"Pygmalion" - the taming of a natural fork


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JoergS
November 14, 2010, 04:40 AM
OK, I have never presented a natural fork so far. The reason is that it is hard to find a natural that has a low and wide enough fork, which is what I prefer.

A friend of mine challenged me to make a "Phoenix" design from a natural, and I accepted.

This is the outcome:

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/5243/tamed2.jpg

Yes, it is a natural fork. It doesn't look like a natural at all, right?

Here is where I started from. Real big, but with the typical narrow fork that doesn't work well for me. But enough "meat" to carve it to my liking. I don't know which wood it is, bark and leafs look like beech, but the trees have nasty thorns.

http://img580.imageshack.us/img580/3667/tamed3.jpg

Next, I removed the bark and properly microwaved it.

http://img689.imageshack.us/img689/4235/tamed4.jpg

Then I cut of the fork arms and changed the angle on the handle. I drilled in 8mm holes and bend 8 mm threaded rods so the angle is just right.

http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/5235/tamed5.jpg

Glued everything together with epoxy.

http://img517.imageshack.us/img517/9070/tamed6.jpg

Took the rasp. 90 minutes later, the rough shape was done.

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/374/tamed7.jpg

Then the sanding job.

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/4269/tamed8.jpg

Several layers of black spray paint, to de-naturalize it further.

http://img547.imageshack.us/img547/6345/tamed9.jpg

Then sanding with very fine sandpaper to achieve the plastic-like sheen:

http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/4443/tamed1.jpg

A very strong slingshot, perfect weight and fork dimensions.

Jörg

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HiWayMan
November 16, 2010, 11:49 AM
We must have a different definition of "natural". Cutting and glueing is just plain old cheating.:neener:

Love your work. You sir are quite the addict.

hso
November 16, 2010, 03:35 PM
Gotta agree that cutting the limbs off and then reattaching them with steel cores isn't exactly "natural", even if it looks good when you're done.

JoergS
November 17, 2010, 01:58 AM
So is a guy with two artificial knees or hips no longer "natural"?

Well, you are right, this is a "Cyborg Natural". :)

wheelgunslinger
November 17, 2010, 10:01 AM
"cyborg natural" lol

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