Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Slingmoore Story

I dug this up from the archives of Slinging.org, a site full of sling resources and wisdom.


In 2008 I finally decided to not buy a sword.  I had been wanting to make buy or find one for most of my life but with two kids and many international moves ahead of me, I decided the only thing that a sword was going to do was take my toe, my child, and/or my money to the hospital or worse.  But the fascination with ancient weapons remained, a fascination not novel among this crew I'm sure.  The main problem with a sword is that, you can't use it.  I want to wield an ancient weapon, not just look at it as it glistens on my wall threatening to cut my toe off.  And so from a source I cannot recall, the sling came to mind.

I figured I could build one pretty easy but gave up after three designs that kept landing walnuts onto my head.  I figured I could just go online and buy one, but of that... a despair.  Absolutely nobody was selling them.  Slinging.org was a well spring of information at this point and I eventually came back to the idea of making one.  Ten designs and many pieces of scrap leather later the long-drawed pinched-pocket back-folded sling emerged as my sling of choice.

Little did I know that making one was simple compared to using one.  I actually stood in front of a large building once and missed the building five times, ironically nearly hitting a squirrel that was after the walnuts I was chucking.  But finally my projectiles were shooting in a forward-esque manner and so I figured it would be a gloriously-difficult skill-intensive, up-hill-battle.  

"So..." I says to myself, "if no one else is selling them..."  And thus began slingmoore.com.  And what started as a way to pay for more leather has become... a way to pay for more leather.   I enjoy slinging and yapping about it.  My current goal is to shoot 80% at 20 paces at a 1 meter diameter target.

And so what began with the dearth of sword has become a glut of slings.  Ironically for all the injuries that I have avoided by not buying a sword, my first shot with a sling hit me in the toe.  Go figure.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Sling Making: Step 2: Thread the Stays

Want to watch slingmoore make a sling?  Follow slingmoore to catch each step.

Step 2: Thread the Stays

After punching four holes per side I thread the stays into this pretzel knot.  For each side, one of the cord ends will be used as a handle or trigger, while the other is used to secure a handle or trigger.  The cord to be used for the handle or trigger should be underneath the other in the pretzel cross over.  This ensures maximum strength.  The tightening of this knot is one of slingmoore trade secrets and will not be revealed here, though any knot aficionados will have no trouble figuring it out.


threading the stays into the pocket
threading the stays into the pocket

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sling Making: Step 1: Soaking the Pocket

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Step 1: Soak the Pocket

Soaking the pocket for about ten minutes in room temp water makes the leather supple.  The leather stretches cuts punches rivets and takes shapes much easier.  I submerge it.  Afterward, towel it off dabbing not wiping it.  

soaking the sling pocket
sling pocket soaking in room temp water

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Slingmoore t-shirts are here.

Why would you buy a Slingmoore t-shirt? It's a dumb question...on par with the following equally silly interrogatives:

1.  Why go to taco bell at two a.m.?
2.  Why say "yes" when the cinnabon lady asks if you want extra icing?

Slingmoore t-shirts on sale now, don't tell me you don't want one... Because I won't believe you.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

House visit

Today slingmoore takes some time for a personal slinging tutorial.  Are you next?