Privet Fork

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by Kyl, Nov 5, 2011.

  1. Kyl

    Kyl New Member

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    After carving on various pieces of plastic I wanted to dig into some wood. I also wanted to use something common that grows everywhere. I have several walking sticks cut from Privet and it seems quite tough. This fork came from my friends yard where it was growing in a clump of scrubby weeds that he intended to remove. After taking the fork, I cut it into a 1, 1/4" thick board.<br><img src="http://img830.imageshack.us/img830/1650/privetfork1.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/1017/privetfork2.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>Notice the dark patch in the crotch of the fork. The darker wood is significantly harder than the surrounding white wood. After looking at all of Bill Hays very attractive slingshots, I kinda fancied his "Hathcock Target Sniper" and decided to try and make one.<br><br>By the way, My father knew Carlos Hathcock. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA, with Hathcock about 1968. My father says he once saw Carlos win a $300 bet, that he could hit a fly at 100 yards. They drew a life sized fly on the target and Mr. Hathcock drilled it from 100 yards leaving only the drawn legs around the hole.<br><br>I performed a curious little experiment during this build. I cut out the board and roughed out the frame while the wood was still green! I'd heard of this from bowyers who rough out their bow staves from green wood then bend the recurves while it's still wet. I wasn't sure what to expect except maybe the wood would tear its self apart? After roughing out the frame I put it directly into the microwave! Eight or nine cracks opened up all over the frame! All but four closed right back up by the time the wood was finally dry. The biggest and most eye-catching crack is right through the left fork tip, radially from the center of the grain. It's at the far left, a dark vertical stripe. I filled it with numerous doses of CA glue. All the remaining crack got filled with CA, mostly.<br><img src="http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/6082/privetfork4.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/9867/privetfork5.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://img197.imageshack.us/img197/7931/privetfork6.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>The little black bits are bark inclusions. each one had a small void with it. I filled them with CA glue , also.<br><img src="http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8294/privetfork7.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><br><img src="http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/6123/privetfork8.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>This is the first time I've used "Danish Oil." I think I like it. I kept putting it on as the wood soaked it up, for about 5 hours. I guess I'll see how it works over time? <br><img src="http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/460/privetfork9.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br><img src="http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/6519/privetfork10.jpg" border="0" alt=""><br>k
     
  2. Ryan Wigglesworth

    Ryan Wigglesworth Senior Member

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    LOVE IT!!!!<br><br><br>Now I want one like it! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_razz.gif" alt="Razz" longdesc="9">
     

  3. shawnr5

    shawnr5 New Member

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    Wonderful grain. The mesquite I get around my area isn't nearly as pretty.
     
  4. JoergS

    JoergS Administrator

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    Great work! Ain't it cool to carve complex frames out of natural forks. The few I made are my all time favorites. I am sure you will experience the same.
     
  5. Kyl

    Kyl New Member

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    Thanks guys. <br> Indeed, Joerg, it's like a treasure hunt or some kind of arboreal archeology. You never know what you will find, deep inside of a tree. A peek into the past? I think this fork is about 12-15 years old, by counting the growth rings. If this one shoots as good as it looks it will certainly be my favorite, until I make one one better. Ha!
     
  6. DukaThe

    DukaThe New Member

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    wooooooow.. What a slingshot!! I love it <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
     
  7. Flippinout

    Flippinout New Member

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    That turned out great kyl!!<br><br>
     
  8. onnod

    onnod Im from Holland, isnt that weird?

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    nice<br>i'v got to find some natural wood too
     
  9. Alukuchen

    Alukuchen Senior Member

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  10. tokSick

    tokSick Senior Member

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    It' s a beautyfull piece you made.<br>I have to try make one.
     
  11. Sonic

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    <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"> wow, i like that ergonomic shape you carved into that nice piece of wood ! fair play to you - i'm liking that alot <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
  12. venomot

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    I love that kind of slingshots <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
  13. e_monster55

    e_monster55 New Member

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    I am jealous of your slingshot, as a kid I NEVER found a good fork. (the trees here aren't the kind to split nice.)