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These days my father were cutting off some old plump trees in our garden.I asked him to wait a minute before cutting it to 1meter pieces, and saw me out some forks for slinsghots. Because he s a real nice father he did it.....
<br>then i took them into the workshop( i dont now if its the right word..its the place to work with differnt materials)<br>..then i strated to take of the bark...
<br>i used the "schäleisen" (its a tool witch was used to cut of the bark of big trees..<br><br>then i started to work a little bit with it...
<br>then i noticed a "litlle" cut of the cainsaw in the fork <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_mad.gif" alt="Mad" longdesc="8"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_mad.gif" alt="Mad" longdesc="8"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_mad.gif" alt="Mad" longdesc="8"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_mad.gif" alt="Mad" longdesc="8">...
<br>then i putted it into the ofen for driing
<br>tomorow i will work a little bit more on it an post some new pictures
 

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I let my forks dry in the cellar, but the microwave/oven method also works fine.<br><br>Waiting for more pics to come <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
 

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hi guys.....i`m really sad to say that...but over night there apeard tow really big and horrilble cracks in the slingshot... it´s totally ruined <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3">
 

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aaawh, sucks dude <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3">
 

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Anyway post a pic, cracks sometimes can be repaired with epoxy.
 

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The story of my life... I HATE CRACKS!!!!<br>I' ve found out leaving the fork drying for some month is the best way to avoid cracks( I HATE CRACKS). I left the almond fork for about six month before making a slingshot out of it. That one was eaten by the worms but no cracks( AAAHHH, I HATE CRACKS).<br>PS: Did i mention that i hate cracks????
 

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dont throw it out yet! even deep cracks that go to the center of the wood can be repaired, it is kind of part of making natural slingshots, you can sometimes fill the cracks with something that will improve the looks of the slingshot, like twine or copper wire. On one of my naturals there were several large holes from growths that i filled with solder and it looked really cool! here are the pics <br><br><a href="/t2884-hurricane-hunter">http://theslingshotforum.forumotion.com/t2884-hurricane-hunter</a><br><br>And the other possibility if you are worried about strength is to make a PFS where there is very little strain on the actual slingshot.
 

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same happend to me with the cracks, i made it from a natural and i was drying it near a fire and it cracked, you need low temperatures if you want to dry them out, well at least we learn from our mistakes
 

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yeah i would save that, make it a "utility slingshot" one you take with you that it would not be a huge loss if it was lost or broken, I have a couple i keep in my hiking back pack or in the car. if you find the cracks uncomfortable in your hand you can wrap the handle in cord or fill them with something like wood filler. and another thing next time cut the fresh fork much bigger than you plan to make the actual sling shot ( i am talking an extra 25-30 centameters on each branch) then leave it to dry for a while (a couple weeks or longer, depends on how wet the wood is) then start working it <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>PS you can strip the bark before you dry it if the bark comes off easy (i am thinking fresh maple branches were the bark can be peeled with only your finger nails, not sure what kind of trees are in Germany).
 

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When i make my natural slingshots and wood carvings, I find a really thick piece of wood and slowly carve my way in and I don't dry it in the oven. I think the high heat of the oven might cause the water inside the wood to evaporate too fast . The gas'll build up and eventually crack the wood to get out.
 

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I work with wood a lot and it is actually the wood fibers contracting from water loss so if you dry it out slowly they can stretch and conform to each other so it wont crack(most of the time) <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
 
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