What Should I Do With This Fork?

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Discussions' started by WildBill, Nov 30, 2013.

  1. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    I walked to the store today- it was a good excuse to go by the river- and I found this- a Sycamore tree that was growing at the river bank. The bank is a small, 2 meter cliff face and the Sycamore's roots had grown through the cliff and into the river below. The exposed roots had an exotic, knarled, gothic shape that was irresistible. I cut me a large piece which is pictured below.

    So the question is- what style of slingshot would this be most suited for? A natural, obviously, but more specifically my question is this- based on the shape, what grip and fork style should I try to do with this? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

    -Wild Bill
     

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  2. Tilia

    Tilia Junior Member

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    i think this would make a nice moorehammer
     

  3. BeMahoney

    BeMahoney Builder of things

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    don´t take me serious!

    Burn it!

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  4. kohlqez

    kohlqez Accident-Prone

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    I'm gonna go out on a limb here but, I think you should make it into a slingshot.:D
     
  5. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    Well, sarcasm is your default, after all. However, this isn't a limb- it's a root. So you'll have to go out on a root instead. Precarious, no?

    -Wild Bill
     
  6. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    I had that thought, but I'm not sure that a natural would hold up to the Moorhammer stresses. I can try it if all else fails.

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  7. Tilia

    Tilia Junior Member

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    think you just might pull it off with this fork

    and remember that failure is always an option
    and the best lessons are learned when you fail
     
  8. kohlqez

    kohlqez Accident-Prone

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    Very precarious I don't think I've ever been out on a root before...
     
  9. JohnKrakatoa

    JohnKrakatoa Loudest boom on Earth

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    wood strong like bull! i would try to leave as much of the fork as possible...its wide i know, but the shape is great, like horns. make the tips pointy ! too bad the right arm is longer
     
  10. kohlqez

    kohlqez Accident-Prone

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    You can always make it thicker at the stress points.That's one of the benefits of starting with a large fork, you can adapt the design to fit the fork. Just remember to test it with rope like Joerg always says if you're not sure.
     
  11. Ghosth

    Ghosth Over the hill but still swinging!

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    As far as the forks go, I'd keep them fairly thick. As to the handle, as long as it feels solid, I'd feel free to carve until your happy.

    Looking forward to seeing this evolve!
     
  12. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    It's wide and also pretty big. I too like the horns idea- 'strong like bull' (gee, that sounds a bit Russian) and with the natural twists in the root it might actually have a somewhat gazelle look to it. It would look pretty but I dunno if it would be a practical shooter at that size, though.

    -Wild Bill
     
  13. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    Just strip the bark, round the tips and band it up! It looks like Hellboys horns! Giant, horned slingshot would be different if nothing else
     
  14. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    Yes, it would be different, but difficult. It's kinda hard to tell in the pictures but the two 'horns' don't point in the same direction. One goes up from the final joint while the other goes at about a 65 degree angle from the other. I don't think I could attach bands to that configuration and have it shoot safely.

    -Wild Bill
     
  15. Tilia

    Tilia Junior Member

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    no nuts,... no glory
     
  16. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    Pbltz.

    -Wild Bill
     
  17. Tilia

    Tilia Junior Member

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    ???
     
  18. WildBill

    WildBill The Silly Song Guy

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    Pbltz is a labial fricative... a textual raspberry.

    -Wild Bill
     
  19. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    :p < this may have saved the confusion










    (Ok, Im just taking the mickey after your smilie thread ;) )
     
  20. VWscooby

    VWscooby Senior Member

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    Shame about the forks not being level, maybe drilling holes, using tubes and shooting TTF?
    Probably more trouble than its worth. Im sure something will reveal itself in time :)