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Natural holm oak fork: 9 out of 10 at 2" target

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by gaboxolo, Jan 4, 2015.

By gaboxolo on Jan 4, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  1. gaboxolo

    gaboxolo Member

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    Hello everyone

    Tournaments season in Spain is almost stopped in winter so I decided to spend some days of my Christmas vacation enterteined carving and working on this holm oak fork I cut last year.

    I also must say that this work wouldn't have been possible without the help and suggestions of @Quercusuber and @Lewis Pride. THANKS! You are great guys.

    This fork was cut last year and it was overdried (Does that word exist?) which means that once I took the bark off, it had a lot of cracks.
    Furthermore, it had a lot of woodworms inside.

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    I applied an anti-woodworm treatment for 48 hours that killed all the worms. Then, after a fast sanding process, I applied and filled up all the cracks and the woodworm holes with epoxy.
    One day later, it was a pain in the ass to take the leftover epoxy. Long sanding process with 80,120,180,240 and 320 grit sandpaper.
    It was time for an olive oil bath for 4 hours. Then I let it drip the fork for a few minutes and cleaned with a clean rag.

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    I applied after 3 hands of shellac (I don't know the exact translation, sorry) and some hands of super smooth 1200 grit sandpaper.
    Finally, this was the result.
    (Sorry for the quality of the pics).

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    I know this is not the prettiest natural fork but when I saw it, I admit it was love at first sight. This fork was going to be mine, carved, worked and finished by me for me.

    And after shooting with it this morning, I am even happier !!



    I tied up TBG 15/13 mm. 10 shots at 10 meters away with 8mm steel balls. Target as I prove is 5 cm (2 inches more or less) big.
    Damn, I never expected I was going to be so accurate with it!

    Thank you very much again to Quercusuber and Lewis for the help and also to my father for the hi-tech anti-swinging system on the target lol
     
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Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by gaboxolo, Jan 4, 2015.

    1. Lewis Pride

      Lewis Pride New Member

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      Well done mate it's a keeper
       
    2. Toddy

      Toddy Veteran Member

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      Lovely sling with great work put into it. Is it my imagination or are you shooting faster then you used to? That is not holding on to the pouch so long
       
    3. squirrel squasher

      squirrel squasher Well-Known Member

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    4. gaboxolo

      gaboxolo Member

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      I am slightly slower with my tournament slingshots as I have two sights onto them (one for aim the target and another one for wrist alignment). All my other slingshots I aim easier (and therefore faster) as I have one sight or none. It usually takes me about 6 to 10 seconds to aim.
       
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    5. Big Ron

      Big Ron Veteran Member Staff Member Moderator

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      very nice bottle popper
       
    6. Quercusuber

      Quercusuber Veteran Member

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      My friend Gaboxolo:
      A natural is always a unique piece. There's not any like this one, you can be sure. And, actually, I think it has a lot of character and beauty (and also functionality, from what I see on your video)!! You did a GREAT work!!
      From now on, it will be an addiction, you'll see! You'll be seeing forks everywhere!! LOL!! :D
      I'm glad I could be of assistance to you. You can reach me anytime time you want, my friend.
      Best regards!!!!
      Q
       
    7. JTslinger

      JTslinger Veteran Member Staff Member Moderator

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      Great looking natural and fantastic shooting.
       
    8. learnin'

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      Would you mind posting some pictures showing details of the two sights on your tournament slingshots? I'm curious about how they are located and how they work. If you could show in the pictures how you actually align them (what your sight picture looks like from your point of view when shooting) I would appreciate it greatly.
       
    9. gaboxolo

      gaboxolo Member

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      I will, but that's not easy to explain. I will do it as clear as possible
       
    10. josephscislowicz

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      Good work! Love your target!
       
    11. Emitto

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      Muy buena la honda mi amigo, me encata! Y muy buena punteria tio!
      Saludos.
      Emitto.
       
    12. gaboxolo

      gaboxolo Member

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      Thank you very much mate. What do you like about my target?

      Gracias. Me alegra ver que ya somos unos cuantos hispanoparlantes en el foro.
       
    13. Canh8r

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      That's some fine marksmanship!
       
    14. Mshew97

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      Great work and great shooting
       

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