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Slings

Date Started - 02/21/2009
Date Completed - 02/21/2009

Slings were a common tool used by the Celts for both warfare and hunting. Many of the excavated round forts have stockpiles of sling stones near the walls to resupply the defenders. However, thanks to the typical material used to make slings no Celtic slings have been found (just the ammunition).

Since we were able locate a number of potential sling styles and we had enough participants we decided to try a wide variety.

Dan's sling was the simplest. It was made by braiding three strands of jute; starting at one end right to the other (approx 3' length total). Then cutting and sliding a patch of leather to the mid-point

DJ's sling started in the middle of a 3 braid segment (worked in both directions) that was bent back on itself and merged forming the finger loop. Then it continued as a 6 braid only to open up again into two 3's (for the pouch area).

DJ passes the two 3 braid cords on either side of the pouch and wip stitches it in place.

Amy's sling was very much a hybrid between Dan's and DJ's. The cordage is all 3 braid, but the pouch area is sewn along the perimeter to a 3 braid that passes through the main cord.

Later, DJ continued to refine his sling designs by incorporating a woven net as the pouch.

Obviously it's a bit more expandable than the leather pouches

Dan tries a casual throw with one of DJ's netted slings.

Slings are loosed by allowing one end of the sling free during rotation.The other end is looped around a finger. This loop was created by opening up the braid with a pencil and tracing the braid back on itself.

The pouch for DJ's sling is punched with holes around the perimeter so it can be fastened to the cord.

DJ's completed sling. Overall length approx 24"

DJ assists Casey with her first sling attempts.

And the wind up.