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Mojave Mo
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I am going to need to channel my inner Mr. Brooks and pull a shooter out of this stick that won't be named after an angry farm animal.
The same grove of desert eucalyptus that gave us The Angry Rooster has gifted us with this potential fork!
I know some of you SlingPirates would call it a day and shoot this darling as she sits. However, I am not sure that is possible for me.

All 2cents are welcome!

Mojave Mo

P.S. fork is strong as heck right through the cracks in the tips...
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Yeah, it looks cool but good luck with it! Fortunately I live in an area where I can go find another fork if one looks like it may take too much work to get to the finished product. If you have no choice, then I'd find some creative ways to use a lot of epoxy. The grain looks cool, despite the large cracks!
 

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It looks like you can either make a miniature shooter or fill the cracks up with epoxy.

I would recommend the epoxy, coloured stuff maybe, if you're into that. I'd go with red resin or some resin mixed with red sawdust, not much carving as the fork is so small and the surface seems to have a nice texture that could be brought to shine...

Good luck, looking forward to the results!
 

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Oh man. I gotta agree with using a coloured apoxy. Hard choice of colour though. A bright colour see through could look stunning since those nice wide cracks will let heaps of light through. OTOH a nice shiny black or deep red or something would give it crazy contrast with that light colour wood.

Either way would look good I think.
 

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I'm liking the idea of a coloured filled epoxy on that - maybe black. Looks like its going to be a character laden piece when done.
My second x-wife also said I had a lot of character. Her lawyer said that she didn't mean that in a good way. However, I may have turned over a new leaf with this stick. Indeed I will leave the majority if this fork intact and avoid trying to engrave The Art of War onto the butt.

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All right y'all. I used epoxy with a dab of cadmium red acrylic artists paint (if that makes a difference?). I let it dry 72+ hours to where I couldn't dent it with my fingernail.

I sanded it up to 220 and have let a couple of layers of BLO soak in followed by a hearty rub. I hope the slingpurists out there will raise their hand and tell me that this.sling.is.done.
The rebel in me wants to drill a lanyard hole and line it with a brass tube. Then drill each fork tip and also line with a little brass tube so that I can snare-wrap the tubes in place. Likely file a ramp in each fork tip for the tube to cradle in.

Nope. Don't jack around with what is left in this one. I still need a little more sanding as now I see in the photos that I can't see without the photos!

Thanks for checking out my Natural Nibbler aka Lengua Del Diablo and for the ideas, inspiration, and support. This is my 2nd natural and I can say that the build impact on my patience was very low. I want to do it again please.

Peace Mojave Mo
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All right y'all. I used epoxy with a dab of cadmium red acrylic artists paint (if that makes a difference?). I let it dry 72+ hours to where I couldn't dent it with my fingernail.

I sanded it up to 220 and have let a couple of layers of BLO soak in followed by a hearty rub. I hope the slingpurists out there will raise their hand and tell me that this.sling.is.done.
The rebel in me wants to drill a lanyard hole and line it with a brass tube. Then drill each fork tip and also line with a little brass tube so that I can snare-wrap the tubes in place. Likely file a ramp in each fork tip for the tube to cradle in.

Nope. Don't jack around with what is left in this one. I still need a little more sanding as now I see in the photos that I can't see without the photos!

Thanks for checking out my Natural Nibbler aka Lengua Del Diablo and for the ideas, inspiration, and support. This is my 2nd natural and I can say that the build impact on my patience was very low. I want to do it again please.

Peace Mojave Mo
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I suppose I am going to be holding in 'backwards'...? It fits better and it put the epoxied portion of the forks in the forward direction even though I do not allow any FH in my life.
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