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That fork on the right looks very nice and symmetrical. You did well to keep the ends long because they will split a little as it dries-probably no more than an inch down from the end. I would wait a couple of weeks to let them dry if you put them in a closet or something. But if you put them near a fire (near, not in) they will dry more quickly. One tip I have is that when you go to trim the forks and handle to slingshot length, cut them a little longer then you think, because you can always remove more material if you need it. I have ruined a few good forks by cutting them too short-they always seem to come out a little smaller than you intend. I recommend holding the fork in your hand like you are going to shoot it, and mark with a marker where you want the ends to be, and then cut them about 1/2" longer than that. Then you can file them down to final length. Take care when sawing the tips off as not to split the wood- I like to saw all the way around the outside then meet in the middle. If you plan to strip the bark off, you can shave it off with a knife, or file it off. You may want to use the file to make the fork more symmetrical in places. If you want to sand it smooth, use sandpaper in varying grits. If you decide to re-shape the fork by whittleing or filing it, you may start with 50 grit to remove the file and knife marks. Then go to 80 grit to smooth over the marks from the 50 grit, then go to 100 grit, then 150, 220, 320, 400. The more different grits you use the easier sanding will be and the smoother the finish will become. After the 400, you can use medium steel wool to make it really smooth, and it finish by applying tung oil a few times with a rag or paper towel. The steel wool and oil will make it look like this:
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