From humble beginnings of using leftover pieces of plexi, an old bungee, a metal rod I was using in the garden, and best of all......a rocking chair rocker that I just knew would come in handy someday for something! The only thing I had to buy was one 8' piece of clear, 1 X 4 pine. Other than that, I did pick up some brass nails for decorating and some leather cording to do the final wrapping.
Here's how it looked when I was just gluing the layers of 1 X 4 together after routing out the needed inner recesses:
The recess for the cam wheel.
And here's how the pieces looked after some shaping:
And then with some test assembly. (Yes, it DOES work!)
Now it's time for the staining and final assembly. I am going to do a sort of basic military/noble sportsman hybrid, keeping most of the design simple but adding a few decorative accents as points of interest. When completed it should look pretty authentic!