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"Pygmalion" - the taming of a natural fork


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#1 JoergS

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 03:26 AM


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:

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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.

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Next, I removed the bark and properly microwaved it.

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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.

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Glued everything together with epoxy.

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Took the rasp. 90 minutes later, the rough shape was done.

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Then the sanding job.

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Several layers of black spray paint, to de-naturalize it further.

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Then sanding with very fine sandpaper to achieve the plastic-like sheen:

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A very strong slingshot, perfect weight and fork dimensions.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 04:14 AM

Nice work there Jörg. But doesn't adding metal rods kind of take something away from a natural? It'd be unnatural for a natural fork to have metal rods growing in itPosted Image.
I like the look of a phoenix in black though. Awesome job.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 04:33 AM

Great ,, but its not a natural anymore.



#4 JoergS

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 04:39 AM

Well, the wood is still the same...

It is still a natural, but a heavily denaturalized one.

The 8mm rods are needed for stability. Just the glue would not work.

Of course I could have made the thing from a boardcut, but I just wanted to win the challenge.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 04:43 AM

Natural, based on natural ?

PS.

I am admiring the way you obtain the top "channel" (don't know the specific name)

What kind of tools do you use to do this : rasp, papersand, or others?

Thanks

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:10 AM

Ah, the attachment groove?

I use a thin, straight round file (diameter approx. 6mm)and file in the groove. It works, but is always a bit uneven.

Then I tear a thin stripe of coarse sandpaper (the one that really isn't paper, but textile), thin I enough so it fits in the groove. I clamp the frame into the vise and go around. This nicely rounds the groove.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:34 AM

I've learned a new word today !

Sometimes reverso is too busy, I can't open it.

I will try the way you do the "attachment groove".

Thanks so much for your help.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:49 AM

It's a Victor von Fronkensteen (mispronunciation deliberate) natural fork ;)

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:53 AM

congrats! you made a but-ugly natural into a shiny sparkle hybrid :D

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 06:12 AM

I bet you had fun making it Jorg

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 06:17 AM

Well, as you can see in the pictures, it did offer some resistance. The thorns got me in three places, one near the root of my thumb. Quite nasty.

Still it was fun, and the outcome is pleasing. Just knowing that this used to be a "butt ugly" natural before I tamed it is nice.

It is a Cyborg Natural!

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 06:32 AM

Nice work again Jorg, very well done :)

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 08:32 AM

This is a very clever design indeed :thumbsup: ,......... seing the finished slingshot frame , I'd never have thought , that it was made from a natural tree fork .

The threaded steel rods are also well-suited for the purpose , as they provide a much better and stronger epoxy bond rather than "ordinary" plain rods could have achieved .

Not quite sure , but I guess that I know the kinda wood that you've used , but right now I can't think of a name as well , .........does that tree carry red berries(not suitable for human consumption)?

Anyway , great idea about making a slingshot this way , really an out-of-the-box design :thumbsup: !

greetz , Holzwurm :wave:

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 01:15 PM

If I don't win the Cougar

I would be very happy and very honored to receive this Cyborg Natural !!!

Great work, Jörg,

Congrats

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 05:38 PM

is that safe? ik you added the metal rods but it still dosent seem 100% safe to me?

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 06:45 PM

i would trust anything with rods in it more than a board cut. next to metal the safest wood slingshot is a sturdy "true" natural. the above slingshot is 99% safe (nothing is 100%). i make self bows and have my fair share of high quality staves blow up on me for no apparent reason. all i'm saying is, wood can be unpredictable. if the above slingshot did "fail" the forks would just bend a bit.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 08:27 PM

Very cool! Way to make it work your way!

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:11 PM

Jorg
I have been harvesting forks and I have a few that may suite you.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 09:27 PM

I also have a fork that could make a true natural pheonix, i'll post a pic tomorrow.

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 10:17 PM

I just saw this. That is great!




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