Monday, November 13, 2017

From old to new - Dragon and Dinosaur


Nov. 2017

Time to make: 2 hours

Original design: Bill Macfarlane












 So back when I was making the Hound Dog slide, I had a few turkey neck bones left that I hung on to for future slides. What struck me is how much one looked like a dinosaur and the other like a dragon. So I went with it!

The dragon is painted with a dark green and has a black wash to bring our the contours of the bone. The eyes are yellow seed beads glued in place with crazy glue. The flames are a red feather I applied glue to and split  the vanes to form the flames. I also added a bit of the black wash to the feather in places. the feather was super glued to the mouth.

The dinosaur was easier still! I super glued a couple of air-soft bbs for the eyes and painted it white with craft paint. This time a gray wash was applied to bring out the contours.

 A couple of coats of Poly to seal them and a leather loop attached to the back to finish the slides off.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Slide of the Month - The "Old Scout" Mystery




November  2017

Time to carve: 3 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour

Boy's Life - October 1996 page 52

Design: Jeff Springer






Here is an interesting slide but not because of the design (which I like) but because I can no longer find it online. Some years ago, I did find the article and made a copy of it for my notebook but recently when I went online I could not find the article on the Boy's Life "Wayback Machine" or using Google Books. How odd because I have a copy of the page (see below) from Boy's Life and there are outside references including Scouting magazine.

Carved from a scrape piece of Maple flooring, this was a challenging slide to make. First off the wood is very hard which means my knife has to be sharpened often. Secondly I should have been wearing my Kevlar carving glove when starting this slide. A trip to the emergency room and seven stitches later, I found myself using my "third hand" portable carving vice. (I talk about the vice in the blog another time.) Carving, sanding, adjusting, and more sanding to get the look I wanted to achieve. Painting with craft paints and given a couple coats of Poly to seal it off.


Thursday, October 26, 2017

October extra: Zombie Apocalypse Plan


End of October 2017

Time to make: 1 hours

Original design: Bill Macfarlane

In this time of Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins, I think it is time for me to show my emergency Zombie Apocalypse Plan slide. (What you don't have a Zombie Apocalypse Plan?)

When Zombies are near and everyone is clamoring for what to do, I will hand them this slide.

WARNING this is only to be opened in case of  Zombie attack!!! (Or while blogging about it.)






Made from an Altoids tin painted white and metal loop attached in the back with pop rivets.

The cover and inside are printed on water slide decal paper - chiller font on the outside and the inside has the smallest readable font I could find (It's a lot larger in the photo). Have fun with this and Happy Halloween

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Slide number 1



October  1970?

Time to make: unknown

Finishing: 1.5 hour


Design: unknown








I'm often asked about my first neckerchief slide so I wanted to take this time to talk about it. Sometime in the late 60's or early 70's, as a young Scout, I saw a picture of a Turks head somewhere. Now I'm not sure where I saw it (Scout handbook, Field book, Boy's Life, World Book Encyclopedia  or somewhere else) but I figured out from the picture and description how to tie the knot. Tied from some spare clothes line I found in our basement, I must have kept going until I ran out of line. (Four wraps in some places and three in other places.) I wanted to harden the slide because it was very loose so I coated with some old fashion shellac my Grandfather had in the basement. The shellac was old, thick and dark but it was still absorbed by the cotton cord. It took a couple of days to dry and I have worn it a good many times since then.

Since that time I tied a good many Turks Head slide using everything from leather to paracord (and even a few boot laces in between).  In fact, every year I tie a Turks Head for each of the Webelos crossovers that joins our Troop and in a different color. Just some of the ones I've tied...


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Slide of Month - Wood Water Bucket



October  2017

Time to carve: 2 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour


Design: Greg Firestone








I really like this slide! It reminds of wooden buckets at my grandfather house. I'm not really sure if held water or maybe it was just the way my brother and I pumped water from the old well but it was a guarantee we both would be wet in the end.

I made this one from oak because the grain in oak give the slide a weathered look. The seams are v-cuts and an additional v-cut was used for the wire bands. I stained the bucket with some dark walnut stain which further brings out the grain. The bands are stainless steel wire used in the phone industry to lash phone cables to the support wire. The rope is an end pieces of 275 paracord to give it some color. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Slide of the Month extra! - Scoutmasters run on



Fall 2017

Time to make: 1 hours

Original design: Bill Macfarlane












OK, I can't all the credit for this one since Dunkin' Donuts made it so easy for me but in honor of the first day of fall. I was in a Dunkin Donuts and saw a novelty coffee and pumpkin spice lip balm which looked like the makings of a slide.

The first step was to open the tops and to clean out the waxy material inside. Next I trimmed the labels to remove the lower part so it would look like a regular cup of coffee. I glued the tops on the cups with some super glue. When dry I drilled a couple of small holes on the side in the top and bottom of the cups. Next I super glued a small piece of wire in each hole to hold the cups together. When dry, I drilled a hole in the back of the cups for a wire neckerchief and glued the wire in place.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

From old to new: First Aid Kit


September 2017

Time to make: 1 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Sept. 1951, page37

Original design: E.F.S








The last of the film can slides from Boys Life  (that I know of) is a quick reach when you need a band-aid. While it's no replacement for a full first aid kit, I can appreciate a handy place to grab something for small cuts. The original kit carries finger band-aids, a gauze pad, some first-aid tape...

An aluminum loop is pop riveted to the back and the cross is painted on with model paints.

A plastic film can version


My updated version uses an Altoid Smalls tin which I painted white with spray paint. The decal on the front was a picture I found and printed on my home printer to water slide decal paper.  The contents of this kit are as follows;
Band-Aids
gauze pad
Tylenol 
first aid tape