Saturday, September 18, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Philturn Cook Shelter

September 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont Millennium 1 / Bill Macfarlane


Over at the Philmont Millennium 1 site there are several photos of the early days when Philmont was called Philturn Rocky Mountain Scout Camp and one of the photo there was the Cook Shelter. This is my spin of the photo as a slide. One thing of note, (a mistake but I still like it) beyond the stone cook area sits a Scout. Somehow I thought it was a dark cast iron part of the cook area and yet it still works for me as someone sitting in the shadows.

Carved from southern yellow pine (reclaimed scrap pallet) the levels of the slide give this a sense of depth. Painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple coats of poly. The lettering was done with water slide paper. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra -Philmont Ponil


September 2021

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


Ponil was base camp back when Philmont was known as Rocky Mountain Scout Camp. It is one of the largest back country camps and features many programs including a chuckwagon dinner and if your lucky a pancake breakfast. Root beers can be bought at the cantina and some trout fishing in the stream. It is also where you will find "Cowboy Action Shooting" and have the chance to shoot 38 caliber pistols.

Carved from maple, this was a challenging slide to try complete. The pistols came out better than I expected but there always is room for improvement. I painted it with hobby paints and the lettering was done with water slide paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off. 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Rayado Ridge

  September  2021

  Time to make:         3 hours

  Finishing: 1 hour

  Original design:       Philmont /                Bill Macfarlane


I'm told the sun rise and sun set in Philmont are amazing and this view in Rayado Ridge has to be in the top 10! Rayado Ridge is a great leadership training camp where you can find these courses National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), Philmont Leadership Challenge (PLC)Wood Badge and many other courses.

Carved from maple, it was a really simple slide to carve as it is just an incline way from the land mass (in black) to give the illusion of distance. Next came the painting and, using hobby paints, I started by painting the yellow of the sun as a large circle. Using orange paint, I painted the outside area, furthest from the center, and then with a fairly dry brush dabbed the orange paint in the yellow area. When the paint was dry, I when back with yellow paint and put a drop in the center to make the sun. Lastly, using black paint, I paint the land mass giving the feeling of the sun setting. Nice! The lettering was done with a couple different kinds of water slide paper. The "Rayado Ridge" was done with clear waster slide paper and the "Leadership Camp" was done on white water slide paper printing the red lettering on a black background. A couple coats of poly finish it off.  I really love how this slide turned out!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Slide of the Month- Elephant (Cub Scouts)

September 2021

Time to make: 1/2 hour

Finishing: none

Original design:  Unknown

Hopefully we are all back in person now and as quite a few packs start at the beginning of the school year, lets get the Cubs off to a good start with a simple slide with simple materials.

The original Boy's Life slide called for using an old inner tube and while they are still around, finding a old inner tube isn't as common as it was back in 1961. I found something better and easier to work with in the scrapbooking section of a craft store. The best part is that it comes in a variety of colors and won't break the bank. Buttons are easy to find and you might just have a couple in a sewing kit at home. If you are going to do this with the Cubs, I would suggest making a template out of cardboard or heavy card stock so the Cubs can trace the shape on to the foam sheet before cutting. On to the building...

With the design outline on the foam sheet, I cut out the  shapes with a pair of scissors. (Note: I did make the tabs a little longer than the article call so I could adjust the size of loop and trim it accordingly.)
 Next came cutting the slits for tabs in the ear section which with the foam sheet is really easy. Fold the foam in half along the marked line for the tabs and cut along the line (easy peasy). Now pass the tabs through the slits and form a loop in the back by gluing the tabs together. I used contact cement but I guess you could use just about any kind of glue, staple or sew it together. The button eyes of the elephant, I also glued on instead of sewing them on, as suggest by the article, but once again it's up to you.

It's a quick and easy project for Lions to Webelo's!  

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra- Philmont Crooked Creek


August 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


Crooked Creek Camp is one of two camps at Philmont that is as close to the homesteading experience as possible. No phones, no electric lights, no motor cars, not a single luxury like Robinson Crusoe. It's as primitive as can be. (Sorry, I went Gilligan's Island there for a moment.) But yes there isn't modern life there and in fact there isn't even a road to the camp. All supplies have to be packed in by burro or on foot. So with that song ringing around in your head...

As many of you have probably surmised, the biggest thing I struggle with are faces but second on my list of things I hate to carve are letters. No so much in this slide because the letters didn't need to be perfect as I was going for a more rustic look. Carved from southern (pallet) pine, this is simple low relief  design to form the letters. The surface of the letters were sanded smooth while in between the letters and the background is rough giving the slide a weathered look. The magic comes in with the painting which should give one the thought of being near a cabin. It's painted with hobby paints and a couple of coats of poly finish it off.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Gateway (Boots)


August 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 2 hour

Original design:  Bill Macfarlane


Well it's late in the season and probably the last treks of the summer season are on their way to this glorious monument of the Philmont experience. But why throw your hiking boots over the gateway? Some say it is because your hiking boots are worn out after 14 days on the trail in the rough terrain of Philmont. Other say it's an old military tradition of a "short timer" who retires or is leaving a post.  I've even heard some overseas Scouts bought there boots when arriving in the States and don't have the room in their bags for the return trip home.  It is my belief that after the Philmont experience, you want to say goodbye while still leaving a piece of yourself there.

I got an idea and it just took off...this is one of my larger slides. The base is carved from some reclaimed southern pine from a broken pallet. The poles are from dowel material and the sign is made from a popsicle stick. The bands are made from aluminum flashing distressed by soaking the pieces in white vinegar overnight to give them a weathered steel look. The boots...ah the boots, how I struggled with these. After trying different materials, I cut the boot pattern out of thin leather using an x-acto knife. To give you an idea of the boot pattern, imagine a lower case d and b with their backs together so when you folded them together along the spine it formed a boot.  I super glued the sides of the pattern together with a thread inside and on the other side of the thread another boot. Now with all the parts ready I first assembled the poles by gluing them together and, after they had dried overnight, glued the aluminum bands to them.  Next came the shellac to give the poles and sign (with bands attached) the finish I was looking for. I glued the poles to the base before attaching the sign to the poles so everything would line  up correctly. At this point I painted the base, using hobby paints, being careful to not get paint on the poles or the sign. I used waterslide decal paper for the lettering on the gateway and applied it before adding the boots. To hang the boots, I used a layer of thin super glue and had to work quickly as the thin super glue dries fast. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.

When I say this slide is big, it takes up two levels in my storage system (top and bottom) and when worn it certainly makes itself known. I don't if I'll throw my boots over the gateway when I go, but maybe just maybe there could be a couple of slides hanging there...

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Crater Lake (Pole climb)


August 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


Someday I hope to get the Crater Lake and see if my pole climbing technique (from my days as a telephone I/R man) still will serve me well. I hear the Crater Lake Boys (and girls) have one heck of a campfire show too!

What fun to carve this in perspective! Made from southern (pallet) pine, this combines a layered technique while trying to convey the height of the pole. Once I was satisficed with the slide, I painted it with hobby paints, lettered using waterslide paper, and finished it with a couple of coats of poly.