For me, the ultimate symbol for boyhood is the slingshot. Of course, I've shared that at the age of 10 I desperately wished I was a boy - with a jar of grasshoppers, a pocket of smooth pebbles and of course, a slingshot to shoot tin cans off fence posts. Oh, the good ol' days when whittling sticks and shooting tin was fun enough.
Tristan made his slingshot - want to give it a try? You'll need:
- 'y' shaped stick thick enough to not snap
- 16 rubber bands size 1/4"
- a strip of leather or material that won't snap or tear 4"x1.5" or so
- a knife
- 15 minutes of your time
1. Skin the bark off your 'y' stick.
2. Make a notch at the top of each 'y' about 1/2" down and 1/4" wide. Not very deep - just grooved enough for the elastics to slip around.
3. Cut a small slice into each end of your leather or material.
4. Pairing elastics attach 4 pairs on each side of your leather.
I'm not sure the name of the knots to use...perhaps it's a reef knot but I'm not certain. Hopefully these pictures help...
5. Using the same infamous knot attach each trail of elastics over the notch of your sling.
6. Gather some round stones and try not to take out a window.
(Remember, it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye...then it's a sport!)