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Mexican woven pouch, new method with paracord
Jun 19th, 2012 at 7:32am
 
This thread http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1339632628 got my mind working again and I dug out an old idea and tried it. Apologies for the poor pics, I started in daylight but as it got dark the light wasnt so good.

I started with two lengths of paracord, six times longer than the folded length of the sling. I used a reverse twist for the fingerloop and the pouch sides and a four strand round braid for the cords.

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Here is a closer look.

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Then I started splicing a third cord, the same length as the other two, between the pouch sides. But I soon ran into a problem, the twist was not even between both sides and having them both twisted in the same direction didnt help.

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Time for a rethink! I unbraided the release cord and redid one of the pouch sides. This time I twisted it the opposite direction and made sure it was matching the other cord as I went along. I didnt rebraid the whole release cord in case I needed to make more adjustments.

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Here is a closer look.

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I also kept the sides together and put the warp cord through both at a time. This was really easy, and is the main benefit of this method.

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In closeup.

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The warp is in place.

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Pull the pouch sides out

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Another closeup.

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Use the longer end of the cord to start the weaving.

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After a few passes its starting to look good.

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This is a short weave for the centre of the pouch, these make it wider in the middle than at the ends.

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The weaving is done, now I am working a little slack out of the warp cords.

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This photo is out of focus, sorry. Here I am working one of the ends alongside one of the warp cords to finish it off. It was trimmed and melted after this. I did this to both ends.

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Nearly finished now.

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Finished! I used a Matthew Walker knot at the release end.

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Isnt it a handsome thing?

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It throws really well. At first I was hitting to the left but this was because the release knot is quite a bit larger than I am used to. Once I started really popping my release open I was slinging straight again.

The cords have a lot of bulk but the four strand braid makes them very flexible in all directions.

A possible upgrade would be to not twist the fingerloop but to use the two cords as warp for a woven fingerloop instead. This would be very comfortable.
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Re: Mexican woven pouch, new method with paracord
Reply #1 - Jun 19th, 2012 at 7:52am
 
Good stuff, DM.  Thanks for sharing.
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Reply #2 - Jun 19th, 2012 at 9:47am
 
Very innovative. Looks good bro.
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Reply #3 - Jun 19th, 2012 at 11:57am
 
Very impressive!
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Reply #4 - Jun 20th, 2012 at 12:18pm
 
Awesome DM, i just made another one yesterday with one strand as the pouch, instead of entering it in at the split, i braided it in above the split in the retention cord. I used one long strand about 5 yards in length, and weaved the entire thing with it. You can tie a simple knot then mask it with a whip knot, i only took one photo of where i started braiding the pouch strand in, i'll post it up later.
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Reply #5 - Jun 21st, 2012 at 11:58am
 
That's an interesting way to make this style sling.  I'll have to try it some time; it looks easier than the method I know.
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Reply #6 - Jun 21st, 2012 at 4:47pm
 
Your tutorial is a keeper, David.  Thanks again.
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Reply #7 - Jun 23rd, 2012 at 8:29am
 
Would it be okay if I added the last 'finished' pic into The Guide?
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Reply #8 - Jun 23rd, 2012 at 9:43am
 
Dan wrote on Jun 23rd, 2012 at 8:29am:
Would it be okay if I added the last 'finished' pic into The Guide?


You're welcome.
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Reply #9 - Jun 23rd, 2012 at 12:07pm
 
Due to the shorter center weft and subsequent warp tightening, I would be inclined to dub this one "King Tut's Hammock". Of course that doesn't account for your name, David, so that would have to be worked out. A "DMKTH", maybe?
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Reply #10 - Jun 23rd, 2012 at 12:30pm
 
Sorry. Mexican, too. "King Tut's Mexican Hammock, by David Morningstar", and that's my final offer. Cheesy
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Reply #11 - Jan 20th, 2013 at 10:21am
 
Ok, finally took the time to work on some pictures...

Here what I made this summer :
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(Click it to see it really big'n'heavy)

The pouch is not really symetrical and the big release turk head knot may hurt :p

The finger loop is not twisted, it's a 2 loops loop ^^
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Reply #12 - Jan 20th, 2013 at 1:24pm
 
It looks like a "war" sling, a sling for throwing large heavy rocks, a loooonnnng way.  I an going to have to break down and make one of these, it looks just right for heaving half brick sized rocks in the river and watching them make big splashes. 


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Reply #13 - Jan 23rd, 2013 at 1:10am
 
That sling is sick!
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Reply #14 - Mar 26th, 2013 at 12:26am
 
I've given this design a shot, and I'm pretty pleased with the simplicity and geometry so far!  I got a little confused, though, because I think the earlier pictures show two "Z" twists for the edges of the pouch, and the later ones show a "Z" and an "S" twist.  I ended up making two "Z" twists with mine.  Is this important, or am I just obsessing over details?
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