Here is my prototype of an idea i've had for some time. I call it the Element. The core is 6061 T6 aluminum, laminated between two thin layers of carbon fiber, with wood on the outside. I wanted to design a construction that was bullet-proof, but had a good cosmetic look, like a well made knife handle. The core ensures added safety, as well as extra weight for less recoil. The core also ensures perfect alignment of the forks.
The final product will have a slight pattern enhancement, brass pins will be added, as well as a landyard. I wasn't too concerned about the finish of the pictured prototype. It was basically a test build to see how the three elements would mend, and what I will have to do differently for the ones I make in the future.
I will be offering these for sale in a wide variety of woods in a month or so, with the core remaining the same. They will be in the $80.00 range.