Gnarly Mesquite Hammer

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by JoergS, May 30, 2013.

  1. JoergS

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    John from Texas gave me this natural fork. It was very rustic, and obviously the grubs had been at it for some time. Seems like it was dead for at least a year, bone dry for sure.

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    First, I removed the bark. The grub canals came to dailight quickly.

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    I then decided upon the shape. I wanted to retain the forward canted angle of the fork, and at the same time I needed enough solid wood to make this a functional, strong slingshot. Took me while.

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    Then I cut the front and back. The typical hammer handle shape emerged for the first time. You can also see that the grub holes aren't that bad.

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    I closed the grub canals with a mix of the wood's own sawdust and tow component epoxy glue.

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    Then, I filed everything flush and started the sandpaper work. Here you can see it at the 80 grit stage.

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    This is the final slingshot, all polished and oiled (raw linseed oil)!

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    Some more pics of the beautiful frame:

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  2. Maulwurfsurfer

    Maulwurfsurfer Junior Member

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    WOW, those is a damn nice colored wood! I love it!
    Very good work!
     

  3. Very nice wood and very nice work!

    Joe
     
  4. Antraxx

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    Almost black and amost white in one natural fork...stunning grain and beautiful shaping!
     
  5. Saderath

    Saderath Senior Member

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    Ow that grain is awesome!
     
  6. jt-1911

    jt-1911 Senior Member ProPlatinum

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    Ohh wow that grain is incredible!!! Awesome to see the transformation :)
     
  7. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    Awesome, very nice!!!
     
  8. Courier

    Courier Senior Member

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    Awesome slingshot, Jörg!
    Mesquite is a very beautiful wood. :)
     
  9. Loei

    Loei New Member

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    Splendid work! The wood was beautiful, and you gave it a shape that I find very artistic...
     
  10. Lars

    Lars The Evil Genious

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  11. Flipgun

    Flipgun Well-Known Member

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    Great save! "...From Chaos, Order is carved...."
     
  12. stej

    stej New Member

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    Really like that one!
     
  13. Brazilviking

    Brazilviking Thread Hijacker

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    I loved it too. But every moorhammer seem so smal in your hand!hahahaha
     
  14. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    +1 to all above. Niiice work! :)
     
  15. WeoponsofElection

    WeoponsofElection senior member

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    sweet i couldn't do that with power tools
     
  16. slingpit

    slingpit Slingshot addicted

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    What can i say. PERFECT
     
  17. thechristiantodd

    thechristiantodd New Member

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    That has got to be one of the nicest wood grains I've seen on a slingshot. Beautiful work as always Joerg.
     
  18. Znaz

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    That is one gorgeous slingshot. I'm always amazed at how withered and battered wood can make the most beautiful things.