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Jan 24th, 2009 at 12:19pm
 
I donīt know if you have seen this video on a maker of slings from the Balearic Islands, Diego Camuņas, that in addition is an excellent slinger, champion of the Balearic Islands in 1988 and 1989, and besides owner of numerous trophies in diverse competitions. Diego is from a village in the north of Mallorca (the main island of the Balearics). The video is in Spanish but Iīll summarize the content. Diego speaks about the manufacture of the slings, possibly as they were made in ancient times. The first sling that he makes is of sisal, and begins by the obtaining of vegetal fibers from the plant. It is the best sling and the one that more manufacture time needs, around ten hours, including the extraction of vegetal fibers. The second sling is of esparto-grass, that previously is crushed to make it flexible. This sling needs one hour and is very rustic but very effective. The third is of a native plant of the Balearic islands, very rustic also but very resistant and its manufacture is very old. Later he speaks of the throwing technique, that is easy to understand seeing the video. All the family participates in the demonstration, although only he is a good slinger.

http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=-ouNR6djZy4
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Reply #1 - Jan 24th, 2009 at 3:19pm
 
Amazing video! Thank you Smiley
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Reply #2 - Jan 24th, 2009 at 3:29pm
 
I saw it and rated it 5 stars. Awesome video.

This guy even make his own cords, I buy mine at the hardware store  Embarrassed lol
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Reply #3 - Jan 24th, 2009 at 7:23pm
 
This is the best on youtube and any other place I have been able to find.  Thank You!  From studying photographs of these slings I knew that is how they were making them.  I would love to see more like this.
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Reply #4 - Jan 25th, 2009 at 11:58am
 
Good video.
teach those kids fig8 and they'd be half decent Wink

Fascinating to see sling making from first principles.
So just how do I start making my own paracord ? lol
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Reply #5 - Jan 25th, 2009 at 1:15pm
 
Curious Aardvark wrote on Jan 25th, 2009 at 11:58am:

teach those kids fig8 and they'd be half decent Wink


They try accuracy not range, I think fig 8 is a bad style for that art   Wink
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Reply #6 - Jan 25th, 2009 at 5:55pm
 
Does he give the name of the Third plant Hondero?
Also isthier anyway to get ahold of him? Yeah I'm looking for several slings actaully made in the Balaeric Islands.

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Hondero wrote on Jan 24th, 2009 at 12:19pm:
I donīt know if you have seen this video on a maker of slings from the Balearic Islands, Diego Camuņas, that in addition is an excellent slinger, champion of the Balearic Islands in 1988 and 1989, and besides owner of numerous trophies in diverse competitions. Diego is from a village in the north of Mallorca (the main island of the Balearics). The video is in Spanish but Iīll summarize the content. Diego speaks about the manufacture of the slings, possibly as they were made in ancient times. The first sling that he makes is of sisal, and begins by the obtaining of vegetal fibers from the plant. It is the best sling and the one that more manufacture time needs, around ten hours, including the extraction of vegetal fibers. The second sling is of esparto-grass, that previously is crushed to make it flexible. This sling needs one hour and is very rustic but very effective. The third is of a native plant of the Balearic islands, very rustic also but very resistant and its manufacture is very old. Later he speaks of the throwing technique, that is easy to understand seeing the video. All the family participates in the demonstration, although only he is a good slinger.

http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=-ouNR6djZy4

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Reply #7 - Jan 25th, 2009 at 7:21pm
 
That's certainly the best video I have yet seen as far as the manufacture is concerned. I wish I could cope with the language Wink.

Thank's for the post, Hondero.



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Reply #8 - Jan 25th, 2009 at 9:16pm
 
Made quite a crack, didn't it?
My only question is how he managed to get his pouch to be so stiff, so that it would not flex and let the projectile drop through. Maybe a property of the juices from the plant he used?
Any other answers? I'd kinda like to be able to do this as it would mean I wouldn't have to weave a pouch every time for mine  Grin
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Reply #9 - Jan 25th, 2009 at 9:45pm
 
Sisal is a pretty stiff fiber. I have to work mine a bit before i start casting after I have braided a new one.

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ElliotB wrote on Jan 25th, 2009 at 9:16pm:
Made quite a crack, didn't it?
My only question is how he managed to get his pouch to be so stiff, so that it would not flex and let the projectile drop through. Maybe a property of the juices from the plant he used?
Any other answers? I'd kinda like to be able to do this as it would mean I wouldn't have to weave a pouch every time for mine  Grin

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Reply #10 - Jan 26th, 2009 at 11:44am
 
I relly like the use of three different fibers. That man knows his stuff. Awesome video
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Reply #11 - Jan 26th, 2009 at 12:33pm
 
winkleried wrote on Jan 25th, 2009 at 5:55pm:
Does he give the name of the Third plant Hondero?
Also isthier anyway to get ahold of him? Yeah I'm looking for several slings actaully made in the Balaeric Islands.

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Yes, he give the name of the third plant but it is a local name that I have never heard. He braid the sling with the rind of the plant, that says it is as resistant as the leather. Perhaps you can recognize the plant in the video, I  canīt. Iīll try to get in touch Diego as also I want to get some of his slings.
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Reply #12 - Jan 26th, 2009 at 7:19pm
 
Thank you Hondero !

Es una lástima que solamente comprendo pedazos de lo que dice Diego. No abre la boca con su cigarrillo.
Especially when he seems to give important information about the poach.
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Reply #13 - Jan 26th, 2009 at 8:46pm
 
A quick translation for our spanish- challenged friends. Audio quality is rather poor. Ahhhhh!!! remember the good all days, when we used to save data on tapes?

2:10- This is the most expensive of all slings, on the work and price.

2:26- This sling need 10 hours of work, one man job, without a partner. (he later mentions the sling is 4 thousand pesetas)

2:55- This sling can last, being abused, up to ten years. The other ones last less.

3:20- We start here on the finger loop, braiding up, the same thickness all the way to the pouch. Dividing into 5 strand on both sides

3:40- The secret behind the pouch is this strand, this one right here. If this strand breaks, the sling falls apart. That is the reason the sling has this strand on the right side, because the left side is were the sling wears.

4:18- The release cord is fatter (refering to the place the slings wears). This side (loop string) we start with 5 strands, here we work with 10.

4:30- Then you start to reduce the strands up to the release knot.
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Reply #14 - Jan 26th, 2009 at 9:45pm
 
Thanks, I'll take a closer lookand try to listen to the dialoge and see if I can understand the name.

Marc Adkins

Hondero wrote on Jan 26th, 2009 at 12:33pm:
winkleried wrote on Jan 25th, 2009 at 5:55pm:
Does he give the name of the Third plant Hondero?
Also isthier anyway to get ahold of him? Yeah I'm looking for several slings actaully made in the Balaeric Islands.

Marc Adkins


Yes, he give the name of the third plant but it is a local name that I have never heard. He braid the sling with the rind of the plant, that says it is as resistant as the leather. Perhaps you can recognize the plant in the video, I  canīt. Iīll try to get in touch Diego as also I want to get some of his slings.

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