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"Pygmalion" - the taming of a natural fork

OK, I have never presented a natural fork so far. The reason is that it is hard to find a natural that has a low and wide enough fork, which is what I prefer.

A friend of mine challenged me to make a "Phoenix" design from a natural, and I accepted.

This is the outcome:

Yes, it is a natural fork. It doesn't look like a natural at all, right?

Here is where I started from. Real big, but with the typical narrow fork that doesn't work well for me. But enough "meat" to carve it to my liking. I don't know which wood it is, bark and leafs look like beech, but the trees have nasty thorns.

Next, I removed the bark and properly microwaved it.

Then I cut of the fork arms and changed the angle on the handle. I drilled in 8mm holes and bend 8 mm threaded rods so the angle is just right.

Glued everything together with epoxy.

Took the rasp. 90 minutes later, the rough shape was done.

Then the sanding job.

Several layers of black spray paint, to de-naturalize it further.

Then sanding with very fine sandpaper to achieve the plastic-like sheen:

A very strong slingshot, perfect weight and fork dimensions.

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Old 11-14-2010, 01:38 AM JoergS is offline  
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Very cool
Old 11-23-2010, 11:42 PM Glory Hallelujah is offline  
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Wow, that it is cool.

Does it really count as using a natural fork if you cut it up like that, though? If you're going to do that, couldn't you just as easily use thick dowel rods?
Old 12-01-2010, 08:20 AM RazorWind is offline  
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That's a gorgeous sling shot, but it's not a natural fork anymore if you've modified it
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Old 12-01-2010, 11:09 AM Gearhead is offline  
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Looks cool but I am not sure how it qualifies as a "natural fork."

That is sort of like telling someone your house was built of whole tree trunks and then pointing to a pile of milled lumber.
Old 12-06-2010, 10:40 AM sirocyl44us is offline  
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Saw you the other day on youtube Jorg.

Keep up the innovations. :-)
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