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Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by bottlecap, Sep 23, 2020.

By bottlecap on Sep 23, 2020 at 5:28 PM
  1. bottlecap

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    Both nearing completion, need finishing.
    Both of these were cut from live trees in a powerline right-of-way that gets shredded flat every five years.
    Both were stripped of bark with my Buck, then dried in the microwave on defrost, 4 minute zap then cool for about ten minutes. Both needed about 8 zaps to dry out.
    Twist is from a fork in a Staghorn Sumac. This tree grows literally like weeds around here. Pretty soft and easy to work with, This one is carved strictly with hand tools. The grain is gorgeous, not sure how well it shows in the pics. I'm hoping maybe a CA finish will seal the colors.
    Singe is cut from Black Locust. This stuff is like granite, huge difference from Sumac. Used my angle grinder to get initial shape down the rasped the crap out of it. This particular tree is almost exclusively sap wood in its first years so it is practically bone-white all the way through. Used my mini torch to singe in the burn marks.
    I'll be finishing them off soon and I'll post each one.
    Thanks for checking them out, can't wait to shoot them.
    Front and back shots shown.
    twistandsingefront.JPG twistandsingeback.JPG

    Tim
     
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Discussion in 'Homemade Slingshots' started by bottlecap, Sep 23, 2020.

    1. KawKan

      KawKan Veteran Member

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      Amazing lines on the Sumac!
      Looking forward to following the progress.
       
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    2. SLING-N-SHOT

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      Very cool Tim, love the carving


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      The torch use really gives that fork character!
       
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      bottlecap New Member

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      Thanks for the comments! The Locust is so white and looked really good with the natural "bleached" appearance but I know the finish will change all that, the torch effect was just the thing.
       
    5. bottlecap

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      Here's the un-torched Black Locust jobbie...
      b4 singe.JPG
       
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      Nice lines and open mined on them
       
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      Unique. I like them.
       
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      Nature is an amazing supplier and you've got a sense for beauty. :tu:
       
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    9. bottlecap

      bottlecap New Member

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      Big thanks for all the comments!
       
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      They look great.
       
    11. bottlecap

      bottlecap New Member

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      As promised, some finish shots.
      Went with just CA on Twist in hopes that the natural ring colors will be preserved. First time using this as a finish, still have some learning to do.
      Stained Singe with a mixture of used coffee grounds, cocoa, turmeric and water, then also hit it with two coats of CA.
      Just need to band them up and shoot'm now.
      Thanks.
      twistfin1.JPG twistfin2.JPG twistfin3.JPG singefin1.JPG singefin2.JPG
       
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    12. Y-onathan

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      Please let us know what shooting was like! I'm certain, they'll shoot as good as they look!:)
       
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    13. Devils son in law

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      Both are very nice!!! I've done few frames from Sumac and the grain never disappoints!
       
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    14. bottlecap

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      Thanks guys! Definitely want to do a few more Sumac forks in the future, they're fun and carve up so easily. Currently, though, I've got a bunch of raw nattys that need attention. Just ordered a Shinto Saw Rasp this morning to add to my bucket.
      I banded up the forks yesterday and spent about 30 minutes shooting and finding the sweet spot(s), both had a great feel. Thanks again for stopping by.

      Tim
       
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      Great job Tim, never seen sumac before, looks fantastic. I'll be checking out that saw too [emoji1303]

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      Thanks man!
       

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