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
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.
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.
- Shepherd Slings 101
- Sling Safety
- Sling Anatomy
- Materials Review
- 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
- How to Throw with Your New Sling
- The Multifunctional Sling
- [BONUS] A few slings from my personal collection!