Hello SlingshotForum Friends!!!!
Some months ago, I did a trade with the member and friend Beanflip. Included in the deal, besides some good quality latex and a slingshot made by him, came also a HUGE fork of Osage Orange (Maclura pomifera) for me to carve.
Well, "carve" isn't the appropriate word to use for what happened with this wood piece ...I had to put aside my carving knife and get to work with my little axe. Oh boy!! It was very hard, I tell ya!!!
This wood is one of the hardest I've worked until now. Also, the amount of sandpaper that I've spent on this one was the triple of what I normally use. To be honest, sandpaper did a great share of the work.
Well, but in the end, in spite of his massive frame body, I think it turned out a very functional shooter, with a nice design for sideways thumb-support shooting style.
And the grain on this species is absolutely WILD!!! Finished with olive oil and shellac.
Many thanks to you, Beanflip, for such a quality gift!!! I feel I owe you one!!!
Thanks for watching!!!