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This is were i get all my forks from, there is 1000,s of them, each tree has loads on them, i went for a walk today with 5 of the dogs, and my camera, but couldnt help myself had to bring a few home with me to put in the tea chest i have, ha ha, jeff



there must be 20 or 30 in this one tree


Trust me to leave my slingshot at home, so i could only shoot it with my camera,


few i brought home,

 

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I like the husky one on the left. Jeff, what's the wood?
 

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You know you're obsessed when you walk through a beautiful forest and all you can see is forks and targets.
 

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I like the husky one on the left. Jeff, what's the wood?
I havnt a clue what trees they are, Im sure Martin will tell me what they are he knows his stuff, its a nice walk along there, it used to be a old railway lines, jeff
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we have an old railway line when im on my bike I go that way to work as it runs alongside my workplace part of it is a nature reserve leading to the river and old railway bridge you get alot of monkjacks in there it gets a bit overgrown at times though.
 

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This is were i get all my forks from, there is 1000,s of them, each tree has loads on them, i went for a walk today with 5 of the dogs, and my camera, but couldnt help myself had to bring a few home with me to put in the tea chest i have, ha ha, jeff



there must be 20 or 30 in this one tree


Trust me to leave my slingshot at home, so i could only shoot it with my camera,


few i brought home,

Hey "shot in the foot", don't forget to cut them a little long. When the wood dries they can split if they dry too fast.
 

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God has made trees for a reason. Slingshot are also part of the wonders of his creation. Yes I too recognize the forks that need to be harvested as I go through the parks and landS here in NY. Strange how we think.
 

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I wont go for a walk in the woods without my pocket saw anymore. The woods are very dense here, several times Ive lost a good fork because I didn't have a cutting tool with me and could not find it again. Those forks look like sycamore, quite soft nice and easy to carve I use of lot of it to carve spoons.

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you have a beautiful farm there!

You are a lucky person to have a place like that close by ... and to have time to go for these walks.

I have to agree with the opinion of Mr. wvbob. the chances of cracking the wood during the drying process will be less if you cut the forks a bit longer.


I usually cut to 10 "around the fork ... immediately after I apply a little bit of white glue on the ends to prevent a quick dry and splitting at the ends (a recipe from my mentor)

after that you can leave your forks in a dry, shaded and ventilated place to dry, for a period of 15-20 days

after that I put them five days in the trunk of my car ... From that point, you can have a perfectly dry and workable wood.

There are woods which break more easily than others, for these cases I strongly recommend making several constrictor knots at the ends.



I dont know if this will be the most correct way to do it, but it works for me.


cheers mates!
 
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