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#1 Ifab25

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:01 AM


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.image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg

#2 e~shot

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:06 AM

Nice fork. good job!



#3 dan ford

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:06 AM

Nice work ! Walnut is beautiful!
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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:52 AM

Nice one!  Walnut looks very good.  Welcome and as soon as you get it banded and shot you'll probably be hooked.  :)



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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:57 AM

Very nice, a real classic shaped fork

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:17 AM

The Hulk.  I Like it.



#7 AZ Stinger

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 12:02 PM

beautiful fork...

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 01:32 PM

great job.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 03:14 PM

Welcome mate, you've done a fantastic job.
 
Cheers ..... Alf


#10 Ifab25

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:16 PM

Thanks for your comments/compliments and input! I do like the name the hulk, pretty fitting!!!

I have a pine fork I've had for a while and played with some today (sanding mainly) that I will get input from you guys on a question or two in the next couple of days.

#11 Dr J

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:35 PM

That is a beautiful fork! I hope you many hours of joy on this forum of incredibly talented individuals. To get the most out of it,mparticipate, and ask a lot of questions.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 06:39 PM

Great fork, yes save all that walnut, man!  That's good stuff.  :thumbsup:



#13 All Buns Glazing

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 01:08 AM

Anyone thinking the forks are a bit long? (very easily remedied)

Time will tell when you're shooting it. If it's too much strain on your wrist, you could take a cm or two off the forks maybe. Remember, you can remove material, but can't so easily add it back on :)


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Posted 05 July 2013 - 01:19 AM

Hi there, walnut is really nice, forks looking good too. Keep us posted when its banded.

#15 PorkChopSling

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 01:21 AM

I remember my first natural fork, it was beefy too. Nice fork and great color pattern in the wood!!

#16 Vetryan15

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 05:33 AM

I love naturals that have character,

#17 OldSchool

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:22 AM

Anyone thinking the forks are a bit long? (very easily remedied)

Time will tell when you're shooting it. If it's too much strain on your wrist, you could take a cm or two off the forks maybe. Remember, you can remove material, but can't so easily add it back on :)

I agree after you get it banded you may end up cutting it down a bit because of wrist strain. You may also consider a slot in the front to reduce the possibility of band slippage. And you are correct, The holes are oozing with character as well as "beetle juice" 



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Posted 05 July 2013 - 02:18 PM

i was thinking the same thing as abg when looking at the pics shortening the forks might help with wrist strain and keep the fork from shaking during aiming just my  :twocents: it is a very nice shooter oozing with character you did a sweet job on her ifab by the way welcome to the forum :wave:



#19 Can-Opener

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 11:37 PM

Looks like fun!

#20 f00by

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 12:19 AM

That is a purdy fork my friend :)






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