2012 East Coast Slingshot Tournament Fundraiser

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Flippinout, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. Flippinout

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    At the conclusion of the 2010 ECST, Jim Harris and I were discussing how much we enjoy and value the event. That conversation led us to the question of "how can we give back and support" the event? Well, we both love slingshots and competition and we both are craftsmen. The answer seemed obvious, so here is what we came up with...<br><br>We decided to collaborate on a building a slingshot together in order to auction it off and donate 100% of the proceeds to the 2012 East Coast Slingshot Tournament. Although the tournament is put on by lots of volunteer time and energy, it still takes some capital above and beyond the entry fees to make sure the event runs smooth.<br><br>So, back in the summer, Jim and I contacted Patty to make sure that this would be acceptable and she gave us her blessings. Jim and I got right to work. We decided to make a FlippinOut Slingshots design using the Performance Catapults proprietary construction method.<br><br>I began by having a friend of mine who owns a waterjet, cut out an "Axiom" blank from 6061 Aluminum. I sent this blank to Jim and he began the laminating work. We decided that the woods and materials used in this frame needed to be extra special! So, Jim began by laminating black G10 to the aluminum core. The next layer was Osage Orange, but not just any Osage. This Osage came from the late Jay Schott himself(the founder and driver behind the ECST experience)! Jay gave Jim and I each a board of Osage at last years shoot and we felt it was not only appropriate to use that very wood, but it also looks like a million bucks! Finally, we decided to use Cocobolo on the outside lamination, as very few woods speak "class" like Cocobolo.<br><br>At this point, Jim sent the frame back to me and I began the shaping. Once I got it, I added the palmswells which are made from Ebony with a Sapele Mahogany Spacer. I worked out the final shape and began the polishing process. I then once again mailed it back to Jim and he did all the engraving on the frame. Jim once again sent it back to me for the final, final polishing and finishing. The frame has been finished in over 10 coats of my FlippinOut proprietary oil/wax finish to bring out the depth of beauty in the wood, each coat hand rubbed and polished. The wood now feels like butter and the laminations flow into one another seamlessly.<br><br>You will notice that this frame is labeled "1 of 1". As this is the only slingshot in the world built like this by the craftsmen behind FlippinOut Slingshots and Performance Catapults. Although we may collaborate more in the future, we will never again recreate this combination of materials and design. We really want this slingshot to have meaning!<br><br>Enough about the story of how it was made....<br><br>Here is what we are doing-<br><br>This slingshot is being auctioned off on Ebay to the highest bidder. The auction ends on November 6, 2011 and the bidding starts at $150 USD. You can find it here<br><br>Upon completion of the auction, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to support the upcoming 2012 East Coast Slingshot Tournament. So, please bid with confidence knowing that your purchase goes to support the largest and most popular slingshot event in the world today! Now, you might be thinking "if it is the largest and most popular why does it need funding?"<br><br>Well, "largest and most popular" is a very relative phrase and we expect a much, much larger turnout for the event in 2012. As such, we want to make sure that the funds are in place to allow for the best experience possible to all who attend. The event is driven by many volunteer hours and kind support but it still take capital to pull it off.<br><br>So, bid high and bid often. We want to see this event be THE premier slingshot event worldwide and with your support we can do it!<br><br><a href="http://www.ebay.com/itm/FlippinOut-Slingshots-Performance-Catapults-ECST-Benefit-Auction-/290625498465?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D5%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D3794445932371161311#ht_853wt_1270" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Link to Auction on Ebay</a><br><br><a href="http://youtu.be/aNaVsLAZuoY" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Link to YouTube Video</a><br><br><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4kcsQnOEyQQ/Tql8_lxjUnI/AAAAAAAAAqc/7U0-j-EEMWo/s512/IMG_3599.JPG" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-WWLSqvF0pno/Tql9BAqWtxI/AAAAAAAAAqg/C3ruE3CGXdc/s912/IMG_3601.JPG" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-TSakQKH0wb0/Tql9Bqs4_BI/AAAAAAAAAqk/DK4ah4hXGcQ/s800/IMG_3602.JPG" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-d32qKqDPDGg/Tql9CTCOI6I/AAAAAAAAAqo/nHzpkXXQMXU/s800/IMG_3603.JPG" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-a1PBVMz5R9A/Tql8-4ZT_wI/AAAAAAAAAqY/yFwehaZELCk/s912/IMG_3598.JPG" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RFWtdujk3Lc/Tql87-BzWDI/AAAAAAAAAqU/i21N_Tn6K3o/s512/IMG_3593.JPG" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-Za5dp2hwnQI/Tql85koS4vI/AAAAAAAAAqQ/g0tE1D2UzPY/s512/IMG_3589.JPG" border="0" alt="">
     
  2. Cuthbert Allgood

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    that shooter looks awesome. I am not a big fan of the etching of Performance Catapults into the core. Is it possible to stamp the letters into the core instead of etching them in like that? I just think it takes away from the finished product.<br>overall , its amazing . great work , you two. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     

  3. Flippinout

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    I am sure that it is possible to stamp or laser engrave, however, that is how Performance Catapults does their labeling and the slingshot above is a one time thing.
     
  4. JoergS

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    Great slingshot, and a noble mission. I have placed my bid. Now I am in a great situation - if I get the slingshot, that's great. If I don't, hey, hooray ECST!
     
  5. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    I love the story and sling shot <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"> Hate the price though <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9"> looks like Joerg will win this one!
     
  6. Cuthbert Allgood

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    i love the price.. its well worth much more than 150. If i wasn't scrounging for pennies, I would place a bid too.<br>
     
  7. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    That's my problem too bj. More and more every day
     
  8. JoergS

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Ryan Wigglesworth wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote"> looks like Joerg will win this one!</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Well, someone beat me already.... too bad. But great for the ECST!</span>
     
  9. Flippinout

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    Bid again Jorg!! It is for a great cause and neither Jim or myself would sell this slingshot for much less than the current bid.<br><br>Either way we all win and thanks for getting the bid up there!
     
  10. JoergS

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    I bid again, could not resist. For now, I am the highest bidder! But there are 9 days more...<br><br>If I can get it for anywhere near the price I have in mind, it will be a major steal as the value will go up tremendously.
     
  11. Flippinout

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    Thank you Jorg! You are a true advocate of the sport and passion of slingshots
     
  12. JoergS

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    Rats! Outbidded again... will have to talk to my wife... maybe we can go on a diet over christmas... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  13. tommy

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    hey guys,<br> have you heard of "bidnapper"?<br> I have never used it, but it guarantees you the item up to the price you want. A friend of mine uses it, and never misses an item!<br><a href="https://www.bidnapper.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.bidnapper.com/</a><br><br>Good luck
     
  14. tommy

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    Forgot to say, <br>good luck ECST, <br>great cause, beautiful slingshot!
     
  15. Flippinout

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    Only a few hours left!!<br><br>This slingshot will be worth twice the auction amount in no time and is a truly one of a kind slingshot!<br><br>Support the ECST! Bid High!
     
  16. JoergS

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    Yipeee! I got it. <br><br>It was a major steal at 365 dollars. I got it way below my bidding max, which was 500 dollars. <br><br>Therefore, I am topping up the sum by 135 dollars, as a donation to the ECST. <br><br>Jörg
     
  17. Flatband

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    Great job Joerg! You got an awesome slingshot from two wonderful craftsman and the proceeds all go to the ECST.To make it even better,you donate the extra bid money you didn't need-don't get no classier then that.Excellent!!!!!!!! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28"> Flatband
     
  18. CEZ

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    That's a very nice looking slingshot and has a background, deserves the price I think.<br>Grats Joerg!
     
  19. Hrawk

    Hrawk Hedonistic Decedance

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    All I can say Joerg is WOW !<br><br>You da man!
     
  20. Tobias

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    well done Jörg! good for the tournament and a very nice Slingshot in your collection!