I am an avid outdoorsman. I've been a hunter and fisherman my whole life. I'm an avid kayaker, boater, motorcylist, photographer and tinkerer. I've had more hobbies than I can remember. I'm married (40 years) with two boys. Slingshots are especially fun because I have to stay fairly close to home most of the time (my oldest son is on a ventilator with around-the-clock nursing). A slingshot turns the whole world into a target.
I thought I would run a little contest. What I am looking for is a nice natural with some of the bark left on it. How much is left on is up to you, though there should be enough bark that it is obviously part of the design. Here are three naturals from my gallery to give you an idea of what I am thinking of:
The prize will be a Kangaroo "pouch" naturally made by males of the species, with a lanyard and a magnetic dispenser set up for 7/16 steel balls.
Let's run it until midnight May 6th.
Let's see what you've got.
Note: I have decide to do a second Bark-On contest at the end of the summer. It will give everyone a chance to keep an eye out throughout the summer for that fork that has something "just a little different". I'll make a "Boiled Leather Ammo Pouch" as a prize then. They're pretty cool.
Throughout the years there have been several Altoids Tin slingshot competitions, the last two run by Charles and me. For the last competition I made a shooter that I have kept as a backup in my motorcycle bag (since I sponsored the competition I don't think I entered mine at the time). Recently my left neck has been acting up so I dug out the old Altoids shooter because it is symmetrical and I can shoot right handed with it.
I'm liking is so much that it has become my everyday shooter. The bands are 3/4 inch x 1/2 x 13.5 inches so it is a small game hunter using 7/16 steel.
I always have a slingshot in my pocket and carrying this one loaded and ready to go is so simple and easy that I was thinking if anyone was interested in a small slingshot that will handle any bands you want to put on it that this might be if interest them.
BTW, my slingshots - because I always carry - have to be small and fit comfortably in my pocket. Small, strong, yet comfortable is what I am looking for. Very, very basic. This one is made of 1/4 inch silk micarta and is only 3 inches by 3.5 inches when unfolded and set up (I leave it set up so I can pre-load it and shoot it quickly).
Awhile back we were talking ugly slingshots and the idea of an "ugly slingshot competition" came up.
I think it's time.
The contest will run from today through Saturday February 25th.
The slingshot must be "ugly". The trick is what is ugly. I'm not talking about just an unfinished chunk of wood or a fork fresh off a tree. Unconventional might be another word. Burls, cracks, knots, odd mechanical stuff, small, big. Odd. Odd might be a another word. One of those board cut experiments or that natural fork that has crazy twists and turns. Weird. We'll have to work it out as we go. I suppose it can even be beautiful in it's unconventionality.
It must be finished.
It must be able to shoot.
The prize will be a couple of feet of TBG and a rotary cutter - unless the winner is outside of the USA, in which case I'll just send off enough cash (US) to purchase your own where you live.