Tuesday, December 24, 2013

if you're like me...

you are a bit concerned that this blog will soon be called CrochetMoore.  There is precident there.  Why just last April 1st we briefly sold cannons.  But sales were low, and the manufacturing process intense so we returned to slings.  I am convinced I have cracked the code to safe and yet hard slingin' projectiles.  This is the most recent experiment to double layer a projectile.  4-strand nylon crochet for an inner layer and 7-strand cotton twine as a looser larger outer layer.  This may allow a denser stuffing like marbles, sand, or bbs.  But all this is untested.  If you are interested in crochet patterns to make your own projectiles email us at slingmoore.com

Friday, November 15, 2013

magnetic projectiles

So the grandparents bought these magnetic balls for my boys to play with but you know what I am thinking?   A metal target and half hour of shoulder straining slinging is whats on my mind.  I spoke with a guy that only slings 3/4 inch steel bearings... I can only dream...well back to reality...where's my crochet needle?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

perfect projectiles...the code is cracked

Slinging friends.  I have cracked the code for projectiles that sling well and don't hurt/kill.  Its not in the stuffing.  The trick was the weave.  I kept trying thicker and thicker string/yarn and kept getting the same effect, they were just hard on impact.  In this last experiment, I used multiple (in this case 4 strands of thin unsheathed nylon thread, and plastic beads for stuffing.  The multiple strands produced a sliding-over-each-other effect on impact significantly lessening the blow.  Next I am going to try six strands with dried white peas as filler.  These really don't hurt.  I had a friend beam me at five feet and it stung but even a blow to the face would be unlikely to break my nose.  What is everyone else using?

Crocheting Pattern:
1.  magic circle: six stitches
2.  6 increase stiches at every stich makes 12 stitches total
3.  6 increase stitches every other stitch makes 18 stitches total
4.  6 increase stitches ever third stitch makes 24 stitches total
5.  6 increase stitches every fourth stitch makes 30 stitches total
6-8  3 rows of thirty stitches each
9.  6 decrease stitches every fourth stitch makes 24 stitches total
10.  6 decrease stitches every third stitch makes 18 stitches total
11.  6 decrease stitches every other stitch makes 12 stitches total
12. 6 decrease stitches every stitch makes 6 stitches total
13.  3 stitches by. skipping every other stitch
closing it up:  tie a double overhand close to the last stitch and melt to seal

Saturday, October 26, 2013

perfect projectiles

beyond perfect... I wonder what kind of distance I can sling outta this little guy.  What kind of distance records do you slingers have?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

crocheting girly?...

For perfect projectile possibilities, get your crochet on.  Materials are cheap, the pattern is relatively easy, and you can stuff it with anything.  I am thinking about plastic beads for this purpose.  The surrounding pictures are some of my first attempts.  If you wanna give this a shot, check out youtube on crocheting amigurumi crochet balls, they have lots of good technique tips.  My only caution is that I have not yet let anyone hit me with one and so until then I cannot officially recommend them as projectiles... I just think that this is going in a good direction.  And it ain't girly... especially if you're making projectiles.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Slingmoore in Bhutan

Just want to point out that I did not sling at the Buddha.  It would have been easy though, his ear is taller than three men stacked up.  Bhutan is a beautiful country, almost beyond description.  A lot like Sikkim except the mountains are taller, the valleys deeper, and there are far fewer people.  I really wanted to sling here, not because of the big golden guy but rather because it was the first place I had seen in a week with no people in sight, but I thought the possible offense was too high a risk.  The, "but I wasn't aiming at it..." defense rings hollow when dealing with a national treasure I suppose.

Looking North into Thimpu

Saturday, June 8, 2013

how to sling at people...and not hurt them...

The sling community is chomping at the bit to design a sling sport that will allow us to sling at the best target ever... other slingers.  The central problem has always been the scarcity of slingers.  To quote a another member of slinging.org's forums, "I have never seen more than ten slingers together at one time, and when I do, nine of them are beginners."  If slinging ever gets a bit more mainstream, our secondary problem will be what projectile to use.  I have slung uncut tennis balls at people but unless you're fifty yards away... it hurts.  Every projectile with enough weight to make it worth slinging would be injurious, and anything that would not be injurious is too light weight to bother with... so what to do.  It seems to me we need a projectile that absorbs much of it's own impact.  My first idea is this tennis ball.  I have cut it along two dimensions to allow for severe shape distortion on impact but.  It still hurts, and it's not very stable, they fall apart after a few hard impacts, the cut continues to grow and I think they wouldn't last long.  So the search continues.  Maybe eggs?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Slingmoore...Wicket Master

Cricketers bowl at three sticks called wickets
they are a kind of target.
The batsman is outed when struck.
So I'm in a crowd of young men who are playing cricket.  They see my interest and think they will get a laugh out of watching me "bowl," which is like pitching for cricket.  They were not disappointed as my bowl totally fizzled barely making it to the batsman.  But as they were giggling at the clearly uncoordinated foreigner (honestly...who can't bowl a simple cricket ball?), I drew out my sling and said in what I'm sure was weird Nepali "I will do this in my own style."1  Loading my sling with a tennis ball that I carry around with me I slung and slammed the wicket dead on, it went flying...  As it fell to the ground I imagined the giggling morphing into gasps... or maybe I imagined that... I wish I had made a video of it but here is the evidence... at 17 paces, note the fallen wicket to the right.  Ah accuracy... like an illusive friend, hard to get a hold of, but always pleasant to be visited by.

1 Mero afno tarikale garchu la?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Smaller is Better...sometimes

Introducing a smaller sized Spring 2013 Duouble Tuck Sling. I have run out of blue-speckled 3mm cord and so I won't be making any more than these, but it's the first sling I've ever made that can sling a large marble without fear of the thing flying out the back in some unintended direction.  Email your orders to slingmoore@gmail.com, and sling on.

Smaller Sized Spring 2013 Sling
Tan Leather
Speckled-Blue 3mm Accessory Cord
Rod-Handle and Beaded Trigger

Draw Lengths in Stock
1. 54 cm
2. 55 cm
3. 86 cm

Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring 2013 Slings in Action...

I like pretty things as much as the next guy but with slings... pretty is not even close to good enough.  It has to work.  So I took our Spring 2013 Double Tucks out for a test run on a target at about 15 feet.  The release time is faster.  Even my accuracy was was improved.  They load quick, grip tight and release like they're playing hot potato.   The target was fun but not strong enough every strike punched holes straight through the poor thing.   Hats off to my two assistants, they helped paint the target, chase errant projectiles and bring color to my video.   Thanks guys.  Check out our Warehouse for our slings in stock.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring 2013 Slings...The Double-Tuck, Our First Design Innovation in Years

  ...has come to Slingmoore.  Our Spring 2013 slings sport a double-tucked pocket that protects the stays.  I admit it doesn't look like much of a change but the improvement in performance is surprising.  The tuck decreases the pocket-width without decreasing pocket-length making the it more subtle.  And in the realm of slings, pocket-subtlety means reduced drag, better release time, which equals... accuracy.  And as if this wasn't enough, since the length isn't reduced the sling can handle a much larger range of objects.  This reddish street-cricket ball (a bit smaller than a racquetball) and this orange are equally secure since the sides gripped them both firmly.  The stays come in blue or OD green with different handle and trigger designs, see the warehouse for pictures and details.  As always, you can email your sling order to slingmoore@gmail.com, we'll email you a paypal request and your sling will ship as fast as you fill it out.  Happy slinging and remember why should you throw it...when you could sling it.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Slingmoore is Back

Our brief venture into the world of cannon making has come to an end.  We are returning to making and producing the simplest, most ancient and most powerful throwing tool under two ounces.  We are glad actually, cannons were so very difficult to ship.

Happy April Fools Day.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Slingmoore is No More

We at Slingmoore have grown tired of slinging.  Tired of light-weight sling projectiles made of rubber or fruit.  We don't want to hit trees, rocks, and the broad sides of barns.  We want to sink pirate ships and wade through over-night bombardments of enemy positions.  And so, without further ado, today we are introducing a minor change in the focus of Slingmoore.  Turning away from the two-ounce sling, with it's sub two-ounce, super-simple construction...we now turn towards designing and producing the throwing tool that truly changed the world many times over.  Introducing....(drumroll)

Cannon Moore
dedicated to the most simple, ancient 
and powerful throwing tool known to man
...under two tons.  

Keep a few in your trunk
Leave your sling at home... Pull this baby
out at your next family reunion.
Have trouble hitting squirrels?...
Next time take out the whole tree.
Problems breaching that wall?
Not anymoore
They never hit the same thing twice
Because the second time around
The thing isn't there anymore
No longer will we be talking of baseballs and lemons, but rather twenty pound balls of pig-iron.  We won't be making suggestions on how to coil your sling so you can tuck it into your pocket, but rather how you can mount your cannon to the bed of your Chevy.  Instead of demonstrating simple loading techniques, we'll tell you how to assemble your five-man crew.  Given our new focus, we have also moved to a more appropriate location.  We are currently storing our cannons on The Battery in beautiful Charleston South Carolina.   Looking over the harbor onto Fort Sumter, a place where cannon fire, whether for good or ill (we will not comment here due to the sensitivity of the Charleston natives), played a significant role in American History.  Our new Spring 2013 Cannons boast of multiple ranges and take many different sizes of projectiles.  Some units are more mobile than others but none will fail to impress with their solid metal construction and explosive power. But whether you are planning to overtake a well-defended fortress, or lob explosives rounds over a castle wall, Cannon Moore has the cannon for you.  More detailed instructions to follow.  Remember firing cannons is inherently dangerous, so please be careful.  The good news is, prices are not going up.  All our cannons are still available at the reasonable price of $19.95 plus a $30,000 shipping and handling fee.  Just email your orders to sales@cannonmoore.com.  Happy bombardment, and Happy April Fools Day.

Friday, March 15, 2013

New Sling Trigger...the Monkey Fist

Slingmoore handle-rods, beads and monkey first triggers
The Scene:  You and your sling atop a mountain of egg-shapped and sized rocks on the shore of an ocean with no other soul in sight.  It's sling time.  You load, rev-up and fire.  One after the other... all goes well until an overhead release brings your trigger bead down hard and BAM!  You can't even find the pieces.  Is your sling day finished?  No... you just tie an overhand or two as a trigger and continue but with more caution and decreased power.   So if you end up with a knot anyway, why not just start with one?  Enter the monkey-fist trigger stage right.   The monkey-fist is a bead-sized knot that provides the same amount of grip as a bead but can take whatever impact you can dish out.  A small innovation that requires several minutes of extra knotting, and lots of extra cord, but it's nice to not have a great slinging session blown because of a broken trigger.  Whatever your trigger preference check out our Warehouse for the sling that works best for you.  Happy slinging.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Slingmoore's First Sling Convertible

Sling Convertible with Mt. Kanchenjunga
in the background...
Born of a love for both the power of the long sling and the accuracy of the short... Slingmoore presents it's first Sling Convertible.  The short draw is about half that of the long.  In the longer configuration, the stays have an extra handle and trigger in the middle of the stays.  In the short configuration the longer handle and trigger tuck away  just above the pocket as shown here.  It's not available yet as I think it still looks a bit wonky.  Plus the handle and trigger occasionally slip out and tangle like long hair during a super-cell thunder storm.  But these are minor kinks in an otherwise good direction.  So stay posted for further advancements.  In the meantime, if you can't wait to sling check out our Warehouse, an up-to-date stock of all our available slings with leather types, cord colors and lengths and of course handle and trigger types.  Start slinging... or if you already are slinging... sling moore.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Number 7 in the Places Not to Sling Top-Ten

Among the Top Ten Places not to sling, the Chihuly Exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum stands at number 7.  We're basically talking about a china shop but perhaps worse.  Slinging inside a small space is not tempting... but outside?  in a park?  surrounded by brightly colored targets?...made of blown glass?!  Now that's tempting...but let me be perfectly clear.  They are not targets.  Rather they are beautifully bizarre pieces of art...  So though they are a feast for the eyes they make for a pretty bad place to go slinging.  I didn't ask, but I got the feeling that slinging here would fall somewhere between "frowned upon" and "you'll-be-dropped-to-the-ground-by-the-guys-with-shotguns"  So I refrained.  You should too.  Go find an open field or something.