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"Pygmalion" - the taming of a natural fork

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by JoergS, Nov 14, 2010.

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  1. JoergS

    JoergS Member

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    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:

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    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.

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    Next, I removed the bark and properly microwaved it.

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    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.

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    Glued everything together with epoxy.

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

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    Then the sanding job.

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

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

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    A very strong slingshot, perfect weight and fork dimensions.

    Jörg
     
  2. HiWayMan

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    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.
     
  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
     
  4. JoergS

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    So is a guy with two artificial knees or hips no longer "natural"?

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