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Recently, I found some forks from a dead Sambucus bush (German: "Holunder"). <br><br>Sambucus is very dense wood, but it always has a canal filled with the soft marrow. In dead Sambucus, this marrow is usually dust.<br><br>Made a slingshot from the first part.<br><br><br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qdT4-jjyOGg/UIwK4W1EGqI/AAAAAAAACNI/23m7ZnLVJ_g/s1600/Holun0.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qdT4-jjyOGg/UIwK4W1EGqI/AAAAAAAACNI/23m7ZnLVJ_g/s400/Holun0.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a></div>
<br>As you can see, a thick fork - just the way I like it. You can see the marrow canal already!<br><br>Debarked it first.<br><br><br><br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VdabaMdHgJI/UIwLERp5iOI/AAAAAAAACNQ/uGR4X3rnCLU/s1600/Holun1.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-VdabaMdHgJI/UIwLERp5iOI/AAAAAAAACNQ/uGR4X3rnCLU/s400/Holun1.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a></div>
<br>Then, I sketched the slingshot frame onto the wood.<br><br><br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7p49nk4usQE/UIwLQW53X4I/AAAAAAAACNY/_uYZOhnPb5A/s1600/Holun2.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7p49nk4usQE/UIwLQW53X4I/AAAAAAAACNY/_uYZOhnPb5A/s400/Holun2.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a></div> <br>Then, I sawed out the rough shape. <br><br><br><br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%">
<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fd0FiHLF29M/UIwLYWM6ooI/AAAAAAAACNg/lh6fjuuWVxo/s1600/Holun3.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-fd0FiHLF29M/UIwLYWM6ooI/AAAAAAAACNg/lh6fjuuWVxo/s400/Holun3.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d1WReFacbkw/UIwLhXBzTEI/AAAAAAAACNo/zl7cg9PTuDI/s1600/Holun4.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-d1WReFacbkw/UIwLhXBzTEI/AAAAAAAACNo/zl7cg9PTuDI/s400/Holun4.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><br><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-o3sEVAaAqTc/UIwLmCGO92I/AAAAAAAACNw/w_un1EUpge4/s1600/Holun5.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-o3sEVAaAqTc/UIwLmCGO92I/AAAAAAAACNw/w_un1EUpge4/s400/Holun5.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pDuOABbUjDs/UIwLnJuGzlI/AAAAAAAACN4/63iUO0lKv64/s1600/Holun6.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pDuOABbUjDs/UIwLnJuGzlI/AAAAAAAACN4/63iUO0lKv64/s400/Holun6.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a>
</div> <br>Kept working on it until the file work and rough sanding was done. You can see the marrow canal!<br><br><br><br><div style="margin:auto;text-align:center;width:100%">
<a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TjuAE3U7bI4/UIwMAYdx3_I/AAAAAAAACOA/i0m--jg8DJA/s1600/Holun10.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TjuAE3U7bI4/UIwMAYdx3_I/AAAAAAAACOA/i0m--jg8DJA/s400/Holun10.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OvAkxXZI02k/UIwMBVBIfPI/AAAAAAAACOE/5NLGSpFy6ro/s1600/Holun7.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OvAkxXZI02k/UIwMBVBIfPI/AAAAAAAACOE/5NLGSpFy6ro/s400/Holun7.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YcvqM2dTu8A/UIwMCbGfotI/AAAAAAAACOM/4I-RvV0kmnc/s1600/Holun8.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YcvqM2dTu8A/UIwMCbGfotI/AAAAAAAACOM/4I-RvV0kmnc/s400/Holun8.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a><br><br><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sW4F4YbRWK0/UIwMD8rMEpI/AAAAAAAACOY/24AklThuS34/s1600/Holun9.JPG" class="postlink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sW4F4YbRWK0/UIwMD8rMEpI/AAAAAAAACOY/24AklThuS34/s400/Holun9.JPG" border="0" alt=""></a>
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<br><br>I<br> decided not to fill the cracks and the canal - simply because this looks very cool the way it is. Just oiled (raw linseed oil) and polished. <br><br>I called it "The Flute" for obvious reasons! <br><br>One of the nicest naturals I made so far.
 

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wow nice! <br>i love the finish <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_smile.gif" alt="Smile" longdesc="2">
 

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very nice,<br>you should place a piece of wood in the canal and make a notch so you can actually play it <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28">
 

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Nice one.<br>And i know the melody you will play on it.<br>Bang, bang ,bang ..... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
 

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wow! That is amazing! If the holes where large enough you could put ammo in them <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_biggrin.png" alt="Very Happy" longdesc="1">
 

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Wow, the cannals are very impressive! Just curious - the forks are not too wide, so what is the max ammo size you would dare to shoot?
 

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Yeah, thats a awesome special one ! <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_cheers.png" alt="cheers" longdesc="28"> Love it !<br><br>Is it strong enough for you ?
 

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<div>looks really nce!</div><div class="clear"></div><div class="signature_div">
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<tr><td><span class="genmed"><b>stej wrote:</b></span></td></tr>
<tr><td class="quote">the forks are not too wide, so what is the max ammo size you would dare to shoot?</td></tr>
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<span class="postbody"><br><br>Strong bands will automatically flip the frame, so you can shoot veritable cannon balls from this one...<br><br>It is mighty strong, as all low forked naturals from hardwood. No human beeing can break this frame by drawing it out.</span>
 

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Why didn't do rasp the knots out because i dont know what you did but useually knots looks bad because the take up to muck varnish and make black spots on the frame when you use dark varnish
 

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These are not knot holes, it is the marrow canal Sambucus wood always has. I think they are very attractive, giving the fork character. <br><br>You can't rasp out the marrow canal, the only alternative would be to fill them. But that would look very poor in comparison.
 

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You could get some saw dust and mix it with some epoxy glue and use that to fill the holes. But if you decide not to it still looks beutiful
 

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<tr><td class="quote">You could get some saw dust and mix it with some epoxy glue and use that to fill the holes.</td></tr>
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<span class="postbody"><br><br>i have a dejavu of jörg telling this tip to many other users... <img src="http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_neutral.gif" alt="Neutral" longdesc="20"></span>
 

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<tr><td class="quote">great minds think alike</td></tr>
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<span class="postbody"><br><br>for sure</span>
 
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