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The Ornery Pie Natty build-along

Discussion in 'Slingshot Building' started by StixShooter, Sep 23, 2020.

By StixShooter on Sep 23, 2020 at 11:54 PM
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    Back in April, I contact our resident ornery Canadian, @honorary pie, about a sling I had and was wondering if he'd be interested in it. One thing led to another, and we decided to do a Natty swap instead. So, I went out to the garage and selected a suitable left hand hold beech fork that was well dried:
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    I debarked it with a utility knife, and then used my Lee Valley Japanese Razor file for a bit:
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    Any time I use hand tools for a protracted period, I get the itch to speed things up, so off to the spindle sander for more rapid stock removal. Beech is lovely wood—hard and relatively tight grained. The coarse 80 grit drum works well on it:
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Discussion in 'Slingshot Building' started by StixShooter, Sep 23, 2020.

    1. StixShooter

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      Next more hand carving to round out the butt and follow the shapes I see:
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      I've always been inspred by @Quercusuber natties, and so I tried to find crisp lines and curves in the spirit of his work. I trimmed the tips and then used 60/80 grit to shape. Then up through the grits to about 320 grit (I lack patience to go much higher):
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      Next a personal touch for Mr. Pie carved with a straight razor blade:
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      Then the lanyard hole. I like lanyard holes more for the look of them than anything else, though I will use a lanyard from time to time. I used 1/4" copper tube, and then flared the ends in the vice with two large ball bearings. After that, file and super glue for filler in cracks: IMG_4466.jpg IMG_4468.jpg IMG_4469.jpg IMG_4470.jpg
       
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      The final result pre-finishing. I kept a little dark patch of bark on the back just because I thought it looked interesting:
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      And finally, the finish. Many coats and soaks of raw linseed oil (no pics), followed by...
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      *GASP* paste wax (for those of you who recall Pie's diatribe 'gainst the stuff!). That's how I roll, Pie! :p
       
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      And the final shots. Beech is pretty under-rated. It has some lovely grain patterns and is really hard wood, and takes finish well. Hope you enjoyed the build along!
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      I have another one that I did for him as well, and I'll post a build along for that one soon.

      Just for the record, Pie gave me two absolute stunners: a wormy Ash fork that that's too cool for words (though the word 'Zombie' springs to mind), and a little gem made out of box elder. I have to take some beauty shots of those two to share as well. Stay tuned...
       
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      Great results and love all the pics. Beauty of a fork!
       
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      Beautiful natty !! Lol waxed it that made my day :rotfl:
       
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      Beautiful
       
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      Oh, that's lovely!

      For the love of all that's good .... do you really think Pie deserves such a nice fork? o_O
       
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      Thanks for the comments guys! I have one more build to post—I'll try to put that one up tonight.
       
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      Wait 'till you see his creations—I'd say it was a fair trade!:)

      I have one more build to post—I'll try to do that tonight.
       
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      Very nice!
       
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      Very cool build along . The bb trick is genius I’ll be trying that next build definitely. Thanks fella
      All the best


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      My friend, that is just one SWEET and LOVELY slingshot you've created!!!!:rolleyes::rolleyes::tu:
      BEAUTIFUL shape, very akin to one I would have created myself.
      But of course you've made an INCREDIBLE carving job, better than I would have done!!
      LOVE the logo detail!!!! AWESOME!!!:drool:
      Congratulations!!
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      Great job, you've got to be happy with that.
       
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      Now THAT is high praise!! Thanks!
       
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      EXCELLENT!!!
       
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