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?


Friday, June 26, 2015

Running Ambuck

slinging guava usually results in
guava juice with lots of pulp
No I didn't misspell it.  Sometimes there is just no substitute for natural products.  This is an "Ambuck" or that's what it's called in Nepali.  I was thinking that maybe I had stumbled across a previously unknown perfect yet naturally occuring projectile, then later my wife said, "oh yeah a guava."  Sigh... I am always the last to know.



Friday, June 12, 2015

Tying the back

tying the stays viewed from the back
 I know it doesn't look like it but there is order here even you can't see it.  But Slingmoore's most closely guarded secret is what happens between this point and the riveting.  I'll give you a hint thought, it would be easier to do if I had ten arms and legs, it requires all my fingers and a several tools with a lot of sweat and I am usually tired after doing two or three in a row.  Because of this I have rarely made more than five in a single day.  Keeps our skills razor sharp and our innovation at the ready.  Keep slinging.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Riveting the pocket

front of the pocket
 I have started double riveting to minimize the unfolding that occurs after a time near the pockets extreme ends.  Two rivets ensures much more strength and durability and encourages the pocket to open upon releasing the trigger.  Good riveting is a thing of beauty.
back of the pocket

Friday, May 29, 2015

One good cure deserves another

 I have found that my favorite curing sphere is a sewn cricket ball.  They are heavy and the perfect size for cupping the sling's pocket.  After moistening the back of the pocket just a tad, I realized that cricket balls are expensive but three dimensional so why not capitalize on that?!  Here was my solution.  

Remember to store your sling wrapped around something round even if it's a ball of paper.  It's good to encourage that leather-memory to maintain the subtle shallowness of your sling that allows it to be the most powerful throwing tool known to man, under two ounces... not a man under two ounces but the tool.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Slingball anyone?

What does one do after perfecting the slingball? One plays it.  Now all I need is some more slingers... anyone up for flying to India?  It's not really that far.  What's 8000 miles and 48 hours of gut-wrenching plane travel between slingers?  Honestly.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Slingmoore's 2015 All-Blacks are here!

 Slingmoore 2015 All Blacks are here!  Genuine, black-stained leather, double-black stays, dark grey (it's in the black direction) double riveting, monkey-fist trigger and dark black and blue glazed-bead handles, these slings make slinging seem even classier than it already is.  They are on sale now, check out our warehouse and email the sling # to sales@slingmoore.com    Keep slinging.


Friday, May 15, 2015

How India changes slingmoore

Well...we cure our slings with cricket balls for one... there's some dietary changes as well but we won't go into that.  Cricket balls are perfect for curing.  They're a little larger than my usual projectiles so they contact with the entire pocket surface area, they are heavy so they help with cupping and they are smooth and, well here in India at least, they are easy to find.


Friday, May 8, 2015

The real slingmoore warehouse

 Warehouse conjures up images of 20,000 square foot cinder block behemoths with AC, forklifts and the occasionally surly union worker stomping about.  But in reality it's just a rope with some hooks and some slings on it.  But doesn't that fit?  Who needs an actual warehouse if just a length of rope will do?  

Friday, May 1, 2015

First All Black prototype off the Line

The very first all black prototype
(sling# 20151g60)
After just 24 hours of curing the pocket settles into a perfectly shallow hollow. Now all it needs is a slinger and a target. This is where you come in.  I have started storing my sling with something round tied up in it.  It's just a good idea especially if you've been slinging river rocks and your sling's a bit damp, the rounded shape helps it dry so that it's ready for action next time.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tight...

Center of the pocket, one side viewed
from underneath
Slingmoore's 2015All Blacks are entering production, here's one side of the back of the pocket receiving it's ever so subtle pinch for the perfectly rounded pocket.  The funny thing is that I have tried making metrics for exactly where these holes should go and the results were disastrous.  In the end, the eye-balled holes were better.  I can't explain this beyond sometimes experience is better than anything.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Slinging at the Teesta

Nothing like slinging at a swift river with no shortage of rocks... I'm amazed at how picky I've become.  In Kentucky I would sling anything, asphalt, pinecones, I was so desperate for projectiles... but here, if it doesn't look like I could cook it sunny side up and slap it on my grits, then I don't even give it a second look...

Slinging at the Teesta

Nothing like slinging at a swift river with no shortage of rocks... I'm amazed at how picky I've become. In the U.S. I would sling anything, asphalt, pinecones, I even slung an empty bottle once...(by the way...don't do that) I was so desperate for projectiles... but here, if it doesn't look like I could cook it sunny side up and slap it on my grits, then I don't even give it a second look... behold Teesta Slinging


Friday, April 24, 2015

Good sling curing practices

It's simple, a good eggish rock and some time. Make sure your rock is centered, and be patient.  It's wise to store your sling like this while your slinging in your dreams, because otherwise, it should be in your pocket or backpack ready for action.  And by "action" I mean, that rare moment when an open field, and a projectile and your sling collide in the same space-time.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Slingmoore secret revealed

Drumroll... Hemostat during hole punching.  There... I said it, secret's out.  Oh... that, and a really nice cutting board.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Waste Not Sling Moore

Cleaning up today I noticed that my waste pile was infinitesimally small, with the addition of one small leaf piece.  Why is this note worthy?  Because it means your sling from Slingmoore hasn't been hacked and chopped ultimately reducing strength... But rather your sling has the strength that only wholeness can deliver.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Out of the nursery

slings in the raw, with two other
essentials:
see through omni straight edge and
coffee.
As slingmoore's 2015 all-black slings exit the nursery they are cut to length. Two things you need at this point, first, coffee, enough said on that point. Second, here at slingmoore we craft slings in small batches. Partly because we are always running out of gear, but the more poignant reason is that small batches allow for constant innovation. With this batch of four I'll experiment on one sling with a slightly longer pocket. Quality...that's what we're about here... Oh and chucking stuff...yes, chucking stuff and quality.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Punching for the stays

punching the holes for the stays
Great leather is a dime a dozen but well punched holes who can find?  This is usually the moment that I make or break a sling.  Knots can be retied and stays restrung but once you've punched you're committed.  I have thrown away many slings just after doing this wrong.  Can you believe I stopped in the midst of the strain to snap a photo? 

Friday, April 3, 2015

The monkey fist trigger... knot to worry

glazed bead handles and
monkey first triggers in waiting.
Tutorials on tying monkey fists and sheep-shanks have entire YouTube channels devoted to them so I won't go into it. But I will say that recently I started tying a simple overhand with the smallest of tails and centering it within the fist for a harder more spherical trigger.  But the best thing about the monkey fist is that it doesn't shatter upon it's first encounter with the ground, a common problem with beaded triggers.  Plus although it's hard as a rock, it doesn't hurt nearly as much as a wood on the rare occasions that it whips around to bite you on the cheek. Slingmoore always recommends wearing eye protection when slinging.  The glazed beads for the handles aren't a problem because it never leaves your hand.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Visit the slingmoore nursery

Cutting hide into stripes
with Fiskar blade.  You have to go
slow with this puppy it'll will slice
your finger off and not bat an eye.

Here's how Slingmoore slings begin. After buying a hide, in this case for Slingmoore's new 2015 all-blacks, I then stare at it for about 30 minutes deciding how to start cutting.  It always feels like there's a wrong way to begin. Then using a glorified pizza cutter, I cut long strips to width and then store them till I get more time. The leather was just the right thickness to make some really nice slings.  I feel a good batch coming on.

"What's next?" you ask?  Well come on back later I'll keep you posted as these slings graduate from the nursery.
Strips are cut to width.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Bottle target

I shattered a bottle at ten paces with the 9th stone I slung.  Not too bad.  I include this picture as proof because as you can see... The bottle is more.  Man have I sunk low, this blog used to carry some of the best action-packed sling videos on the web, now I'm peddling pictures of no-targets.  More to come when slingmoore rises from the ashes of bad bloggery.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Slingmoore t-shirt

Don't tell me...you don't want an embroidered slingmoore t-shirt...Because I won't believe you.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Curing your sling

 No, not like a ham with salts.  Sling curing involves a massive round object and a gravitational field that approaches 1 G.  Luckily we live on a planet with such a field and massive round objects abound.  However for the simple reason that all of my earthly possessions were scattered and stuffed into ten large bags due to a move, I couldn't find a single ball of any kind. In these cases one finds truly that duct tape applications have no bounds.  Thank you Scotch Tape

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Slinging sand

It's full of sand.  Well of course it hurts when slung.  Not recommended unless you are slinging at a concrete wall or something else similarly indestructible.  Still, it's fun to sling.