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Tree fork for drumstick grip

20 April 2017 - 06:14 PM

The fork used for the drumstick grip is your typical straight branch with kick right/left depending on your grip.  It is a narrow, pinch grip so it is shot straight wrist / fist, with forks cocked to the side.


Carve your pinch, something around 2" is about right.  The center of the grip is high for the palm swell and then both sides fall off like a turtle shell.


Go small where your pinky lands and then carve whatever forks you like.   The grip is longer in this picture as I always leave a handle while I carve and then cut the butt later in the build. -CD

Apple, drumstick grip, top slots, OTT - no finish 220 sand

20 April 2017 - 01:52 PM

I had to try this.  My first attempt failed on a TTF oak that I am carving.  I had a little right kick, apple fork and had to try again.  IT WORKS!  Very good shooter.


Here are some pointers from a first time top slots.  You don't want the slots too wide but you have to be able to get your roll through it when stretched, so just open slots a little at a time.  


You do want to roll as youllshootyoureyeout shows you, not just a fold or 2.   You want to roll the band so when installed, the pull is against the wood and not the roll.  


YshootY I Out shows the ears sticking out after install; here's a tip - stretch the roll and work into the slot, then don't let go of the ears, pinch on the sides of the fork top with one hand and straighten the band out with the other

then slowly release the "ears" and the band will stay nice, centered and flat.


The drumstick grip (looks like a chicken drumstick) is such a natural pointer and is based on the C-Shot in my gallery. -CD

What's in your pocket?

30 March 2017 - 11:04 AM

With the snow clearing here in Maine, I found a SS I put together for the kids last fall out in the yard.  The Tru-oil held up well with just a little splitting on the face of the ply.  I can see where they had some ammo hits just above the handle.

SS detective work.  


In 2014 I was design crazy and did a bunch of drawings for tube style and OTT style 5" SS's.  C-Shot, Moose Shot, Tactical, the V...; this is one I called Longhorn.  I never spent much time with it.  


Finding it, I banded it up and it has been riding in my shirt pocket for a few weeks now, shooting daily.  Held as shown, there is no hand slap and it's really a good little shooter. -CD

One for the G-Man

27 March 2017 - 08:04 AM

I have liked ggustafsson style of natural SS's from the first one I saw on the forum.  This one is going to him with a little care package.  I think it's a birch I collected in 2014, removed the bark and let sit.  I tried to keep some of the under-bark for color.  The knot on hand side reminds me of the eye of a bird.  This SS will be set up and tested for smaller steel ammo. -CD

No, really do you carve?

01 March 2017 - 08:12 AM

This photo was supposed to be attached!  Thanks again! -CD

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