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Nov 16th, 2006 at 5:15am
 
We have all seen slings made out of many different materials, but nobody seems to have made one out of braided hair as of yet. Has anyone tried this? How did it work out?
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Reply #1 - Nov 16th, 2006 at 10:10am
 
I know that hair was used in the Greek and Roman times as sling material. Blonde hair was supposed to be best. ( Siguy, you and you brother better look out)
  Hair does respond to temp and humidity, but it is of little consequence.
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Reply #2 - Nov 16th, 2006 at 11:04am
 
Peruvian slings are traditionally made from spun alpaca or llama hair.  I have spun dog hair (Cheangora) into yarn, but I haven't made enough of it to braid a sling out of.  I have access to plenty of horse hair, but that would be just as time consuming to collect and spin.  As far as human hair is concerned, I haven't seen or heard of anyone using that medium.
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Reply #3 - Nov 16th, 2006 at 8:36pm
 
I had plenty of horse hair braided slings that i brought through ebay a while back and I traded them on the site with other members.  They work great!

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http://www.slinging.org/forum2/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=trade;action=display;num=1144...

I have traded them all away though.  It turns out my family is allergic to horse hair. Cry

I think human hair would work even better due to its length and choice of colour!  I personally prefer red hair. Grin
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Reply #4 - Nov 16th, 2006 at 9:15pm
 
No Mongol blood in your background eh Tint? That sounds like it would make a great Monty Python Sketch.... A family of Mongolian Warriors who were allergic to horses! Grin Grin...................Where did we put those coconuts?????? Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #5 - Nov 17th, 2006 at 3:32pm
 
Also, for torsion catapults, ( onanger and others) hair was used for the rope that powered the thing. I have this image of all these bald people around, though.
  As anyone who has done weaving and ropemaking knows, you need a alot of the material to make it work. I can't imagine how much hair would have been required to do the job.
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Reply #6 - Nov 17th, 2006 at 5:42pm
 
it's funny you mention my brother and i.  we both have short hair now.  my hair is only at my shoulders, which is longer than the last pic you saw of my, but it is still short.  my brother's hair was cut a few weeks ago and is just at the ear lobes (he donated to locks of love, a foundation that makes wigs for kids that have cancer)
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Reply #7 - Nov 17th, 2006 at 7:19pm
 
Bigkahuna,

The funny thing is I DO have Mongol blood in me! Shocked  My grandma from my mother's side is half mongolian.  Is must be from my dad's genes that we are allergic.

Monty Python material indeed Grin.
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Reply #8 - Nov 18th, 2006 at 11:35am
 
It's a start, Siguy. Someday you may wake up bald.
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Reply #9 - Nov 19th, 2006 at 9:02pm
 
Big cloud of dust off in the distance getting closer. Fleeing townspeople wheeling carts full of their belongings and pulling donkies and cattle along. Children crying and people running everywhere screaming " THE MONGOLS ARE COMING, THE MONGOLS ARE COMING". The dust cloud grows closer and you hear the thunder of many horses. The dust cloud grows nearer and finally comes to a stop at the edge of the village. It takes several minutes for the dust cloud to clear and when it does we see hundreds of Mongol Warriors in full battle array on foot banging coconut shells together, the minions of the dreaded Lo Family, who because of an allergy to horse hair can't ride horses but simulate the sound with coconut shells which make using their dreaded Mongolian bows very difficult. Grin
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Reply #10 - Nov 19th, 2006 at 9:26pm
 
That's exactly how my family did it!  And we ruled half the world Grin

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Reply #11 - Nov 19th, 2006 at 10:42pm
 
I can't get on ,I'm at work!!! Tongue
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Reply #12 - Nov 19th, 2006 at 10:48pm
 
[quote author=Tint link=board=1;num=1163672144;start=10#10 date=11/19/06 at 21:26:50]That's exactly how my family did it!  And we ruled half the world Grin

Well it must have been the tropical half, what with coconuts and all.
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Reply #13 - Nov 22nd, 2006 at 10:14pm
 
Coconuts?  Nah ask any invading mongel with a horse hair allergy whether he would prefer coconut halves or a shaved horse and the horse gets cold every time.  That's how they got round the great wall, people fled before the sneezing as they were afraid of catching it.
As to hair slings I haven't made one yet but have been saving up my own combings,  it's been a few months but I think I may have enough for a very simple split sling, not even a braided one just like two strings,  but am waiting untill I have more cordage skill as it takes so long to collect.  I twisted a litttle of it up and it is really strong, something the thickness of the jute garden twine would cut your finger open before it broke.  I have read somewhere ( sorry can't remember the source ) that human hair has the same tensile strength of aluminimum.

I'm a novice on the craft side of things so if anyone has a suggestion for a material I can practice on before using the slow to replace stuff I'd be grateful, horse hair is much thicker.

It's not that slow though, you'd be amazed how much falls out each day when you save it up.  I'm only keeping the stuff from the hair brush but if I could work out a way of cleaning the stuff from the vacume cleaners brush I could probably get as much again.  My own hair is medium long and my guess is I could make a braided sling a year   Quite like the idea of slinging with something made totally from my own body, ok so I'm weird, but with the help of friends and familly collecting wouldn't take long at all.    Some of the ancients thought it the best material of the lot.  Worth doing and can't complain about the price.
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Reply #14 - Dec 1st, 2006 at 7:21pm
 
isn't tech a wool sling a hair sling?
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