Learn How to Make a Hand-Woven Peruvian Shephard's Sling

Primitive Technologist Douglas Meyer teaches how to measure, weave, and use your own unique Peruvian Split-Pouch Shepherd's Sling using readily available and inexpensive Jute Twine.

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Weave Your Own Custom Peruvian Shepherd's Sling!

Doug Meyer, Primitive Technologist

Course Objectives

What can you expect to learn?

  • Understand a brief history of the sling

  • Learn natural body measurements to custom fit the sling to you

  • Learn the step-by-step hand-weaving methods, including a three strand braid

  • Learn the unique weaving method and process for making the Split Peruvian Munitions Pouch

  • An introduction to sling throwing techniques using tennis & golf balls

  • Learn about the multi-functional uses of a hand-woven sling

Who is this course for?

This is a great course for anyone who enjoys weaving or primitive technology. You'll learn how to make a hand-woven Shepherd's Sling, which is rich in archeological history. This course can be done by anyone living in an urban, rural or suburban area, but you need some type of open area or field to throw your sling. This course can be done by responsible children 12+ with adult supervision. Once you complete your sling and throw for the first time, you will be amazed at how quickly you become proficient at this skill. This skill not only involves technique to make, but also exercise to use, which is an added bonus! As can be seen in the photo, a sling has many uses - some of which will be also discussed in the course.
Who is this course for?

Meet Your Instructor

  • Douglas Meyer

    Primitive Technologist

    Douglas Meyer

    Douglas has been practicing and teaching primitive technologies for over 30 years. He was a student of the great Steve Watts and Errett Callahan for over 25 years. Douglas is the author of the book Native American Blowguns and an upcoming book on survival based on his unique experiences. Douglas has taught and practiced Stone Age technology in America, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Holland and Germany. Douglas makes replicas and mannequins for museums and his work has been seen in Germany and the United States. Douglas has served in the US Army and worked at a water plant for over 20 years. When not teaching or demonstrating, Douglas spends time with his wife, Jana, and their two shih tzus, Sassy and Sadie. Douglas believes in doing something primitive every day, from making something to reading or writing about primitive technology.

Materials Needed

The materials needed to complete this course are very minimal and can be purchased locally if you don't already have them on hand.

  • Jute string- two colors make weaving and braiding easier to see the pattern, but not required
  • Knife or scissors
  • Clothes pin
  • Kumihimo thread bobbins (https://amzn.to/32T05hc) are recommended, but not required.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome to the Course!
    • Shepherd Slings 101
    • Sling Safety
    • Sling Anatomy
    • Materials Review
  • 2
    Making Your Hand-woven Peruvian Split Pouch Shepherd's Sling
    • Measuring & Cutting Your Material
    • Setting Up for Weaving
    • Step 1: Weaving (and measuring) the Finger Loop
    • Step 2: Braiding the Cord (Phase I)
    • Step 3: Finger Weaving the Peruvian Split Pouch
    • Step 4: Braiding the Cord (Phase II)
    • Step 5: Final Measurements & Tying the Pinch Knot
    • Step 6: Trimming & Final Clean-up
  • 3
    Sling Use & Final Thoughts
    • How to Throw with Your New Sling
    • The Multifunctional Sling
    • [BONUS] A few slings from my personal collection!