Crazy, insane, bloody dangerous, possibly and not even from a tree this dainty little fork is from my wife's flower garden,
Cistus Incanus or Pink Rock-rose.
Banded for full butterfly using 7/8" to 1/2" tapered latex and a small SuperSure pouch. It's 5 inches tall, 3 1/2 wide, the forks are a skinny or should I say scarry 5/16" in diameter, the handle 1/2", and it weighs in at a whopping 29.7 grams or 1.04 oz with the butterfly bands and pouch. Won't fit in an Altoid tin but it is easy to forget you have it and a handful of 8mm steel in your pocket.
In my defense I originally intended it as and airsoft pellet shooter, and of course it's not just wood anymore; three hours in the vacuum tank with the -30 inHg gauge pegged until the air bubbles to stop coming out of the wood, then another couple of hours submersed once the air was let back in just to insure that as much resin as possible would be sucked into the wood.
Happily it turned out that the rock-rose a fairly tough wood to begin with, even if only a shrub, is nearly indestructible when infused with acrylic so it was only after discovering how strong the now plastic impregnated wood composite was that I carefully tried out heaver bands.
Been shooting it all afternoon it's surprisingly comfortable to hold if a little scary at first until the hind-brain gets use to the idea that those skinny little forks aren’t going to snap, accurate, and I wasn't kidding about forgetting it's in your pocket made a grocery run reached into my pocket for change and found a slingshot w/ammo instead.
No finish just Micro Mesh and a light buffing.
Edited by lbspd, 28 July 2012 - 01:30 AM.