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Found this in a copse near my house. This was from a small ash tree that died last year. The tree was only about 4 inches in diameter and was laying into some other trees off the ground, so the wood was dried out nicely, but not rotten or anything.

This was a very unlikely fork to turn into a slingshot. It was very asymmetrical, one fork quite a bit bigger than the other -- but, worse, it was actually a tri-fork, which made a quite difficult job for me to whittle away the middle branch. A lot of hours went into carving this but I think it was worth it. It will make a nice stone-chucker through the wide fork.

Below you can see where the middle branch grew:


I made this one into an OTT shooter. Great for hammer grip or finger-support shooting.


Wood is very hard and handsome. I like it. Hope you do too.
 

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Great find Dayhiker and that is a real beauty
 

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Yet another fantastic product from your handiwork DH....ash is beautifully clean and strong wood, and you have done a great job of bringing out its subtle grain and shaping it into a great fork...


Your formula for these natural forks keeps on par with all of your best works (and others bests) on a consistent basis. I've never seen a natural I didn't love of yours....it's a good thing you are obsessed with slingshots, I don't think I could go a month without seeing one from you....


Cheers - John
 

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Thanks, fellas!

@Nico, I think I'm going to put some tapered thera-band golds on it, with a big pouch for stones.
 

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Very cool slingshot! A big one for sure.
I thought stones&clay and other not perfect shaped projectiles fly straigher when slower lastic is used?
That's right, but I am going to be shooting marbles and steel in the near future. I have some nice black, thick tubes from Jmplsnt to put on it later.
 

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Looks great Dayhiker. All the shaving and cutting revealed the grain hiding beneath and it should be a great one.

I second on the wider gap working well for the stones though I have sent quite a few through the 4cm gap on the ash board cut you sent me with nary a mishap. That said I trained on a wider natural first.
 

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Great job Bill!!!! I know that took a while!!!!
 

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i have a couple ash forks that will look very similar to that when done, middle fork and all, seems ash has some tendencies.

Great Job!
 

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Another great fork DH, you are really on a roll
 
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