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Reply #15 - Feb 11th, 2017 at 12:05pm
 
It is made of black plastic fibers from ropes used to tie straw bales. You can find them here discarded and thrown away across the countryside.
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Reply #16 - Feb 11th, 2017 at 12:10pm
 
This material is by far tougher than palm, pita or esparto.
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Reply #17 - Feb 11th, 2017 at 12:15pm
 
The release cord is a bit too long. But as the end will be probably missing in action in a while. I will replace it with a shorter one.

It cracks like a whip.
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Reply #18 - Feb 11th, 2017 at 12:19pm
 
Stone pouch detailed.
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Reply #19 - Feb 11th, 2017 at 2:32pm
 
Nice work! Sometimes I like to think I'm getting ok at this braiding thing... then I come check the posts here Cheesy
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Reply #20 - Feb 12th, 2017 at 9:28am
 
Hi, vetryan15 and kicktheotter.

Thank you very much!  Wink

It is not so difficult. In fact my braids are still a bit rough, specially at the splicings. I must to learn a lot yet.

Greetings.
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Reply #21 - Feb 12th, 2017 at 1:54pm
 
These are very nice. I especially like the palm leaf one. I imagine it smells fantastic.
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Reply #22 - Feb 13th, 2017 at 7:14am
 
Very cool!
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Reply #23 - Feb 19th, 2017 at 1:08pm
 
Thank you very much!  Roll Eyes

It is strange but the palm leaf slings have a mild smell that remember to me something like fermented bread with yeast.
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Reply #24 - Feb 19th, 2017 at 7:36pm
 
Baling twine! Nice! Especially like the entry into the pouch in the first pic.  That is some real good braiding Cool
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Reply #25 - Mar 3rd, 2017 at 4:24pm
 
Hi. Thank you Walter.

I have found this. I don't know if someone posted it here before.

The original text is written in Spanish, so I have used Google Tranlate.

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=es&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=es&ie=UTF-8&u...

http://www.funjdiaz.net/folklore/07ficha.php?ID=3573

The same from other source.
http://www.cervantesvirtual.com/obra-visor/el-chasquido-de-la-honda-en-el-aire-m...

I think the most interesting part is a 18th century description of a sling.

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In 1734, the Dictionary of Authorities of the Royal Academy defined in detail the object to which we are going to dedicate the following pages: "An instrument made of hemp, esparto *(Stipa tenacissima), wool or other material, the length of one vara and a half *(the Spanish vara was set at about 835.905 mm (32.91 in) in 1801, so 1.5 varas are about 1253.8575mm = 49.3645''), and in one end it has a ring made of the same material to secure it in the middle finger, and in the other a silk tassel. In the middle of this instrument which is made of braid, there are two branches side by side, from four to five fingers long, which rejoined with the sling, they form somewhat like a box, in which the stone is secured, so that it can be cast without dropping. It is a weapon which was used in the war, and was peculiar to the Majorcans, and nowadays shepherds use it to govern the cattle, and to frighten the wolves: and also the boys to go to stoning. It comes from the Latin Funda, which means the same.
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Reply #26 - Mar 18th, 2017 at 7:34pm
 
Hi. This is my last palm leaf sling before cutting the splicings.
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