I stumbled onto this forum a several weeks back after looking at slingshots online. It's amazing the talent many folks out there have. As a kid my dad made a couple for me. He told me when he was growing up in rural Mississippi that they used bicycle tubes for the bands and old shoe leather for the pouches.
This is from a walnut tree that was behind my office that beetles have killed. I saw a couple of potential forks to play with. While removing the bark with a knife, I found several worm/beetle trails. Even had to "cook it" inside a zip lock bag in the sun one day to remove the final beetle. It feels very strong in spite of a few holes, which add a bit of character. Very cool how the wood changes after a few standings and several coats of Tried and True finish.
I have some bands on the way from one of the sponsors and I'm looking forward to getting it completed.
First time trying to download pics, so I hope this works right.