I did the Lead Launcher design a while ago for John the "Gamekeeper" Webb. I had to work under constraints.
- Hammer Grip (my specialty, John prefers the finger support style)
- Multiplex in 18 mm (that is what John uses)
- Secure fork height (in other words, OK for beginners)
- Not too much filework required (John's products are very inexpensive)
It came out very very well. To this day, I believe this simple design is one of my best.
However, the better is the natural enemy of the good.
I added finger grooves to the slightly altered handle shape, and adjusted the fork accordingly.
Then I used car body epoxy putty to smoothen all edges and surfaces, then added a delibaretely coarse camo paint job. This looks like it has been carved from a single piece of wood, no seams. And it gives a lot of purchase due to the rough surface.