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  1. Show off your homemades!
    Hello everyone! This is another Rambone-style slim grip frame, made from a piece of ash with fiery spalting figures. After treating a few soft spots with CA glue, it got a decorative stack of veneer glued in (beech, ash and wenge). After sanding to 320 grit, three layers of solvent based...
  2. Show off your homemades!
    Hi guys, This is the final unpublished build from last year. It is made from a deadwood fork of unknown species. There wasn’t a lot of material to work with, especially in the lower part of the handle. But since the grain was very interesting, and the recipient requested a slim handle anyway...
  3. Show off your homemades!
    Hey, Y'All... This was a quick build as is with natties like this... didn't need to use the rasp much. Filled the cracks with fine gold glitter and CA... although I'm going to stick to mixing wood glue next time with the glitter as working with CA was messy... going along with the theme of...
  4. Show off your homemades!
    Hey, Y'All. I wanted to make another pinch-grip OTT like my other pinch-grip Juno so here she is and she is kind of feminine looking BUT there is something very eerie and perhaps sinister about this build. First, this was a very old standing dead tree alongside a prominent trail. It actually...
  5. Show off your homemades!
    I refinished an older build with TruOil and I'm digging the results. The bands are 1.25x8inch black Simpleshot, great for 5-15g ammo. It came off an old limb and I was skeptical but the core looked solid and this proved true after ripping through layers of crumbly wood and ancient worm...
  6. Trader's corner
    ...one badass slingshot builder! I opened a package from the great Brazilian Viking today (thanks again, Dr. Raul!) and it was like a cornucopia of slingshot goodness... a stainless steel braced slingshot that can be quickly modified for bow or shot (both band options included), two beautiful...
  7. Show off your homemades!
    After joining the forum a few months ago, I decided to make my own slingshot! It is technically my second slingshot, but the first one was made of spare slingshot parts and a really boring straight-Y fork, so I wouldn't really count it! I went searching in my local woods for forks, and after an...
  8. Show off your homemades!
    Hey y'all. I wanted to make another pinch-grip type of shooter because my only other one was my conus build (EGV). Plus, I haven't made any since last year so my craving to build was high. Madrona tree forks are the only deadwood fork I want to work on now. I've made about 10 so far and the...
  9. Show off your homemades!
    It's been a while since I did some shooting so I bought some of that new black rubber from Simple Shot and setup four of my shooters (from top left clockwise): Toohoolhoolzote, Troll-knuckle, Warhorn, and Piper-spirit. Inspiration: ON. :) Tomorrow I shall kill some cans.
  10. Show off your homemades!
    Hello again! Today I want to show you a frame that I made for a very dear friend of mine. She has smaller hands, so I went for a slender hazel fork. The frame is sculpted for hammer grip as well as support style, which I feel is suitable for a beginner. The end was chopped, doweled and a stack...
  11. Show off your homemades!
    This natural fork was a badass chunk of pine with layers of sapwood that had crystallized the wood into a stone-like hardness... when you turn the wood the metallic looking layers shift hue from brassy to whitish gold... and there is some quilting visible as well... the stubby V-grip shape has...
  12. Show off your homemades!
    This shooter epitomizes what I'm aiming for in my build style: chunky grip, meaty fork, odd yet functional shape, high-character deadwood, slight asymmetry, dorky yet intimidating... :D The two "tooth roots" make for a really comfy and supportive grip but I have not banded it up yet... I think...
  13. Show off your homemades!
    I had some anger issues to work out today so I grabbed a willow fork I had and went at it... while rasping I noticed the phloem was dark and hard enough so that if I routed out a pattern it could contrast... which would give me another chance to try using my dremmel tool. :D ... created some...
  14. Show off your homemades!
    I wanted to try making something like Sepp's lobster shape and I found a really old maple fork that worked out well but I didn't like the handle feel so I hacked it off... I replaced it with a narrower grip that my small finger can wrap around nicely... it is attached with glue and a 1/4inch hex...
  15. Show off your homemades!
    Many firsts for me here on this build... first time gluing wood: started with a poplar fork (shown below with a 1/4inch hole drilled to locate the vertex of the forks), then madrona, then apple, all nicely seasoned... I used those bands you get in the hospital to "clamp" it... it cracked because...
  16. Show off your homemades!
    I seem to be determined to re-work a bunch of my early slingshot builds and again my modus operandi is taking the largish frames and hewing them down to some grip-shapes that I now prefer...WHOMPA is now similar in feel to my last build (Grimtooth)... it originally came from a large and burly...
  17. Show off your homemades!
    I'm sure the slingshot builders here can empathize with me and know that some of your early slingshot builds don't measure up when you look back at them... for these two I didn't like their shapes anymore but fortunately I make some pretty beefy frames so I just worked them down to something...
  18. Show off your homemades!
    I made these two as a pair for my buddy and his son... I experimented with a different finish by using Loctite GO2 Glue which is a polyurethane/polyoxysilane lab creation so it is clear durable and strong but slightly flexible giving a rubber-like tactile feel to it... I'm not sure if I would do...
  19. Trader's corner
    This symmetrical bark-on beauty was part of a trade with TatManDan85... Thanks, buddy! Don't let this natural fork fool you... it is impervious to fire and will kill a dragon with a one hit between the eyes! The flag of Wales insert is part of the magic... Meet DRAGOBANE!
  20. Show off your homemades!
    Earlier today I wasn't even planning on starting this one let alone posting to the forum... it took under 3 hours this evening to get it to this stage from saw and rasp to 220grit and rubbed in mineral oil... the reason was the deadwood was very crumbly in a lot of spots and powdery too yet it...
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