Tensile strength of Bamboo is far superior to steel. I love my Bamboo Pocket Shooter at only 3/8 inch thickness by 2-1/2 inch wide and 4-1/4 inches long it fits neatly in my shirt pocket or any pocket. Some months ago while at Kohls there was a Bamboo cutting board on sale for 10 dollars and I made 8 pocket shooter from it. It is a pleasure hand carving Bamboo. I whittled my first one with a Boker Tree Brand Whittiling knife. No finish was used and cutting boards are water proof anyway.Bautiful, Pallan! It does remind me of my Hill Wesley Special.Did you make it out of one of those bamboo lam cutting boards or did you laminate it yourself?
When you do the pictorial spread can you add a couple of cheeks like Baumstamm did. I would show mine, butt I dont want to shave it.Thanks everyone for your very kind comments!!!Let's see...some questions about the wood. I use pre-laminated bamboo that I cut into boards the width I use. I don't think it's anymore dusty than other wood, but then again, I do most of my work on a cylinder grinder. While working bamboo it tends to be a little stringy and can split off if say you bind up a file and tork it sideways while making a grove. Tools... on I just mentioned - cylinder grinder, belt sander, table saw, miter/chop saw, band saw, drill press, dremel tool. I'll try baumstamm put up some picks of machines later when I get time. Anything else is a "trade secret!"
Your right about that Tex. My Bamboo Shooters grip measures 3/4 inch wide by 3/8 thickness and fits just right in my hand. Bamboo is light and impressively strong but super ez to carve or shape. I have made smaller Bamboo Shooters than the one I had posted. In some cases smaller is better.And with the Bamboo, you can keep the grip narrow and yet have the fork some wider, because of the strength. Very nice work Palian. -- Tex