Hi there, I should have read the rules about the forum and posted after that... but I will just make a hello post anyways. I live in the southern part of Australia nearest the largest population concentration on my continent. it's not cold here in winter by any standards, but we like to keep warm by staying indoors and burning huge amounts of wood! I have been making slingshots since I was about 9 yr old, and my father would always regale me with tales of starling massacres he performed with his best mates and brothers. Having grown up in the city the preferred frame building method they would use is a wire frame, made from fencing wire or thick steel coathangers. my first slinshots where made from these materials, but in highschool we would bend them out of 8mm round bar and brace with a weld or two. the trick was to sneak them out of the workshop so the teacher could'nt nick them and take them home, he used to boast that he had over forty of them stashed at his farm and would only keep the best ones. he had two of mine, but i managed to sneak out a few more than that. in that time it was often thought that the "surgical " type of rubber or postal rubber bands where the best for rubber, and that the store bought "wrist brace" black widow or barnett or whatever where the most powerful. Anyway, i managed to give all of mine away that i had made in class, but my best mate kept one of the same design that his cousin had made and would be now about 25 years old. cut to the present- i have always been a nut for archery and slingshots, shanghai's, gloveguns, catapaults, manganells, trebuchets, potato guns, guns in general, and rockets, spaceships, aeroplanes and motorcycles. i love the sensation of flying, and shooting stuff. just like any big kid. i have built various slingshots in that last few years, and now that i have too much time on my hands again i have begun to build some more. i started off with the big is better method, but have come to love the small and tiny and more efficient designs that i have seen Joerge Sprave build and design. I am still learning alot about the designs, materials and building methods and use this site as a reference for anything i am unsure about, i have a few that i have been working on and i have been building out of red gum, ply board and aluminium and steel, i will post some photos when i get the chance and i will say that the thing that dragged me to the site was the youtube- slingshot channel (i was actually looking for blunderbuss related videos) bye for now.