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Message started by joe_meadmaker on Nov 14th, 2022 at 10:25am

Title: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
Post by joe_meadmaker on Nov 14th, 2022 at 10:25am
It's that time of year!† The forum seems a little quiet these days, so we'll see what kind of response this gets.

Just a quick rundown in case any new members want to join.† The SITH (sling in the hat) is a sling exchange.† Anyone is free to join.† We'll collect names for a month or so, and then do a drawing to see who is sending to who.† You will send a sling to a member of the forum, and receive a sling from another member.† It's that easy!

Who's in for the SITH this year?!† Drop a comment saying you want in and your name will be added to the list.

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SITH Drawing: https://youtu.be/vhYMBwu2BlY

SITH Exchange Order:

Kordwar
hubert
NooneOfConsequence
Mersa
Blindsquirrel
TheMightyAslan
Kris_Holla
JudoP
Rat Man
Neil_Anir
IronGoober
CrazyBrave333
joe_meadmaker

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by JudoP on Nov 14th, 2022 at 11:05am
I'm in

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by hubert on Nov 14th, 2022 at 1:49pm
I'm in

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by IronGoober on Nov 14th, 2022 at 2:32pm
Me too.

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by Rat Man on Nov 14th, 2022 at 2:48pm
I'm in.

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by Mersa on Nov 14th, 2022 at 4:28pm
Yeah Iíll be in

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by Curious Aardvark on Nov 15th, 2022 at 10:49am
havent sent or received last years yet - so I'll sith this one out :-)

ps. swapped out stickied threads :-)

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by NooneOfConsequence on Nov 15th, 2022 at 4:31pm
Letís do this!

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by joe_meadmaker on Nov 15th, 2022 at 4:45pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Nov 15th, 2022 at 10:49am:
ps. swapped out stickied threads

Awesome!  Thanks!

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by TheMightyAslan on Nov 19th, 2022 at 1:14pm
Sign me up!

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by Mersa on Nov 19th, 2022 at 7:26pm
When are we closing entry and choosing partners

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by joe_meadmaker on Nov 20th, 2022 at 3:59am
I think we usually leave it open for about a month.  But there's not a lot of activity around here right now.  I'm fine if with closing things early if anyone wants to.  Maybe one more week?  Close things off on 27 Nov?

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by CrazyBrave333 on Nov 20th, 2022 at 2:40pm

Curious Aardvark wrote on Nov 15th, 2022 at 10:49am:
havent sent or received last years yet - so I'll sith this one out :-)

ps. swapped out stickied threads :-)


Iím so so sorry man!!! Iíll send asap!!! Iím useless- please join in in and donít sit it out on my accountÖ

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by CrazyBrave333 on Nov 20th, 2022 at 2:44pm
Iím in- and planning to not procrastinate this year!!!

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by Mersa on Nov 24th, 2022 at 6:07am
Iíd like to propose an idea.

In sight of recent events with the loss of the most important person of slinging.org.
Could we somehow make this years SITH an all in to CA.
Im thinking perhaps a collection of slings from our members as a memorial.
Perhaps given to the family or close friend, or even another forum member to have? (Thinking Morningstar as a uk and og)

No pressure if im taking this in the wrong direction just voicing my thoughts.
Iíve spent the day at work feeling slightly off about the whole situation, I wasnít expecting it and also wasnít expecting feeling so strongly.

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by IronGoober on Nov 24th, 2022 at 10:53am
I think that is a fitting parting gift. At least to let his family know that he made quite the impact on this small community.  It only works if we can get someone to deliver the batch all together though.

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by joe_meadmaker on Nov 24th, 2022 at 5:55pm

IronGoober wrote on Nov 24th, 2022 at 10:53am:
It only works if we can get someone to deliver the batch all together though.

I agree with this.


The other thing I'm worried about is timing.† How quickly would we need to organize something like this, and how quickly could we actually carry it out?† If we go with the 'tribute to CA' route, I think motivations will be different, but getting SITH slings sent out in a timely manner always seemed to be the exception rather than the rule.† I don't mean we shouldn't do it.† Just putting the thought out there.

Another thing I think about is what would CA's reaction be?† Part of me thinks he would tell us to send the slings to each other and use them.

I like your idea though Mersa.† If we can get it organized, I'm in.

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by JudoP on Nov 24th, 2022 at 6:22pm
Maybe some sort of 21 gun salute with your SITH slings would be fitting. Though again the logistics are difficult given how late the slings typically arrive, and people would also need to find a place to catapult rocks a good distance. I do tend to think CA would probably want us to continue the trade, but even so we should find something to do to commemerate his passing and his impact on the sport. It would also be nice to send something to his family to show them how much he meant.

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by CrazyBrave333 on Nov 27th, 2022 at 3:34am
Great idea!!!

I made his sling I owed him from last SITH (the day he died weirdly).

Itís here and ready to goÖ

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by Kris_Holla on Nov 29th, 2022 at 3:48pm
Im in.

Whether it be for someone for now or for someone in the afterlife. Peace.

RIP: Curious Aardvark.


Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by Kordwar on Nov 29th, 2022 at 4:36pm
Sign me up!

Title: Re: SITH - 2022
Post by joe_meadmaker on Nov 29th, 2022 at 9:49pm
I imagine everyone is open to the idea of sending this year's slings to CA's family.† But a decision will need to be made if that's what we're going to do.† A few things I think we'll need to decide on if we go that route:
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  • Someone to take point on the task to coordinate everything.
  • Someone will need to be the middle man to receive everything.† I think this will best be done by someone in the UK (easiest to send things on from there).
  • And someone to figure out how to contact his family and find out where to send things (this could also be done by either of the previous two people).

    I'm completely open to hear thoughts either way.† Personally I think CA would want us to send the slings to each other and use them.

    I would absolutely be game to try to figure out some version of a 21 gun salute as JudoP mentioned.† We could do that with SITH slings, or do it right away with slings we already have.† The best option with that might be for everyone to record their throw (and maybe a short message to CA and/or his family), and send all the videos to someone to cut together and post on YT.† I'm open to other thoughts.  Kind of like Mersa mentioned, I think we should do something, just not sure what.

  • Title: Re: SITH - 2022
    Post by Neil_Anir on Dec 7th, 2022 at 8:00am
    How about naming this year's as 'The Curious Aardvark memorial SITH'?
    I would like to participate please.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by joe_meadmaker on Dec 7th, 2022 at 12:21pm
    Beautiful idea.† The post name has been updated.

    Your name has been added to the list. :thumb:

    Let's give this another week or so.† Let me know if there are any objections to a cutoff date of December 17th.† If not, that will be our last day for entries.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Rat Man on Dec 13th, 2022 at 7:07am
    Wonderful idea.  What better tribute from slinging.org!

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by joe_meadmaker on Dec 17th, 2022 at 4:40pm
    Last call everyone.  If anyone else wants to join, let us know.  We'll cut things off tomorrow.

    Also let us all know if anyone wants to do the video of the drawing.  If no one else does, I have no problem doing it again.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by IronGoober on Dec 17th, 2022 at 7:24pm
    What does everyone think instead of a round-robin sort of trade, just draw names for pairs, and then exchange with the same person you get one from?

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Blindsquirrel on Dec 17th, 2022 at 7:55pm
    Please, Count me in for the SITH.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by joe_meadmaker on Dec 17th, 2022 at 9:48pm

    IronGoober wrote on Dec 17th, 2022 at 7:24pm:
    What does everyone think instead of a round-robin sort of trade, just draw names for pairs, and then exchange with the same person you get one from?

    I don't have any objection to this.† Although with the addition of Blind Squirrel, we're at an odd number.† Which is fine.† Just means we'll have one group of three if we don't get any more last minute participants.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Blindsquirrel on Dec 18th, 2022 at 1:49am
    No worries, mr. Joe just drop me out to make it easier for the exchange, Iíll catch it the next time. I didnít even look to c if there was an odd or even number of folks participating.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by JudoP on Dec 18th, 2022 at 7:38am
    I think we can figure it out fine for you to join Blindsquirrel.

    I personally prefer the one to the next method rather than pairing, either way works though.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by joe_meadmaker on Dec 18th, 2022 at 6:19pm

    Blindsquirrel wrote on Dec 18th, 2022 at 1:49am:
    No worries, mr. Joe just drop me out to make it easier for the exchange, Iíll catch it the next time.

    Sorry buddy.† That wasn't what I meant at all.

    You make a really nice sling.† Request to be dropped from the SITH is denied.† ;)

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by NooneOfConsequence on Dec 18th, 2022 at 8:26pm
    Hereís an alternative solution: I will volunteer to exchange with two people to maintain balance if necessary.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Blindsquirrel on Dec 19th, 2022 at 7:21am
    Or if yíall would like, since I messed the harmony of evenness up, I can make 2 slings for the SITH. Or how ever yíall would like me to help out just let me know and Iíll do what I can. Thanks for the kind words about my slings too, mr joe.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by IronGoober on Dec 19th, 2022 at 4:28pm
    No need to pai it was just a thought. The round robin works just fine.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by joe_meadmaker on Dec 19th, 2022 at 5:23pm
    Thanks for offering a second sling guys.  I don't think that would have been needed though.  An exchange group of three would have worked fine.

    But IG said it's no problem, so we'll just go with the round robin method.  Then we don't need to worry about it.

    So we'll call this one closed!  No volunteers to do the drawing, so I'm happy to take care of it.  I'll get things set up and do it tomorrow evening.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Mersa on Dec 20th, 2022 at 3:24am
    Make the draw

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by joe_meadmaker on Dec 20th, 2022 at 10:40pm
    The drawing is done guys.† The video is linked in the first post of this topic, but I'll drop it here as well.† The order has also been updated in the first post.† Everyone is sending to the next person in the list.† If there's any confusion or questions, just let us know.

    Also post a message if you're sending to someone who has already received a sling from you and you would prefer to send to someone else.† We can always move positions around if needed.

    Drawing link: https://youtu.be/vhYMBwu2BlY

    This also seems fitting to reuse, here were CA's tips for shipping last year:


    so a couple of tips for sending international parcels.

    1) never declare the actual value on the customs form. Most countries will charge import tax on anything much above £10 and they will charge you a 'fee' for the privilege of so doing.† So keep your values UNDER 10 euros/dollars/pounds.
    1a) always tick the box for 'gift. There is a higher 'notax' limit on gifts than on commercial packages.

    2) describe contents as: childs toy or shephrd sling.
    Don't get creative - the last thing you want to do is to get the customs people interested enough to open the parcel. And while I know of no country where slings are illegal, it doesn't hurt to just make sure Smiley

    3) if you want to pay extra for international tracking - it's usually not that much more (£2 extra in the uk).† DO NOT PAY FOR internationally signed for !
    That is a lot more expensive and completely pointless.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by IronGoober on Dec 21st, 2022 at 2:47pm
    Good tips Joe! I always follow C_A's sage advice and write "Dog toy" or "dog ball thrower". He said he never had any issues with it and so far, neither have I.

    I also think more people will know what a dog ball throwers is than a shepherds sling (as sad as that is), so that is the other reason I do it.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Mersa on Dec 22nd, 2022 at 7:00pm
    Alright!!!
    Iím receiving from Nooc and sending to Squirrel

    Letís get the party started

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Blindsquirrel on Dec 22nd, 2022 at 9:32pm
    Sweet, looking forward to it. Iíll pm u my info. And mr. Aslan check ur, message box I sent u a pm with a few ?, looking forward to hearing from u. Everyone have a great rest of the week. Mersa cya in competition on Saturday, til then take care.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by TheMightyAslan on Dec 24th, 2022 at 6:28pm
    Hey gang just logged in, watched the drawings and sorted my pms for SITH. Merry SITHmas to all!

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Kris_Holla on Dec 24th, 2022 at 8:30pm
    Rodger Wilko

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by hubert on Dec 28th, 2022 at 10:26am
    @NooneOfConsequence

    look in your PM, the sling wants to go to you!

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by NooneOfConsequence on Jan 3rd, 2023 at 8:30pm
    OkÖ just logged in after several weeks of distractions.  Iíll watch the video tonight and get my act together soon 😁

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Blindsquirrel on Jan 5th, 2023 at 9:29am
    Good day to all, I thought I would share a picture of the sling I made for MightyAslands before I packaged it up to go c him.
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    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Rat Man on Jan 10th, 2023 at 8:01am
    Good looking sling!

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by CrazyBrave333 on Jan 20th, 2023 at 2:09am
    So I finally got around to sending Joe Meadmaker his SITH todayÖ I hope you like it man- itís Kevlar. I hope to see it in one of your videos one day! 

    PSÖ it can be used for flaming projectilesÖ or maybe I should have sent one to TimpaÖ

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by joe_meadmaker on Jan 20th, 2023 at 11:53am
    Awesome!† Can't wait!† :D

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by joe_meadmaker on Feb 3rd, 2023 at 8:30pm
    Got the package from CrazyBrave333 today.† Kevlar slings!

    The one with the solid pouch was originally intended to go to CA, but he thoughtfully sent it to me instead.  So maybe we'll think of something special to do with that one.

    Thanks man! :thumb:
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    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by CrazyBrave333 on Feb 3rd, 2023 at 10:40pm
    Glad you like it man!!!

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by JudoP on Feb 4th, 2023 at 8:18am
    I received this lovely sling with some bonus 3D printed glandes from Kris_Holla last week. Some great craftsmanship on this I have to say, the transitions are excellent.
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    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by CrazyBrave333 on Feb 4th, 2023 at 4:31pm
    Looks amazing!!! How are those joins done!?

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Mersa on Feb 4th, 2023 at 6:40pm
    Iíve fallen behind but I havenít forgotten you squirrel, Iíll make it worth the wait

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Blindsquirrel on Feb 4th, 2023 at 7:42pm
    Itís all good man, u do have life to contend with. Ur talk with Channing was cool the other night.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Kordwar on Feb 11th, 2023 at 12:49am
    Received my package from Joe Meadmaker yesterday, a beautiful sling and some very tasty mead!



    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by JudoP on Feb 12th, 2023 at 3:38pm

    CrazyBrave333 wrote on Feb 4th, 2023 at 4:31pm:
    Looks amazing!!! How are those joins done!?


    I'm not 100% sure to be honest, Kris_holla is best to explain. I know it's dacron line and I'd guess it's a mix of sewing and whipping and then possibly melting the result(?) Looks super clean though

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by NooneOfConsequence on Feb 17th, 2023 at 12:47am
    Short video of a few shots this week using my new sling from Hubert:
    https://www.instagram.com/reel/CowFJX2jLJg/?igshid=MDM4ZDc5MmU=
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    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by hubert on Feb 17th, 2023 at 2:53am
    I am very happy that you like the sling !! & a good choice of music by the way

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Neil_Anir on Feb 23rd, 2023 at 8:15am
    Hi everyone,
    My sling for the Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH has just been dispatched to Iron Goober. It has jute cords with leather pouch & finger loop. The length as made, mid pouch to finger loop, is 865mm (34 inches), but the leather finger loop makes this adjustable downwards. You just reposition the knots.
    The pouch is 195 x 50 mm (7 ĺ x 2 inches) & is based on one of the ĎYork slingsí (object number 15770) published in The Archaeology of York Vol.17: The Small Finds Fasc.16: Craft, Industry and Everyday Life: Leather and Leatherworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York. Visit here for a copy https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-1026-1/dissemination/pdf/AY17-16-Leather_and_leatherworking.pdf slings are on page 3408 (p239 of the pdf).
    The original 15770 sling pouch is much smaller 135 x 30mm (5 5/16 x 1 3/16 inches) but I enlarged it to accommodate a wider range of ammunition (up to the size of a tennis ball). I have made 'full size' smaller versions of some York slings but I need to do some more slinging before I publish here.
    Both the original & my larger version have extended ends on the leather pouch. My interpretation is to use these Ďextensionsí to protect the cords against abrasion from ammunition as it leaves the pouch.
    I am eager to find out how Iron Goober feels about its performance.
    Neil_Anir

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    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by IronGoober on Feb 23rd, 2023 at 1:32pm
    I'm excited to give it a try!

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by IronGoober on Mar 19th, 2023 at 10:23pm
    Received my sling from Neil! will make a short video of it's use when it clears up and stops raining.

    Title: Re: Curious Aardvark Memorial SITH - 2022
    Post by Rat Man on Jul 11th, 2023 at 1:05pm
       I got this beautiful Balearic sling from JudoP.  This is one of the best looking slings in my collection.  It's almost too pretty to use.  Thanks much.
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