The bigger the better!

Discussion in 'Show off your homemades!' started by BavarianBarbarian, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. BavarianBarbarian

    BavarianBarbarian New Member

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    Guys, look what I've got when I worked in the forest lately! The tree had to be felled and was only good enough to make firewood out of it. So I could take this piece to make an unreasonable big slingshot.<br><br>I need to think about the shape and see when I will have the time to work on it, but I'm sure that it will become a cool sculpture for the garden.<br><br><img src="http://i46.servimg.com/u/f46/16/86/40/52/riesen10.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     

  2. tayloriand

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    There is only one person I can think of that could shoot it. He's a large German chap with a thing for slingshots !
     
  3. Cuthbert Allgood

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    every time i see a big tree with a fork, i think huge slingshot. its part of the slingshot virus , i suppose
     
  4. JoergS

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    Maybe it is time for me to carve a slingshot crossbow from a huge natural <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
     
  5. BavarianBarbarian

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    Well, you could buy a scantling, 10 by 15 cm for example, and carve out a slingshot crossbow. That should work, I think. But I can't remember to have ever seen a tree in the natural shape of a slingshot crossbow <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_wink.gif" alt="Wink" longdesc="15">
     
  6. Ryan Wigglesworth

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>bj000 wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">every time i see a big tree with a fork, i think huge slingshot. its part of the slingshot virus , i suppose</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>Yup. That's one of the main symptoms right there... Picturing yourself as a giant every time you see a tree that has a y fork in the trunk <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"><br><br>Also, Do it Joerg! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28"></span>
     
  7. BavarianBarbarian

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    Ok, to my surprise I did find raw material for a natural grown SlingBow <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_eek.gif" alt="Shocked" longdesc="5"> The problem is, it is part of my dad's apple tree and he probably want's to keep it... See the picture below.<br><br>I also started to work on the sculpture. I sawed the front/back sides even to have a better look at the structure of the trunk. Next I will sketch the outlines.<br><br><img src="http://i46.servimg.com/u/f46/16/86/40/52/natura10.jpg" border="0" alt="">
     
  8. BavarianBarbarian

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    The sketching is done. I'd appreciate to get some critique from you, forum. How do you like the shape? Do you have any other proposals? Thanks guys!<br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%">
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  9. Crappiedude

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    I just happened to be digging through these old threads looking at the beautiful work people have done and came across this. It reminds me of something i did when I was a boy that got me into a bit of trouble. <br><br>One of my cousins and I both had to change out our bicycle tubes and we were left with some leaky tubes. Did we trash them? No way! We found a forked tree in his front yard and another set of trees that were 3-4 feet apart. We found some large nails (spikes) and washers in his father's shop and we attached the tubes to the forked tree and to the other two trees. We then set about collecting all the rocks we could find. <br><br>Once we had a sufficient amount of ammunition, we took turns, one boy would ride his bike as fast as he could up and down the street while the other launched rocks at him (not our most brilliant idea ever). <br><br>We would have gone on without ever being caught until a couple of older kids that had a tendency to want to be bullies came riding down the street. By they showed up, we'd been at it long enough to really get our timing and aim perfected. We pelted them both until they came off of their bicycles. <br><br>Apparently word got back to my aunt and uncle because that evening we got a good tanning for our ingenuity. We deserved it for sure but it was a memorable time with a couple of gigantic slingshots.
     
  10. Bert the Welder

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Crappiedude wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I just happened to be digging through these old threads looking at the beautiful work people have done and came across this. It reminds me of something i did when I was a boy that got me into a bit of trouble. <br><br>One of my cousins and I both had to change out our bicycle tubes and we were left with some leaky tubes. Did we trash them? No way! We found a forked tree in his front yard and another set of trees that were 3-4 feet apart. We found some large nails (spikes) and washers in his father's shop and we attached the tubes to the forked tree and to the other two trees. We then set about collecting all the rocks we could find. <br><br>Once we had a sufficient amount of ammunition, we took turns, one boy would ride his bike as fast as he could up and down the street while the other launched rocks at him (not our most brilliant idea ever). <br><br>We would have gone on without ever being caught until a couple of older kids that had a tendency to want to be bullies came riding down the street. By they showed up, we'd been at it long enough to really get our timing and aim perfected. We pelted them both until they came off of their bicycles. <br><br>Apparently word got back to my aunt and uncle because that evening we got a good tanning for our ingenuity. We deserved it for sure but it was a memorable time with a couple of gigantic slingshots.</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>You sound like me as a kid. Used to play rope tag with a rope bola with knots tied at the ends. Dart tag. Aahhh the 70's....back when getting hurt was rare, and just a brief interruption to play......not a game ending, life altering, psychologically scaring reason for a trip to the therapist......</span>
     
  11. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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    <br><br>You sound like me as a kid. Used to play rope tag with a rope bola with knots tied at the ends. Dart tag. Aahhh the 70's....back when getting hurt was rare, and just a brief interruption to play......not a game ending, life altering, psychologically scaring reason for a trip to the therapist......</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>You are a lucky man who has lived those days... Im kind of a guy for the past. I still prefer VHS before DVD, for example <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2"></span>
     
  12. Bert the Welder

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    <tr><td class="quote">... Im kind of a guy for the past. I still prefer VHS before DVD, for example <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>OK, that just not sane! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_lol.gif" alt="Laughing" longdesc="7"></span>
     
  13. FIAAO

    FIAAO Failureisalwaysanoption

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  14. Crappiedude

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    I never played Dart Tag, however we used to throw those lawn darts way up in the air and then we'd scatter like roaches hoping we didn't take one to the brain box. Then there were the Roman candle fights and bottle rocket wars. I actually spent the day with a bunch of my cousins today reminiscing about the crazy stuff we did growing up. Every now and then one of us would yell to the kids not to play so rough or to slow down.... Middle aged hipocrits turning our kids into wimps.<br><br>As for DVD vs. VHS, I didn't finally buy a DVD player till my VHS player gave up the ghost..... And I really miss playing my mixed tapes recorded from the radio that I'd plug into the cassette player.... Still have never burned a CD....
     
  15. Bert the Welder

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    <tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>Crappiedude wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
    <tr><td class="quote">I never played Dart Tag, however we used to throw those lawn darts way up in the air and then we'd scatter like roaches hoping we didn't take one to the brain box. Then there were the Roman candle fights and bottle rocket wars. I actually spent the day with a bunch of my cousins today reminiscing about the crazy stuff we did growing up. Every now and then one of us would yell to the kids not to play so rough or to slow down.... Middle aged hipocrits turning our kids into wimps.<br><br>As for DVD vs. VHS, I didn't finally buy a DVD player till my VHS player gave up the ghost..... And I really miss playing my mixed tapes recorded from the radio that I'd plug into the cassette player.... Still have never burned a CD....</td></tr>
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    <span class="postbody"><br><br>That's awesome! Did the same with the lawn darts! And radio mixed tapes, wow, forgot about those! Used to send tapes to my friend instead of writing letters. Would play "guess the tune" by flicking on the radio for a flash and he'd have to guess. Right answers were in the next tape.</span>