The moor oak for Robert arrived, but was unusable, too brittle. Will order from a different supplier.
But in order to test the design some more, I made another version in "full tang", with a Purple Heart Core and Olive Wood scales.
The Purple heart came as a thick board, I had to slice a part off - this took some precision handsaw work. Ever tried to saw a board in half, lengthwise, so you get two thinner boards? Not easy. Took me a while to file it flat so I could laminate the olive wood onto it.
It came out fantastic! The hard, tough Purple Heart allowed me to file the tip needle sharp, so the frame doubles as a "vampire stake". The grain of the olive wood comes out real well with the "female" curves I shaped this into. One of the nicest slingshots I made so far, and also one of the most ergonomical hammer grip frames.