Recently, I received an email from a professor who teaches at a US law school. Turns out he grew up in Brazil, and loved his slingshot! Now, at pretty much the same age I was in when I got back into the sport, he feels the same urge...
He asked me about the recommended shooting style (hammer grip vs. finger support), and I said it comes down to personal taste (mine strongly runs towards the hammer grip).
So I offered to make two slingshots for him, as a gift!
So I was left with the task to design a slingshot for a law professor, who is a beginner (again). I settled on a variation of the lead launcher, as the slightly higher fork works good for beginners and experienced shooters alike. But I wanted more "3D" for the handle, and also a "butt" that swings out like my hammers.
For the details, I decided that I want to have as many analogs to a good law as possible.
A good law needs a solid base, so I chose a Multiplex core.
US courts often use oak panelling, so I chose oak for the handles. But in this case I used moor oak, as the tree it came from probably grew at the time of Hammurabi, when one of the oldest written legal codes were established (in Babylon).
I settled on the paragraph sign for the handles. Sawed them out of the oak and later filled them with light grey putty, for the contrast.
A good law is what I call watertight, so I covered the whole frame with polyurethane varnish.
Later on, I will wrap the fork with rubber, so the occasional fork hit won't damage the finish.
Next, the finger support shooter!