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does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:11 pm
by Marcus Aurelius
I am trying to make a roman sling, preferably 1st Century.

Thanks all.

Re: does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:16 pm
by Nerva
Marcus Aurelius :shock:

Roman's did not use slings, they were used by those employed by the army such as the Spanish (Celteberian and Baleric). An Iron age sling is a simple construction regardless of source. Drop me a pm with your email and I'll send you a step by step guide to making one - with pictures, all you'll need is natural hemp string and a bit of leather.

Re: does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:05 am
by Dave Mooney
Feed him wine?!
Oh, 'sling'!

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Re: does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:21 pm
by Nerva
Ohh, very nice sling Dave!

I have no doubt that all manner of sling we're used by Roman 'contractors'. What has been found though consists of braided rope 'strings'. We made several attemps to reconstruct such slings using various natural fibers with varying degrees of success. The basic problem we found was the stiffness of the braided rope compared with the flecibility required to accuratly trow a stone. If your looking for ease of use then theres no doubt that a leather stringed sling works best, certainly better than braided sesal, dute or hemp which we tried.

Re: does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:23 pm
by Dave Mooney
It's Bill's! But he made a few of them in the one go so I do have one...somewhere.

Re: does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:38 pm
by Nerva
Very nice indeed!

Tell you what, I'll give you one of our lousy attempts if you give me one of those nice ones, who knows, maybe Billy can figure out how to get more flexibility into the braided strings?

Re: does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:10 pm
by Roibeárd
Nerva wrote:Very nice indeed!

Tell you what, I'll give you one of our lousy attempts if you give me one of those nice ones, who knows, maybe Billy can figure out how to get more flexibility into the braided strings?


I reckon if you use a stronger material you could use less of it and hence be more flexible.
Jute and sisal all are from Asia and the new world, so something like linen or gut would be more historical I imagine as well more flexible.
Also reverse wrap cordage tends be more flexible then braid.
Natural fibres wear badly so gut or leather thonging is really going to pay in terms of durability in the long run.

Robert

Re: does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:28 pm
by Nerva
Hi Rob

The original finds are made from a variety of materials incliding horse hair but are all braided :( Gut does not seem to have been used - not from the couple found anyway - I'm sure it could well have been used and flax cord is a very good suggestion.

Re: does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 5:40 pm
by Billy
Don't forget hemp. Strong as the tendons of Lugh Lamhfhada himself.

The hemp store in Capel St, Dublin does balls of twine, both rough and tightly spun. Looks good, is authentic, and very strong. Also, wax it for strength and durability.

Re: does anyone know how to make a roman sling?

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 3:11 pm
by Nerva
Billy wrote:Don't forget hemp. Strong as the tendons of Lugh Lamhfhada himself.

The hemp store in Capel St, Dublin does balls of twine, both rough and tightly spun. Looks good, is authentic, and very strong. Also, wax it for strength and durability.


Hi Billy

Hemp is what I'm currently using as it's by far the most flexible cord I've used so far. Hemp was known to the Romans and the Carthaginians, no reason to suspect it wasn't used in sling construction.