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Hello from David the Shepherd!! Sling Pics too!
Aug 9th, 2011 at 6:11pm
 
Hello!!  I am David the Shepherd at the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

I have been slinging for 4 years now and have handmade over 1,500 shepherd slings to date!  I love making them, and I love using them even more.  As David the Shepherd, I give approximately 100 25-minute performances followed by sling demonstration per year at the Passion Play.

I would love to visit with you if you come to the Play, or you can check out my website www.DavidTheShepherd.com
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11/11/2014 update - Here's the demonstration that I give before the Play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHUbNUUfJtI

I have made over 10,000 shepherd slings now and have slings in over 36 countries throughout the world.  It is one of my life passions.  Visit my blog at www.slinging.com

You can also see my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxxdfH5kJHgbafu16nQLfaA
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Reply #1 - Aug 10th, 2011 at 1:41pm
 
Wink Hey ... you look to be one of the few with a sling related commercial endeavor....
Is your production seasonal or year round?
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Reply #2 - Aug 10th, 2011 at 3:13pm
 
I make and sell shepherd slings year-round.

The Great Passion Play has run five nights a week, May thru October, for 43 years now (of course, I haven't been there all 43 years Smiley I've been there for 7 years).  

I have made Shepherd Slings for people in almost every state and sold some to people in Europe and Australia.  (They're available on eBay--search for "shepherd slings"--and my website DavidTheShepherd.com.)

I make a few different types of slings; here are some examples.  

The Woven Pouch Shepherd Sling that I make:
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Reply #3 - Aug 10th, 2011 at 3:31pm
 
Here's a Leather Pouch Shepherd Sling I make:

(Although it's not pictured, I now make these out of bison leather.)
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Reply #4 - Aug 10th, 2011 at 3:34pm
 
Here's a Green and Brown Split Pouch Shepherd Sling I make (I also make it in just brown):
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Reply #5 - Aug 10th, 2011 at 7:15pm
 
Nice slings.  And welcome to the site.  Any tips on how to hit something will be appreciated.  Bill
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Reply #6 - Aug 10th, 2011 at 7:28pm
 
Thanks so much!  

I'll share some tips on accuracy if I can tomorrow (I'll try to get some of my videos in the future).  Smiley  I throw around 50-60 stones a night (as well as clay balls and marshmallows).

Here's a sling I made today that's a 12-strand Braided Woven Pouch Sling.  Some people make this kind out of paracord, but I just love the natural look.
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Reply #7 - Aug 10th, 2011 at 9:04pm
 
Welcome David. Nice to have you onboard. Those are some great looking slings you've made but I was wondering if the deep pouches effect the release of the stone at all. Have you had any stones hang up in the pouch because of the depth??
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Reply #8 - Aug 10th, 2011 at 10:14pm
 
It's great to be on board!! I've thought about joining for about three years, but just never made the time to get on.

No, I haven't had any problems with the stones hanging up in the pouch.  Just to clarify, the only sling that has a deeper pouch is the first woven pouch I have listed, not the second.  All of the other slings don't have what I would call deep pouches, but I can understand your question.

I used to make the pouch not as deep, but there were some kids that were having challenges keeping the stone in the sling (kids were probably 1st grade or so).  So, I made the pouch a little deeper, but not too deep.  A lot of people also like to throw with marshmallows, which fit and release perfectly from the pouch.  

I've thrown with one particular woven pouch sling (like the one with the deeper pouch) for two years.  It's still in terrific condition!

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Reply #9 - Aug 12th, 2011 at 6:22pm
 
Here's a 5-strand woven pouch paracord sling I made today.  It's around 60 inches long and has a 4' long X 2.5'' wide pouch on it.  I'm looking forward to throwing with it tonight.  
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Reply #10 - Aug 14th, 2011 at 4:40pm
 
Here's a paracord sling I made the other day.  The pouch is 3.5"X2.5" with a total sling length of 5 feet (30" when folded).  I used olive drab paracord.
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Reply #11 - Aug 14th, 2011 at 6:58pm
 
Good stuff David. Welcome to the forums. I remember my parents talking about the Great Passion Play years ago. Glad to see it's still going on.
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Reply #12 - Aug 22nd, 2011 at 9:18pm
 
You are the answer to this thread: http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1266498481  Are there others who do what you do, so I can be a smart-aleck and win the thread by claiming there are professional slingers (plural) in Arkansas?
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Reply #13 - Aug 23rd, 2011 at 1:04am
 
There are a few people at the Great Passion Play who I have taught how to use a shepherd sling.  However, they don't give a demonstration to the public.  Like many of us here on slinging.org, they just do it for fun. 

I think it's important to remember what makes a professional.  For example, we watch professional baseball players not because they get paid a lot of money; no, we watch professional baseball players because they are great at what they do.  We enjoy their skill and ability.  They're professionals because people enjoy watching them.

My slinging demonstration definitely fuels enthusiasm for slinging.  I demonstrate with my sling to anywhere between 150 to 300 people a night.  And, they love to watch me do it.  I love it when the little kids clap and laugh when I hit my targets, or when people say, "Wow!" when I let one really sail through the air.  So, I guess people would consider me a professional since the people come to watch my presentation, and they enjoy watching me do my demonstration (of course, they also come to watch the Passion Play). 

My demonstration usually lasts from 5-7 minutes.  I throw with each type of shepherd sling I make for both accuracy and distance.  And, of course, I can't forget to mention that I throw with rocks, dried clay, and (my favorite) MARSHMALLOWS!!!  Marshmallows are excellent projectiles and delightful treats.  It helps quell parents' anxieties and worries. 

I think it's very important for those of us in the slinging community to show people how cool and easy it is to start slinging.  I taught my 8-year old niece how to sling, and she got a solid throw on her very first rock!  (That may be another mark of a professional--someone who teaches others...so, there are probably many professional slingers here!)

Happy Slinging!!!
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Reply #14 - Aug 23rd, 2011 at 1:08am
 
By the way, I don't know where everyone is from, but if anyone on the forum comes to the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs and says they heard about me from slinging.org, I'll be happy to give you a free sling and a backstage tour.  I may be even be able to get some comp tickets if you PM me in advance (I'll try at least).  

Also, if you get a sling from my website www.DavidTheShepherd.com, be sure to say you heard about me from www.slinging.org, and I'll make it free shipping!!
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