Monday, August 8, 2011

First "natural" from the dogwood tree





Here is the first "natural" from the tree/brush (common dogwood) I had to fell.

Started with an ugly fork and sawed the "handle" of, then I carved a nicer handle from a thicker branch and attacged it in the magic "Phoenix" angle (120 degrees). It has a steel core for total stability.

The wood can be polished like ivory, feels fantastic. It is so dense and hard.

I added a "collar" from shrink tube to cover the "throat cut". Nice cushion for the webbing of the hand, too.

56 comments:

  1. hi jorg, i think your slingshot from the dogwood looks fantastic!keep up the amazing job.
    DJ

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  2. the finished result looks like it could be plastic

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  3. love the collar .. will do that sometime myself.

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  4. You should auction some of your amazing creations some time.

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  5. Yellow
    Yeap, it looks almost like ivory :)
    I had this same color and surface with linden, but that wood is way to soft.
    Very nice. Looking forward to see the next ones :)
    Cheers
    Rafal

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  6. Please! I need one Slingshot! I love them!

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  7. You definitely can bludgeon someone on the back of the head and do some serious damage with the hilt. Now modify with a steel tip like what you did with the vampire stake haha. Great looking finish to it!

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  8. O MY GOD!!!!! This is like most amazing natural I have ever seen!!! Good job Joerg :)

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  9. now that's a nice looking sling shot, what kind of band-set are you going to use?

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  10. nice one, im liking that one a lot

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  11. Will attach a set of TB Gold, Butterfly, for 16mm lead.

    2,8cm x 1,8cm x 29cm, two bands per side.

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  12. Hi Jörg,
    I like your technique of using separate pieces of wood for the fork an the handle, as you will hardly find such a perfectly Y-shaped frame in one piece.
    Could you tell us more about the steel core? Did you just drill two holes in the fork an the handle to insert a piece of steel rod as you would do with a wooden dowel?
    Thanks!

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  13. Yes, I drill a hole into both parts. I use a threaded rod (8mm) because the increased surface is better for the glueing.

    I drill the hole very tight so I have to hammer in the rod. My rule is that the frame needs to hold without any glue, so the glue is just to make sure the frame won't ever come apart. But the strain must be on the wood and the rod, not on the glue.

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  14. and if you take the upper part, it can be used as a count against vampires )))

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  15. Hell nice o.o looks great man, you really are the King of Slingshots xD

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  16. Natural, but so polished that it looks like plastic.Fantastic

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  17. Ahhhh amazing as usual (: i hope i win a slingshot on the 14th! Greetings from Malaysia! (: ICH LIEBE DICH!

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  18. That is a very beautiful slingshot. Did not know Dogwood was a good slingshot building wood.

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  19. Haha ya i love this piece its amazing what ya can do with the right type of wood . great job jourg =]

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  20. Wow Amazing. Sure beats what I grew up with.

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  21. Amazing!i was looking for a place on the net thats just for slingshots. so cool!

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  22. Taking the simplest of components and truly making a work of art out of it. This is why i love your channel!

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  23. Hi Jörg,
    Great job with all the pieces! Your site reminds me of my father telling stories of how he used slingshots as a kid in Mexico. Keep up the great work!

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  24. That looks amazing. I never thought that Dogwood would look so nice.

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  25. Thats really awesome for what started as a branch

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  26. Great Job! I love your sling shots and your videos! Reminds of when I was a kid and would make a sling shot out of a tree branch and some rubber bands.

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  27. Every sling-shot I've made over the years has had less than a perfect 'Y' form as I use a modified 'ghetto' shooting style and this allows the forks to be level when I shoot with my grip canted to the right somewhat. Have I been missing something? Most, if not all, of what I've seen you make has a'Y' profile. Is that better for gripping under tension or simply just the 'classical' look?

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  28. Great stuff my friend. After years of messing with archery gear, using slingshots is a breath of fresh air. Great fun, addictive and most of all affordable to anyone, not just the elite few. I love your imaginative designs, they give me inspiration to have a go myself. The natural oldschool look rocks, Keep it up!
    Chris.

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  29. I have to say that every time I watch the video of you and your slingshots, it brings me back to my youth. When I was 10 I made my first cross-bow and at 13 I made a 1/4 scale catapult. I loved making things like that as a kid. I think I'm going to start making these again with my own kids. Thanks.

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  30. Really Great. Congratulations. Looked out for common dogwood here and found one near my flat. Delicous cherry-like fruits also .. (no one else was brave enough to taste, there are so many left even it is on public land, I think they think they are poisonous) ;)

    Mentioned I would like to win a slingshot?

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  31. Yes, I hope this is the correct place to post to hopefully win one of your great slingshots. Let me know otherwise. Thanks

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  32. Gutten Tag..

    Great site, have been watching your videos for years.. always enjoyable... I carry all the time.. thank you for the information and entertainment..
    REB

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  33. Oh yeah....that looks really nice...

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  34. As kids we loved making slingshots and rudimentary bows. Now it's my son's turn...

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  35. I didn't know that Dogwood was so dense. We have a lot of Dogwood trees in Georgia.

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  36. I first found out about you on TheBlaze, and checked out your Youtube channel. All I can say is WOW so very cool! Your handle design reminds me of the slingshots my grandfather and I use to carve back in the day. He would send me in the back of his yard and ask me to find the perfect tree limbs for the job. We would sit for hours whittling different slingshots and bows, and shoot down cola cans with them! Keep up the great work, and thank you for helping me relive many great memories!

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  37. fantastic work! Absolutely unique! Good Luck!

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  38. Nice job on these. Really Creative

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  39. These are so cool! My Grandfather used to make similar ones for me as a boy from lilac wood forks. I still have one and they last forever.

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  40. Wow! such a good job polishing
    You're an amaing craftsman!

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  41. Amazing!, cant wait to see the other ones done :)!!

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  42. I really like this! How are you mounting the bands?

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  43. This is absolutely beautiful. I didn't realize you could get wood to look this amazing. It looks like ivory. Excellent craftsmanship!

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  44. very nice yet again another that reminds me of the wasp like design good work keep'em coming.

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  45. I don`t know why but I realy like this design :D

    good work!

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  46. niceee.i just wish u made more youtube tutorials. keep it up

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  47. TacticalHuntingSurvivalistAugust 16, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    Nice I wish I could find a dogwood tree

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  48. That is really nice looking wood and slingshot. Very nice to combine with some very dark ebenholz that wood is. Some great ambition you have.

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  49. Dogwood is heavier than oak at about 54lbs per cubic foot as I recall. I'm not sure what other properties it has thought but it probably has a tight grain due to age versus size. Nice slingshot!

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