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The weekend came and I needed by slingshot fix so I decided to make yet another natural yesterday.

This beauty came from a pretty rugged fork with a quite a few knots and branch snubs. Yet, my knife and 4 in hand rasp made quick work of it in about 30 minutes. Probably my fastest effort yet, that is before I spent a considerable amount of time going down the line of sandpaper grits, before it was so smooth it could pass without a finish to it.

Also, for the first time, I took a little time with my file to create a full groove for attaching, whether I do OTT, gypsy tabs, or Smitty's tabs for tube attachment it will work for everything. And I think it really completes the look of the fork.

Alright enough of my blabbering here, I finished it with 4 thin coats of linseed oil throughout the day Saturday, and though there isn't all that much grain, I decided to go no further to preserve the light silky angelic look. Honestly, this sling has a great satin shine as though it was dropped from the heavens!


Here it is, up in the clouds (snow) showing off it's fine figure and the palm swell that I tried to bring out, almost Torsten style, by carving out the back end so it swells nicely into the palm....





As you can see it is sort of propped up in an arch because of the palm swell affect, it is extremely comfortable in hand.



Here it is again on a cloud and in my hand:

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Hope you liked it I know I do and thanks for looking.....I look forward to your comments...

Heaven knows what she'll wear for bands, at this point it is a toss up but I'm in no hurry to get out and shoot as it's approaching negatives now, I'll take my time and give it a fitting set of bands.

Cheers - John
 

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Thanks for the kind comments everyone!

I guess I did do it quite fast, the wood chips were really flying on this one as I made decisions while I went along on how it would turn out....

Q, I'm not exactly sure yet, but as I said, I won't be doing much shooting in this weather so I have some time to make a decision....
...whether I do OTT, gypsy tabs, or Smitty's tabs for tube attachment it will work for everything
.........Heaven knows what she'll wear for bands, at this point it is a toss up but I'm in no hurry to get out and shoot as it's approaching negatives now, I'll take my time and give it a fitting set of bands.
 

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Very nice John, I really like the knots they give it alot of character. Good work.
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Thanks Ray and Phil!

I liked the knots too, I think they compliment the rather bland grain quite nicely. They provide the touch of character it needed.

Well, I said I'm a slingshotaholic and I wasn't lying, I made another today out of a similar wood that was far uglier and knotted to start. It took a bit more work but I think I finished it pretty well. I'm giving it a similar silky finish with the wiped linseed oil, so look for that one tomorrow. You could say they are related, except the next one is even more ergonomic....


Cheers - John
 

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Another superior effort John. I like them all but this one is a good solid effort and I am certain that when you find the ideal elastic for it you'll have (yet) another fine addition to the arsenal. Great work and I like the snowy/cloudy backdrop.
 

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Thank you so much MX, Jmp, Ray, Irfan, Hoe, and Phil.....it is always great to hear from everyone, it keeps me going.

@Jmp, it is certainly another good edition to my arsenal, I'm not 100% I've found the right elastic for it yet, but it works well at least for now.

@Phil....what would you be implying by those statements?......


Okay everyone time for an update, I got her banded up and ready to go this afternoon with some 18-42 tubing and a really nice flat pouch courtesy of a deal with E-Shot. I decided after a little though to go pretty simple with the tab attachment Smitty style which I had never tried before. I just cut the part of an old belt that has holes for fastening in a tab length and shape, all pre-made and ready with holes for my tubes. I figured that this must work because Smitty is the Chinese tube man, so it has to work for him ,and it will work for me.

I kind of like them because they give a similar look to gypsy tabs, yet I have to find a better looking method of attachment that I can still take off and go to OTT, etc. with ease. Anyway, so I strapped up using constrictor knots with cotton drop line string both tab and pouch, I have to say I'm getting better at my knots and I'm starting to like them more for attachment.....

The bands seem like they have quite a bit of snap as I have them single and similar to Dgui's length . No shooting today though, as it is about -12 degrees outside......




Yes this is pictured in my right hand, as I am looking to give right handed shooting a go, as I think I started out wrong this fall. I am both right handed and left eye dominant, so this seems to be the best combination for me. I've only been shooting for about 5 months so it will be worth it to switch before it is too late, at least in the long run....






Thanks for looking, I look forward to hearing from you.....

All the best - John
 

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Little update, these Chinese tubes are an absolute blast to shoot! So simple, so smooth, and such a light draw with some zip.....

I'm going to have to make a steel ball order after all, because a lot of my new elastics for target shooting are so fun to shoot, yet don't go well with stones (it's a shame because they are free)


Cheers - John
 
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