm
 
Do a search for mgreenfield posts.  He has made at least two designs using 1" nylon webbing.  One uses two pieces, the other uses 3 pieces.

Any flexible, but tough material could be used.  Leather is, of course, the material of choice, but others can be found that work quite nicely. Denim covered with duct tape would work.  Whatever you use, just make sure the connection is strong between the cord and pouch.

At the moment my personal favorite slings are made from nylon cords (parachute cord or similar) and 7 ounce, veg. tanned leather.  This can be bought at your local Tandy Leather store or from Tandy on the web.  You could also look for some old shoes at a cobbler or maybe a second hand store.

The stiffer leather does not hold the stone on release.  This is an attribute which is important no matter what material you use.

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