OK, I have never presented a natural fork so far. The reason is that it is hard to find a natural that has a low and wide enough fork, which is what I prefer.
A friend of mine challenged me to make a "Phoenix" design from a natural, and I accepted.
This is the outcome:
Yes, it is a natural fork. It doesn't look like a natural at all, right?
Here is where I started from. Real big, but with the typical narrow fork that doesn't work well for me. But enough "meat" to carve it to my liking. I don't know which wood it is, bark and leafs look like beech, but the trees have nasty thorns.
Next, I removed the bark and properly microwaved it.
Then I cut of the fork arms and changed the angle on the handle. I drilled in 8mm holes and bend 8 mm threaded rods so the angle is just right.
Glued everything together with epoxy.
Took the rasp. 90 minutes later, the rough shape was done.
Then the sanding job.
Several layers of black spray paint, to de-naturalize it further.
Then sanding with very fine sandpaper to achieve the plastic-like sheen:
A very strong slingshot, perfect weight and fork dimensions.