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Reply #5625 - Jul 29th, 2019 at 5:18pm
 
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Slings look nice!  You mentioned that the djembé cord ones are heavy.  Does that seem to help or hurt its sling performance as compared to paracord?
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Reply #5626 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 3:14pm
 
I finished this sling last night.  It's a bunch of "firsts" for me, so here we go.
  • This is the first time I made a Rockman style sling.
  • Related to the first point, this is the first time I've done a woven sling pouch.
  • This is the first time I've used two different types of cordage in a braid.  This sling is hemp and linen braided together.
  • And finally, this is the first time I've used a taper in the braid.  The release cord tapers down from 16 strands to 8.
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I like how this sling came out, but there are a couple problems with it.  I made the pouch a little too long.  When I was testing it, nothing slipped through the pouch, but there's definitely enough room for that to happen.  Next time I'll shorten it up.  The second thing is the sides of the pouch tend to rotate where they come together.  After each throw I needed to readjust it before loading another projectile.  So I'll have to try to tighten that up the next time I try a Rockman.

Overall I really like the look of this sling.  I only threw it three dozen times, but it already has a nice clean feeling in the movement.  Most times when I use hemp, the sling needs a little while to break in.  This one did not.  Which I'm assuming is because of the linen.
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Reply #5627 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 4:23pm
 
Since I'm in the photo zone, here's a few of my most recent slings.

The sisal apache/shepherd is very similar to the one I used at the balearics this year and is probably the favourite sling in my collection, it's about 25'', made entirely of sisal fibre, leather and nylon waxed thread. It's light, flexible and soft yet has a tough feel to it and very low stretch.

The jute rockman is one I whipped up recently as I had some black jute to use, haven't thrown with it yet, but seems pretty nice. It has a paracord pouch. I tried braiding in nylon cord to the end but it's a little thicker than intended.

The final one is a design I've used once before and turned out really nice. It's all sisal cord but it's gone through a process of wetting, drying, braiding, wetting again and drying under tension which seems to get really good results from sisal. I unravelled the final 6 inches or so and braided fibre to avoid twisting in the cord. It has a really nice feel for some reason, and the cracker I added gives a good bang.
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Reply #5628 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 8:55pm
 
Beautiful work guys. Those sisal slings are HOT. I always come here when I need motivation to get mine done.  Cheesy

@Joe An easy fix for the too long slit is needle and thread. I've had to do that on a few slings and it works great. Match the thread to the color of the pouch and it's almost invisible.

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Reply #5629 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 9:27pm
 
Instead of fixing a rockman, braid a balearic pouch Cheesy
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Reply #5630 - Jul 30th, 2019 at 9:56pm
 
@JudoP - Beautiful slings!

@Morphy - Great idea!  I'll give that a try.

@walter - A balearic will be attempted in the near future.  Smiley
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Reply #5631 - Jul 31st, 2019 at 5:17am
 
Wow. I need to both get back to sling making and seriously up my game. Incredible stuff.
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Reply #5632 - Jul 31st, 2019 at 8:42am
 
Poor internet connexion here, but I actually could load the pics!

some beautifull works here!
JudoP's sisal apache looks so fine!
I just miss my braiding kit...

Thumb up, everyone. you keep me motivated!
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Reply #5633 - Jul 31st, 2019 at 4:41pm
 
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So it's been a while since I had any large quantities of cordage to make new slings, and the new ones I made are quite different to their predecessors as it is, for instance I've not had such big wide pouches for a while, particularly on the arm-length specimens. What immediately comes up is the sheer amount of damage on my skin from friction. The recent increase in power and accuracy that I also note may be coincondental; enthusiasm breeds dedicated practice, you know. Especially on the longer newly made djembé slings, I guess I'll find out how sturdy they are based on the amount of wear by the end of summer.
(I have had some spectacular explosions as my larger quarts projectiles hit the long dead ancient signal box.)
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Reply #5634 - Aug 21st, 2019 at 2:41pm
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s56Lsgo_2F0&feature=youtu.be

Video from Balearics this year of one of my diana hits. Not sure if this is the right place to put it but 'slings and slinging' seems appropriate even if it's 90% slings!
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Reply #5635 - Aug 23rd, 2019 at 8:09am
 
Here a very simple and versatile sling, 82 cm length and a very fast throw. Not pretty or a work of art but extremely effective. I like the combination of brown leather belt and brown natural fibre cords.  Makes it look more traditional even though its not.
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Reply #5636 - Aug 23rd, 2019 at 10:09am
 
Very nice!  I'm a big fan of this design too.  Although the ones I have are just done with paracord (or laces from a pair of boots in one circumstance).  There is definitely an elegance to the simplicity and effectiveness of it.
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Reply #5637 - Aug 23rd, 2019 at 11:01am
 
This cordage that  I used doesn't melt when I burn it, so I assume it was natural, but I may be mistaken. I really don't know what the cord is made out of. But it is extremely tough and many decades old, I am not sure natural cord can last this wel this long unless it had a big chemical treatment.
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Reply #5638 - Aug 23rd, 2019 at 11:03am
 
joe_meadmaker wrote on Aug 23rd, 2019 at 10:09am:
Very nice!  I'm a big fan of this design too.  Although the ones I have are just done with paracord (or laces from a pair of boots in one circumstance).  There is definitely an elegance to the simplicity and effectiveness of it.


Of all the slings I tried there is still not one that surpasses this design in effectiveness for me personally. If I could only have one sling this would be it.

It works so well that I haven't been motivated for a long time to  spend hours and hours braiding slings and learning new designs that look much prettier. I've braided about 15 slings in the past and got about 3 foreign slings, including one of Luis' balearic slings, but none work as well as this one for me.
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Reply #5639 - Aug 23rd, 2019 at 1:35pm
 
That is what's known on the forum as an 'Aussie' sling. It's a very good design, lightweight, simple and versatile. My only concern is the ease in which the pouch pieces can 'roll' (pouch attachment method dependant). My personal solution to this which I think gives the best balance of stability and flexibility, is too add slightly longer leather at an angle and thread the cord back through it. Let me find a pic...

With appropriate attachment I'd say this ranks as joint number one for paracord type slings shared with the mighty seatbelt sling (also an Aussie creation).
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