Texan-German Friendship Fork

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  1. JoergS

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    Some days ago, John from Texas (close to Austin) sent me four great, fat forks from Persimmon. The tree was felled by a storm, and supplied plenty of very nice wood.<br><br>Persimmon is an interesting wood, it is a kind a ebony. Subtly brown, great grain, and very dense.<br><br>As always I will send John one completed slingshot back in return, and have made the first one the last few days.<br><br>A Hammer-Howitzer, what else, it is the best design I found (so far). A great cooperation between me and Tobias brought out this shape, which I think is hard to beat.<br><br>The wood was fresh and is known to crack easily, it took many careful microwave sessions to dry it.<br><br>It may seem a waste to start from such a thick fork, but the HammerHowitzer shape requires a very thick and wide piece. The raw "board" has to be thicker than 2 full inches, otherwise the handle won't reach this sweet depth which makes the frame so controllable.<br><br>Sanded, wetted, resanded, oiled (linseed), and polished.<br><br><br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%">
    <a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9ljSkFR6xxo/UBoQ4GxEUEI/AAAAAAAAB9A/NFUkFoYBYXk/s1600/Persimmon5.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9ljSkFR6xxo/UBoQ4GxEUEI/AAAAAAAAB9A/NFUkFoYBYXk/s400/Persimmon5.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Vs924Hg7bk/UBoQ5TdEshI/AAAAAAAAB9I/BT7RBe5NFQ0/s1600/Persimmon6.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4Vs924Hg7bk/UBoQ5TdEshI/AAAAAAAAB9I/BT7RBe5NFQ0/s400/Persimmon6.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9UXShLqL20s/UBoQ6kwFX0I/AAAAAAAAB9Q/wWGT1YmiXdI/s1600/Persimmon7.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9UXShLqL20s/UBoQ6kwFX0I/AAAAAAAAB9Q/wWGT1YmiXdI/s400/Persimmon7.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8wrgzeKcdK4/UBoREkFgZVI/AAAAAAAAB9Y/BSo-sEkPEkY/s1600/Persimmon.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8wrgzeKcdK4/UBoREkFgZVI/AAAAAAAAB9Y/BSo-sEkPEkY/s400/Persimmon.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cVS571_MK-c/UBoRF86iWTI/AAAAAAAAB9g/scZ_6H9jKq0/s1600/Persimmon2.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cVS571_MK-c/UBoRF86iWTI/AAAAAAAAB9g/scZ_6H9jKq0/s400/Persimmon2.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Czh0LYachyc/UBoRzYLC-2I/AAAAAAAAB94/KqHl63X72Es/s1600/Persimmon8.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Czh0LYachyc/UBoRzYLC-2I/AAAAAAAAB94/KqHl63X72Es/s400/Persimmon8.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AhCUKOPGH1s/UBoRHEziBlI/AAAAAAAAB9o/MLA61x5vg5k/s1600/Persimmon3.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AhCUKOPGH1s/UBoRHEziBlI/AAAAAAAAB9o/MLA61x5vg5k/s400/Persimmon3.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4TgFBQYzxZ8/UBoRInpZW1I/AAAAAAAAB9w/BbiVSMilKAg/s1600/Persimmon4.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4TgFBQYzxZ8/UBoRInpZW1I/AAAAAAAAB9w/BbiVSMilKAg/s400/Persimmon4.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a>
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  2. FIAAO

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    Nice! What tool do you use to make the slingshot as in the second pic?
     

  3. pasquale

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    Great you build a new slingshot. The slingshot looks great. How did you cut out the slingshot(from 1. picture to 2. picture)?
     
  4. Tobias

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    very good work Jörg! and nice wood.<br><br>I would like to make an exchange with you.<br>One of those Forks against a apple Slingshot made by me?
     
  5. JoergS

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
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    <tr><td class="quote">Nice! What tool do you use to make the slingshot as in the second pic?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>I use my band saw for the first rough cutouts, then I use this:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.de/Proxxon-28092-2-Gang-Dekupiers%C3%A4ge-DSH/dp/B0017V817A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343890042&sr=8-1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.de/Proxxon-28092-2-Gang-Dekupiers%C3%A4ge-DSH/dp/B0017V817A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343890042&sr=8-1</a><br><br>Very good for a controlled, non canted cut.</span>
     
  6. JoergS

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    <table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Tobias wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
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    <br>I would like to make an exchange with you.<br>One of those Forks against a apple Slingshot made by me?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Tobias, sure, I'll send you one.</span>
     
  7. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    <tr><td class="quote">Nice! What tool do you use to make the slingshot as in the second pic?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>I use my band saw for the first rough cutouts, then I use this:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.de/Proxxon-28092-2-Gang-Dekupiers%C3%A4ge-DSH/dp/B0017V817A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343890042&sr=8-1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.de/Proxxon-28092-2-Gang-Dekupiers%C3%A4ge-DSH/dp/B0017V817A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343890042&sr=8-1</a><br><br>Very good for a controlled, non canted cut.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Ok, Thank you. I wish I had a band saw, but I dont have the money nor the space needed for one <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3"></span>
     
  8. Tobias

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    <br>I would like to make an exchange with you.<br>One of those Forks against a apple Slingshot made by me?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Tobias, sure, I'll send you one.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>nice! i start working on the apple fork.<br><br></span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Failureisalwaysanoption wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Failureisalwaysanoption wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">Nice!<br> What tool do you use to make the slingshot as in the second <br>pic?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>I use my band saw for the first rough cutouts, then I use this:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.de/Proxxon-28092-2-Gang-Dekupiers%C3%A4ge-DSH/dp/B0017V817A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343890042&sr=8-1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.de/Proxxon-28092-2-Gang-Dekupiers%C3%A4ge-DSH/dp/B0017V817A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343890042&sr=8-1</a><br><br>Very good for a controlled, non canted cut.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Ok, Thank you. I wish I had a band saw, but I dont have the money nor the space needed for one <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3"></span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>i use this for my natural:<br><a href="http://www.working-24.com/de/bohrer-feilen-saegen/saegen/buegelsaege-extra-hoch-150-model-46-002073.html" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.working-24.com/de/bohrer-feilen-saegen/saegen/buegelsaege-extra-hoch-150-model-46-002073.html</a><br><br>cheap and the only thing you need is a vise.</span>
     
  9. Antraxx

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    Finally a Slingshot again, nice <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>A very good looking piece of wood. Nice grain.<br><br>And the Slingshot came out perfect!
     
  10. Jan84

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    WOW it looks great! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"><br><br>....i think it would be really cool if had something like a "trading corner" here at the forum where every member could advertise materials or stuff to make slingshots. <br><br>i have a huge stock of exotic hardwoods and i would be happy if i could trade a bit of it...<br><br>what do you think? <br><br>greatz jan<br><br>
     
  11. JoergS

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    <tr><td class="quote">Finally a Slingshot again, nice <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Yes, it was about time. Now that I pretty much found the perfect shape, the challenge is finding different materials. And natural forks are just perfect, especially if they come from far away.<br><br>It is simply exciting to uncover the beauty of the wood - always a surprise. If you make a slingshot from wooden boards, you already know hoe it will look like in the end.</span>
     
  12. JoergS

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    <br><br>....i think it would be really cool if had something like a "trading corner" here at the forum where every member could advertise materials or stuff to make slingshots. <br><br>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Great idea! Will make a new subforum ASAP.</span>
     
  13. FIAAO

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    <br>I would like to make an exchange with you.<br>One of those Forks against a apple Slingshot made by me?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Tobias, sure, I'll send you one.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>nice! i start working on the apple fork.<br><br></span><table width="90%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="0" border="0" align="center">
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    <tr><td class="quote">Nice!<br>What tool do you use to make the slingshot as in the second <br>pic?</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>I use my band saw for the first rough cutouts, then I use this:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.de/Proxxon-28092-2-Gang-Dekupiers%C3%A4ge-DSH/dp/B0017V817A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343890042&sr=8-1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.de/Proxxon-28092-2-Gang-Dekupiers%C3%A4ge-DSH/dp/B0017V817A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1343890042&sr=8-1</a><br><br>Very good for a controlled, non canted cut.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Ok, Thank you. I wish I had a band saw, but I dont have the money nor the space needed for one <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif" alt="Sad" longdesc="3"></span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>i use this for my natural:<br><a href="http://www.working-24.com/de/bohrer-feilen-saegen/saegen/buegelsaege-extra-hoch-150-model-46-002073.html" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.working-24.com/de/bohrer-feilen-saegen/saegen/buegelsaege-extra-hoch-150-model-46-002073.html</a><br><br>cheap and the only thing you need is a vise.</span>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Thanks! I will try to get my hands at one asap!</span>
     
  14. Courier

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    A very cool wood.<br>It's just like every slingshot from you Joerg...it's AMAZING!<br>So you prefer natural forks?<br>Is microwaving drying more efficient than "normal" drying?<br>The TB-Gold color will harmonize with the color of the wood.<br>Good job. <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
  15. JoergS

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    Naturals are the only way to make a strong, yet delicately shaped slingshot without a core (eg from multiplex or metal).<br><br>Also the grain structure in a fork carved from a thick natural is dramatic. It is so interesting to see what nature does in order to branch out a tree limb into two smaller twigs. Chaotic and yet very structured. <br><br>I really don't like "normal" naturals very much, even though they shoot really good and are quick to make. Heavily carved naturals are my thing. <br><br>Microwaving has one huge advantage over "window sill" and "oven" drying: The humidity in the frame is heated from the inside out. Means, the core is dry before the outer parts are. Actually the whole fork is almost steamy wet when you take it out of the microwave oven. It is this wetness that prevents cracking. <br><br>All other drying methods work the opposite way: The outer parts dry first, while the core still is wet. The dried outer parts contract, and this creates tension. Tension leads to cracks. <br><br>Therefore my experience is that microwave drying is the best method all around. It is the quickest AND the most secure way. Hard to beat.<br><br>The only issue: If you keep the sessions too long and/or the breaks too short, you will create charcoal frames. Keep in mind the core will still be very hot when the frame is already cool to the touch.
     
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    That realy is a thing of beauty I would love to be able to build something like that.<br><br>Cheers<br><br>AL
     
  17. Muizert

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    Great one again <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>Now i know you have found the perfect shape for hammergrip shooting.<br><br>Wonder if you gonna find (or already found) the perfect shape for gangsta grip shooting ? the cougar maybe ?? <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"> ( i do love that one:D )<br><br>I love both shooting styles <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1"><br><br>All the best.
     
  18. Bert the Welder

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    Hey Joerg. <br>Re: needing large forks to make the Ham-Howz. Have you a minimum diameter for the forks and handle sections that are needed? The one in the pic looks to be about 5" for the handle and 2.5" for the forks???? <br>Here on Vancouver Island, we've got Arbutus Trees. They only grow here on the coast, in North America. Also known as "Madrones" or "Strawberry tree" in Western Europe. It's really hard wood. Ever used it?
     
  19. JoergS

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    You must be able to cut out a flat "board" that is two inches thick. If the forks are very straight, so you don't have to compensate for curves, you can probably use 4" for the handle and 2" for the forks. <br><br>I have a piece of Madrone lying around, but haven't used it yet. Very promissing.
     
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    Cool. Thanks Joerg. It's a protected tree around here, so I try to get fallen branches. There's lots of them on my property. Got a feeling it will split easy when drying. Have you ever tried binding a cut branch to prevent splitting? Like with wire or similar? Wondering if it would work?