Talking on SNs chalice; I can't seem to post pics to reply. Here is a SS, pre-finish, (kinda of my MO) with ply applied for strength.. just in case.
During my "conduit project" (more to come, as now it turns and I have also made what I feel is the better solution) BUT ANYWAY I grabbed this rotten tree fork I collected and just started having at it.
2 slingshots during the same hours at the bench, work on one, put it down, work on the other.
The wood was kinda coming off in that mealy sort of way, and very easy for maple, though seemed strong I did not trust my little fork bases. So, I applied 3/16s hobby ply to the face of the forks.
This is even after the "sculpt" so my glue lines are a bit big; but I will stain the whole thing dark and it will be ok.
Early on in my SS making I had a fork break on a thick poplar board cut, thank God
on the outgoing shot (107s) and not the pulling back. Taught me a lesson quick. -CD