Hazel( i think?!) Natural Hammer PFS

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by tokSick, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Hi folks,
    I didn' t have a lot of time to start a new boardcut these last weeks and still have a lot of unfinished things to do. I thought, why not add one to the ( long) list, i have some free time! :D
    Here is a fork i picked up at the ESSC 2013.
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    I found it next to a hazel tree. It was a long/big piece so i had to break it( had no knive) at the spot i will be able to and that was too thin for a slingshot :eek:. I' ve put it between two trees and made lever to break it at a decent thickness.

    This is what i made out of it today...
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    I never used a tiny fork in hammer grip!
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    I will use a protection and watch all Arturo' s shooting tutorials just in case. ;)
    Still have the sanding/oiling job to do...
    Thanks for watching
     
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  2. Antraxx

    Antraxx #7

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    Nice one. The spalting gives a lot of character to that little shooter.
     

  3. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    I wish i was able to reproduce the " rotting" process on other shooters. It must be possible somehow.
     
  4. Brazilviking

    Brazilviking Thread Hijacker

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    Amazing! Beautifully shaped!
    I have this "rotting" in my tangerine shooter too, it's so nice, isn't it?
    Now I aways have a speciel eye for dead forks!
     
  5. dolomite

    dolomite Banned

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    damn thats a purty lil fork, toksick! there has to be a way to introduce the mold that makes the spalting, i've thought about it but it's above my pay grade.
     
  6. NickF

    NickF New Member

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    looks great! How long did it take to get from pic 1 to pic 2?
     
  7. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Thankzz Doc!
    Yours look more nice not only because you make awesome shooters but also because it is more "rotten" than mine. :D It is meant to be a compliment. ;)


    Thank you my friend! I think to get a similar result, leaving a fork in a puddle for a while( checking sometimes) would do it.

    Thanks man! It took me +-1 hour but it was already cuted approximately to a slingshot shape. The cuts i made today were made with the rasp( yeah it is possible ;) ).
     
  8. NickF

    NickF New Member

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    one hour! wow, that is pretty efficient work
     
  9. Antraxx

    Antraxx #7

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    Well, just collect forks and leave them outside in the weather.
    Will take a few months, but thats basically it.
     
  10. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    You can be sure i' ll try that! ;) Thanks.
     
  11. artons

    artons New Member

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    that's fantastic! i love the bouble colour of the wood
    and i bet that i will be even more amazing when oiled
     
  12. Withak

    Withak aka Whitehawk!

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    Wow, I really like the shape of that one. I've got several forks to work with and I really like seeing where folks go with the natural forks. I don't always see the more stylized shape like this. I'm hoping by watching folks like you I'll get better at peering deeper into the wood for that shape!
     
  13. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    Really nice one!!

    (looks like beech to me?-
    the wood fungus found a home already..
    better keep it really dry!)
     
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  14. Jeremy

    Jeremy Senior member who totally rocks a pink Scout! Pink

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    I love the design. Can't ask for a nicer start to a slingshot.
     
  15. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Thanks guys ;)

    At first i wanted to make a regular slingshot but the forks were too asymmetrical for my taste.
    I will probably change the shape of the handle, not much, when the forks and sanding will be done.

    I am not sure about the wood but as i found it next to an hazel tree... The other trees next to it were small and the branch i found was pretty big. I am sure about the tree because there was hazels on it.
    The fork is really porous because it was in the rain and mud for a long time. It completly dried very quickly( two warm days) and didn' t crack at all.
     
  16. slingpit

    slingpit Slingshot addicted

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    Great work.
    When i saw the first picture, i never thought that is possible to make anything out of this rotten thing.
    You have taught me of a better one.
    Cheers
    Peter
     
  17. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    Thankzz slingpit.
    When i picked up the fork i thought " That one wont be good for making a slingshot". But i remembered Joerg made beautiful pieces with forks that were almost rotten, so i decided to try. Today i' ll stay home and will try to finish it( the weather suxx here!)
     
  18. slingpit

    slingpit Slingshot addicted

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    Same here. It's best "slingshot making weather" here.
     
  19. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    Very nice work mate! :)
     
  20. flicks

    flicks ...lost in the woods....

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    That is a fantastic PFS tokSick. The rotten wood came out really nice. Very well done, thanks for sharing! :cool: