The freaky looking Madrona tree grows in the Pacific Northwest but it isn't used much for woodworking because of its tendency to crack as it dries... I recently discovered a grove of them in a nearby park where I harvested some forks from fallen trees... the wood smells like watermelon when cut and has a nice pinkish coloration so I wanted to make a slingshot out of one despite the crackiness... this one here is probably the most massive grip one can find on a slingshot but I have a tendency to like chunky designs plus I wanted to keep that line of dark spalting in the wood... maybe almost too thick to be practical but I have not banded it up yet... meet WHOMPA! Furthermore, I am thinking that some others here would like to try their design hand with a Madrona fork so I'm offering a trade the five chunky natural forks below (left to right: madrona, madrona, quaking aspen, poplar, mystery birch?) to anyone who might want to... send me a PM! NOTE!!!! THEY ARE NOW SPOKEN FOR! Happy trails!