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Mojave Mo
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Y'all cannot imagine how proud I am for this collaboration with Mother Nature. I managed to find my Atlas (Atlas Slingshots of Sweden) and stop from sanding away all of this natural beauty in this Red Oak.
I just gave it a surface rubdown with 150grit to open up the wood, take down some worm tracks and prepare it for an overnight in a bag of BLO. The right fork had a perfect 1/8" worm hole down the center of the fork. I cleaned up the hole and epoxied a brass rod about 1.5" into the hole. It kind gives it a cool 'old timey fixit' look.
After the BLO bath I let it dry for about 4 days and then buffed it with newspaper. Newspaper is just rough enough to even the surface it and give it a bit of a burnish. I then went with a coat of paste wax followed by the wheel and then more newspaper. I think this might be my favorite 'build' yet! Thanks for looking! Mo
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Aw man! You got the natty bug bad my friend. Fantastic work buddy!
Yup. I am certifiable. No aluminum shavings around here anymore!

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Nice work brotha, that looks like a real good shooter. You gonna band it with TBG?

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Aw man! You got the natty bug bad my friend. Fantastic work buddy!
Yup. I am certifiable. No aluminum shavings around here anymore!

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Nice work brotha, that looks like a real good shooter. You gonna band it with TBG?

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For sure Dog. Right AFTER I load it up with some gum rubber from the Raventree78 Special Reserve! I understand this is the statement for a traditional Natty!

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Lookin good,Mo! I just set a project aside cuz I found an Oak fork that just couldn't wait to have it's bark peeled off.
I am not sure why the bark just falls off these forks. The tree has been dead or dying for over a year, soaked by rain, most of the good forks I've found about 6 feet off the ground as the tree is horizontal. Regardless, very satisfying doing this the 'old fashioned way!

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