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Dec 15th, 2019 at 4:47pm
 
I found some time to continue my work on the Egyptian slings (see http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1515612008/0 for a summary). In 2017, I uploaded a “no-tools” approach on how to make these slings (http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1505851909). However, I wasn’t absolutely happy with this method, as it is quite a tedious process.

In the meantime, I found some inspiration in the book “Sling braiding – traditions and techniques” by Rodrick Owen and Terry Newhouse Flynn (http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1516755231), as well as an exhibition in a local museum, where a Tibetan sling was shown (Ur-do: Steine schleudern, Josepha Graf). The technique I stumbled over was “weaving with sticks”. It is reasonably fast and requires only a very minimal set of tools. You need about 30 little sticks, string, a knife and optionally a needle. The work time is, give or take, on the order of 3 hours.

I put together an article which documents some of my work until now (see appended pdf). It outlines different variations of this technique. Consider it not a straightforward tutorial on how to make this or that specific sling, but more as a collection of ideas on what could be done with this technique. During my experimentation, I found that it might be a viable approach to reproduce other slings as well (Cortaillod / Corcelettes http://slinging.org/forum/YaBB.pl?num=1534190532).

I found that especially the Lahun sling in Manchester can be approached very well with this technique. However, I will not make a direct comparison with it to keep the article somewhat concise. There are just way too many small variations, some of which I know of, but just haven’t found the time to try them out. If you are interested in attempting an exact reproduction, I recommend reading my analysis (the first link) and go from there.

So feel free to experiment with this technique. It‘s actually quite beginner friendly. And, most importantly, don’t forget to post pictures of your work 😉.

Enjoy!

Teg / Thomas E. Gartmann

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Reply #1 - Dec 16th, 2019 at 2:44am
 
So Tibetan sling pouches are made in roughly the same way?

Well then... I might have to give this stick weaving a try!
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Reply #2 - Dec 16th, 2019 at 3:35am
 
Nice! you used Latex for the document?
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Reply #3 - Dec 16th, 2019 at 3:47am
 
This is fantastic! I've tried weaving and I've had a lot of problems with it (probably due to my choice of material more than anything) but this looks really simple and clearly explained. Another project for the project pile Cheesy
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Reply #4 - Dec 16th, 2019 at 2:43pm
 
Thanks for the replies!

TheJackinati wrote on Dec 16th, 2019 at 2:44am:
So Tibetan sling pouches are made in roughly the same way?


Sort of. See the appended picture. You use just two strings, which replace sticks consecutively.
I did something similar also in Figure 42.
Afterwards, you sew it to the braids, if I'm not mistaken.

Source: Graf, Josepha, Ur-do: Steine schleudern in: Begegnung – Spur – Karte : das
ethnografische Erbe von Heinrich Harrer und Peter Aufschnaiter, Stuttgart, Zürich:
Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Völkerkundemuseum der Universität Zürich (2018)


Sarosh wrote on Dec 16th, 2019 at 3:35am:
you used Latex for the document?

Yes, I did. I'm not going to bother with Word when I have about 50 pictures with text Grin


Kick wrote on Dec 16th, 2019 at 3:47am:
I've tried weaving and I've had a lot of problems with it (probably due to my choice of material more than anything)


The material choice here is not so critical. Also, tensioning is way easier than when weaving without a proper loom. Give it a go  Wink
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Reply #5 - Dec 17th, 2019 at 4:06am
 
Whelp, looks like it's high-time I get some wooden sticks.
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