The history of the sling
Iberian and balearics slingers
(Content that will be done only in historical recreations)
Projectiles and slings of the world
Making a sling
Learning and practice
Bibliography and links
5 - 10 minutes
Objectives of this workshop
The main objective of the sling shooting workshops is to promote the knowledge and use of the sling, in order to incorporate it into the world of sports, play and fiction in the recreation with tools / games / primitive weapons.
Linked to this objective, it is also intended that technologies and primitive uses survive the passing of time, encouraging the manual creation of ancestral tools and interacting with the natural environment with the practice and the search for raw materials and projectiles. It is also intended, in this recovery line, to enjoy sensations forgotten today, such as the magic of intuitive shooting and effectiveness combined with simplicity of means and precision without pointing mechanisms. That is, to enjoy extreme personal skill as opposed to the ease and indolence of the use of new technologies.
Duration of the workshops
These are approximately two-hour workshops.
Who is it for?
The activities are open to all ages, on an equal basis and without any discrimination.
• School groups: The number of participants can be up to 25-30 participants
• Initiation workshops for all audiences
Groups are advised to be up to 20 people per shift. Multiple shifts can be made.
(This workshop can be done both in the field of historical recreation and in the field of traditional game)
The workshops will be taught by monitors accredited by the Foners Catalans Cultural Association, both in sports, school, play, or historical recreation.
They can be done in different languages and the maximum security conditions are guaranteed.
In this sense, it is necessary to emphasize that the initial practice of sling shooting is carried out with soft projectiles (tennis balls, paddle, foam, etc.), in enclosures prepared specially for the activity (with nets, or in walls or natural slopes) prevailing at all times the safety of the participants.
Contents of the workshops
We will get to know about the sling, we will travel throughout history, and we will learn to manufacture one and to use it. The timeline of the activity is as follows:
Description of contents:
The history of the sling
Throughout approximately 30 minutes, a brief explanation of the origins and uses of the sling throughout history, with the help of informative materials as support.
It also deals with the morphology and evolution of the sling, its uses and the materials required to make them.
Iberian and Balearic slingers (in case of historical recreation)
Depending on the typology of the group, we delve into more or less detail in history, from the Paleolithic to the present, making a special incision in the Iberian and Balearic slingers. In this case, the attire of the monitor that imparts the workshop features that of a Balearic slinger that with the help of the aforementioned explanatory material develops the important role in the history of the slingers in the different wars.
- Projectiles and slings of the world
In this block the 30 minutes of dissemination are completed. We will observe projectiles of different types, made with different materials, and we will learn how they are manufactured. We will also see different types of slings made with different materials from four of the five continents.
- Manufacture of a Balearic sling
To develop this practical activity, each participant will have a material kit to make their own sling. No tool is needed, a fact that facilitates the elaboration process.
This practice lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the skill and the number of participants, and can be developed in a relatively small space, indoors or outdoors.
- Learning and practice
We will need a minimum of 12-13 meters long by 3 or 4 meters wide to be able to practice the launching, either in an enclosed space or in an outdoor one.
We will use a retention network to stop and pick up failed launches, and a sports bull or a wood soldier. The shot is performed with maximum safety conditions. For this reason we will use tennis balls as soft projectiles.
Price: On request
Bibliography and links
Gómez Arbona, J.R. (2007). Honderos de la Menor Libro I: Bálash. Barcelona: Grafema.
Gómez Arbona, J.R. (2009). Honderos de la Menor Libro II: En la Menor y en la guerra. Barcelona: Bubok.
Gómez Arbona, J.R. Honderos de la Menor Libro III: El fin de los días (no publicat).
Ferrer Ferrer, Ll. (2008). Anníbal i s´Ibosità. Eivissa: Mediterrània (publicat en eivissenc).
Ferrer Ferrer, Ll. (2009). Julia i s´Ibosità, anys perduts. Eivissa: Mediterrània (publicat en eivissenc).
Ferrer Ferrer, Ll. (2010). Ibosità, cercle tancat. Eivissa: Mediterrània (publicat en eivissenc).
Ferrer Ferrer, Ll. (2013). El hondero. Eivissa: Autor-editor (Recull la seva trilogia, publicat en castellà).
Moyà,M. (2010). Balearic (comic). Tebeos Dolmen Editorial, S.L.
Neruda, P. (1933). El Hondero Entusiasta. Santiago de Chile: Empresa Letras.
Nadal Cañellas, J. (2000). Els Foners Balears. Palma de Mallorca: Grup Serra.
Vega Hernández, J. (1999). Historia de la honda. Recuperado de
Auel, J. (1980-2002). Los Hijos de la Tierra (5 Libros: El clan del oso cavernario; El valle de los caballos; Los cazadores de mamuts; Las llanuras del tránsito; Los refugios de piedra.). Madrid: Maeva.
Amengual Rigo, F. (2009). Els esports i els jocs populars tradricionals de les Illes Balears. Palma de Mallorca: Documenta balear.
Federació Balear de Tir de Fona federacio@tir de fona.org
Club Foners de Felanitx
Foro sobre el tiro con honda (inglés) www.slinging.org
Escola de tir amb fona: http://perso.wanadoo.es/hondero/honda.htm