Imagine the idealized rough and tumble boy depicted in literature, movies, and TV shows. Go ahead. Do it. Done? Whether you imagined Tom Sawyer, Dennis the Menace, or Bart Simpson, chances are you pictured him with a handmade slingshot dangling from his back pants pocket.
The humble slingshot has been a fixture among boys across cultures and across generations. The first modern-type slingshots probably didn’t make an appearance until vulcanized rubber was invented in 1839. 19th century boys used old rubber tire inner tubes as the bands to catapult their rocks and pellets at cans and unsuspecting cats.
Today, we join Dale Collete, an outdoor survival expert, out in the great outdoors! He'll be showing us how to craft your own slingshot using only a few tools and a forked stick from any nearby tree. All your hard work will pay off when you make your own slingshot like a professional in the wilderness! I'm going to show you how to make a slingshot. First of all, I'll take you through all the bits and pieces you need to make a slingshot. There are a number of different materials you can use for the actual power bands, just two I've got here.