Sunday, December 25, 2011

It's not too late to order... wait you know what...

Slinging West into the Pacific Ocean from the shores of Vancouver BC
it is too late to order a sling from Slingmoore that will arrive on Christmas morning...but it's not to late to suggest what that boy might want to spend that Christmas cash on.  Think of the other options.  The next few times he goes to Taco Bell he might spring for an extra squirt from those guacamole caulk guns... blow it all on a movie or two... download twenty apps from the internet... or donate it to feed the hungry... ok if he's considering that last one then forget the sling... but assuming the other three are more likely you can give him a little nudge toward buying a sling.  It will last longer than any of these other options, throw a tennis ball farther than his dog can run, is much less fattening than guacamole... and to top it all off, you can finally get rid of that ten-times-regifted fruitcake by nailing it to the fence and declaring it a sling target.  Merry Christmas all slingers and slingers to be.   





Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Stuff a Sling in It.

You have the tree, the lights, the chimney with the ceramic natural gas log, all is well ordered and ready to go but what's this?!  Stockings?!  They're Empty!   What to do?  Stuff a sling in there and forget about it.  Weighing in at less than two ounces it will look like the stocking is empty.  Imagine the joy on his face when he reaches in, expecting a Pez Dispenser and finds one of our slings.  He'll realize that he actually does like fruit... just not in the same way you have been trying to get him to like it his entire life.  Hide the fruit basket and remind him of snowballs.  Sling in the New Year with Slingmoore.  Slings are 19.95 plus $3.00 S/H.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Nothing says "I have no idea what to buy you" more powerfully than the gift of a sling.


So what are you going to get him for Christmas?  You know who I'm talking about.  He needs nothing except maybe clothes because he wears his shirts until they disintegrate.  He likes so many sports you wouldn't know where to start.  And besides, he has all the gear for those anyway.  He loves being outdoors, but it's hard to wrap that.  He likes throwing stuff but what are you going to do... give him a rock?  Ironically he might appreciate that, but you don't want to go that route.  Instead give him the gift that screams "I have no clue what to buy you for Christmas."  Give the gift of a sling.  Not the kind you put your broken arm into, and not the kind you carry a baby in, and also not the kind you use to carry a firearm.  The sling is the most simple ancient and powerful throwing tool ever weilded by men (like the one we're talking about) in the history of the world that could fit easily into your hand, or a stocking for that matter.  He can carry it with him in the glove box of that nasty old pick-up of his...the one with the dried deer parts and motor oil in the back.  He can keep it in his backpack for that moment at the edge of the lake when the bouy is just out of arm throwing range.  He can keep it in his pocket and find creative ways to make apple cider, and keep that opossum away all with a single purchase.  Slings are $19.95 with $3.00 shipping and handling, email your order to slingmoore@gmail.com and at least for this year...cross him off your shopping list.  To see a sling in action check out some of our videos in previous posts.  Merry Christmas!

See what we have in stock on our Slings in Stock page.
















Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fall 2011 Slings

Fall 2011 Slings have finally arrived. Buying local has brought a Himalayan twist to Slingmoore. We're using two different types of leather, three different types of cord, and a beaded handle and trigger, all of which combine to make our slings trimmer, lighter and easier to handle. To celebrate our new designs we traveled to Thailand for some beach slinging.

Detailed shots of the new slings are located on the "Slings in Stock" page just under the Slingmoore logo.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sling Students

When you choose sling students it's important that you screen them for ill-will toward you.  Seeing that a sling "accident" would be pretty easy "happen".  Thankfully, though I didn't screen them, these friends of mine bore no ill will, and did a very good job on their first try.  As usual all of them used different styles despite having one teacher.  Fall 2011 Slings are finished and on their way, stay tuned for more info.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Slinging in Dzongu

In Dzongu, one thing that will gather a crowd quicker than a bunch of big loud Americans, is a bunch of big loud Americans with slings. In the second clip, my sling hits the ground where a recent earthquake had rumpled the asphalt. The rock jumped out, thankfully away from the afore mentioned gathered crowd. The rest of the projectiles went far and long into the middle of the Teesta River below. Slingmoore's Fall 2011 slings will be unveiled soon, till then, sling on.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Slinging From the Bow


Slinging on a lake in Pokhra Nepal would be good enough. The mountains, the lakes, the possibility that Everest might actually be visible if the clouds go away. But slinging from the bow of paddle boat is even better. My target? "Chuck a rock without falling in". And this time I'm glad to say I hit my target dead on leaving me high and dry which in this case is a good thing. In other water related slinging news. Yesterday I was slinging at the Railey River and my sling left my hand with the rock and landed in the middle of the heaviest flow. After chasing it, breaking my flip flop and watching it rush away as well, I gave up. So besides my two back up slings that I haven't used in three months...both of which are missing parts...today slingmoore is slingless.











Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sling at the Raven...Nevermoore

My second day in Nepal I tried my sling at a raven sitting up in a tree. I missed of course by what I would call a country mile. But the raven...neither forgave... nor forgot. The very next day while reading outside this same bird flew up behind me and popped me in the head! I would have thought it a fluke had it not happened again five minutes later and several times the next day. He was so consistent at attacking only me and so many times that we shot this video with only thirteen seconds of recording. Now, at just the sight of my sling he spreads his wings and takes off. In the bird's defense, I have continued slinging passion fruit, tiny pre-mangoes, and acorn size dirt clods at my little avian enemy. But so far the score is
glen: zero
raven: nine


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Slinging in the Himalayas

One of the things that slingmoore slings do best is loading fast. When I was still experimenting with woven slings and different stay/trigger designs it used to take me half a minute to get the sling loop on my finger and load the ball, and balance the blah blah blah. But slingmoore slings load in seconds, I slap the rock in, thread my fingers and run them down to the stays to the handle and trigger. You can sling a whole lot if you can load fast and sling a lot more rocks per unit time. So it boils down to...(you'll just have to forgive me for this one)...The only way to get better at slinging is to sling... more.  Load fast fire away.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

West Sikkim Slinging

Slinging in Sikkim yesterday.  We stopped on the side of the road and I took ten shots at a huge leaf that I couldn't hit at that distance.  But more interesting than any of it was the view from where I was slinging.  If nothing else, slinging in Sikkim is beautiful.  My boy's favorite part?...feeding the pig.













Thursday, April 14, 2011

Slingmoore...with an Asian Twist


Slingmoore has relocated to the Himalayan foothills and so naturally we've acquired a bit of an Asian bent. Bamboo stay rods, patterned trigger beads, a rich chocolate brown leather, and deeper set rivets all come together for the kind of sling that you'll wanna keep tucked in your pocket for that moment when you are standing in an open field with a slingstone in your hand. These are coming soon... Ordering and pricing haven't changed with our location however... orders can still be emailed to slingmoore@gmail.com.
Happy Slinging...

Thursday, March 31, 2011

If you give a monk a sling...

...he just may put down his cricket bat to give it a try.  As I entered the grounds of this monastery, we found some monks playing cricket.  They were playing rather carefully since even a half way decent hit would send the ball plummeting several thousand feet to the river valley below.  A nearby terrace wall looked like a good target area to me and so I whipped out my sling out and gave it a try.  It just so happens that if you can catch a monk just after his yearly memorization exams he may be keen to try his hand at slinging.  "Guietro" as it's called here.  He shot backwards, sideways and then forward getting better with each shot.  We used the cricket ball that they had been playing with as I arrived.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Broken Hacky Sacks

Hacky sacks make pretty good projectiles when they slam into something soft like the grass or a hand... but... or the asphalt, or a park bench and they don't last long.  I made my own out of leather and the innards of a broken one which lasted wonderfully until it landed in the lake.  It's funny how things filled with rocks don't float very well.   The woven hacky sacks work well though a little more expensive.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A sling, a cricket ball, and a hilltop


This is the first slinging I've done at altitude. Of course, around hear 4500 ft really isn't anything at all. In fact "dara" means hilltop, or something like that anyway. "Mountain" or himal can not be applied unless there is snow on it year around. The best thing about slinging in the Himilayas is the cricket balls. The ones sold in the shops around here are tennis balls filled with something to make them a bit heavier like a cricket ball. It's the perfect slinging size and weight.  The worst thing about slinging in the Himilayas is that behind every bush and signpost there are ten people.  Almost anywhere I go is to dangerous to sling...  So to the mountain tops... I mean the hilltops I shall go.