Forks from a fallen trees

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by Suntrail, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. Suntrail

    Suntrail Junior Member

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    Hello everyone!

    My name is Christian and this is my first post. I think it's only right to show today's harvest. :) It comes from a fallen birch, a fallen beech (I think) and dead wood.
    I have made one slingshot in the past, of hazel. Then I lost interest and the joy of making another one. But now that I've found these forks I feel the energy building up again.

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    Starting top row, left to right:

    1: Birch
    2 & 3: Dead wood of some kind
    4: Beech


    Bottom row, left to right:

    1: A fatty lump of birch that I will carve into shape. :)
    2, 3 & 4: Beech. Number 3 will be shaped in some way.

    The small one at the bottom end is also birch and I will shape it a little bit but I hope it will be a cute little micro shooter. :)

    That's it! Feel free to reply.
     
  2. dontask

    dontask Member

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    nice harvest. welcome and enjoy building.
     

  3. bigdh2000

    bigdh2000 Administrator

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    Excellent collection. Commence work, we'll see you next year when you finish them all. :D
     
  4. Jeb

    Jeb Baba Hunter

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    Some beauty forks there. Looking forward to seeing what you build. Welcome!
     
  5. seppman

    seppman Folding-Ladder Expert

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    Welcome to the forum and let us see your new builds then please! Some promising forks there...
     
  6. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    Sweet looking forks. I look forward to seeing what you do with them.
     
  7. Suntrail

    Suntrail Junior Member

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    Thank you, guys! It's so nice of you to comment. :)
    In south Sweden we had a huge storm the other night that was all over the national news. Gorm was the name of the storm and it broke some massive trees which provided me with a couple of new forks! :)
    It's mostly birch but I found a nice looking maple fork as well. It's the middle one in the top row. The second one from the right in the bottom row is a brilliant fork, with a bent handle, almost like a pistol. I'm telling you, this means work and serious business. :)

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  8. seppman

    seppman Folding-Ladder Expert

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    Have some fun and don't forget to dry them before!
     
  9. Suntrail

    Suntrail Junior Member

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    Thanks for the heads up, seppman! Actually I store them on my radiators. :) It keeps them warm and cozy!
     
  10. nottoyslingshots

    nottoyslingshots Natural Slingshots Enthusiast

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    Hello there and great find!
    The big and chunky ones have great potential, put them to good use.
     
  11. Belargo

    Belargo Mad Scientist

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    Be careful, that way you have the highest risk for cracks.
    Either leave them outside in a spot where they don't get rained upon for 1 to 2 years, or dry them really quickly in the oven or the microwave.
     
  12. Suntrail

    Suntrail Junior Member

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    I appreciate your concern, Belargo. I may be a newbie when it comes to making slingshots but I've handled and stored wood of this sort before. :) The radiators works just fine for me and the wood dries nicely.
     
  13. Belargo

    Belargo Mad Scientist

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    Ok, cool.
    How long does it take to get them dry enough to work with?
     
  14. Suntrail

    Suntrail Junior Member

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    Well, sometimes one month and sometimes longer. I don't think that I've ever done it more than 4-5 months though. Then I peel of the bark and feel the the wood. After that I determine if it needs more time on the radiator or not. It's more of a feeling than it is exact science, if you know what I mean. :)