Saturday, June 12, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Ring Place


June  2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Ring Place camp is on the old Ring homestead and is know for the clearest view of the stars. It is said on a clear night you can even see the rings of Saturn. Rumor has it, the staff at Ring Place is also the friendliest of all the camps (but your mileage my vary). The is a great article on Ring Place in the Phil News from August 2015.


An unique experience carving this slide for southern (pallet) pine as it is far more complex than it appears. The telescope, counter weight (at lease that is what I think it is), and the eyepiece are somewhat up to interpretation so I beg the readers pardon if I have it wrong. Painted with hobby paints for the main body of the slide and the lettering and starts were done by hand using paint pens. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Slide of the Month-Sundial


 


June 2021

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour 

Original design:  George E. Haddad 





June 20, 2021 is the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. What better time to make a sundial! It is simple to use and you can tell the time by simply looking at the shadow on the dial. I know what you are thinking, how do you know the time at night?  If it is dark out, its time to go to bed.


Simple to use but a bit tricky to set up as the slide has to be cut on an angle in accordance to the latitude where you are located. For example, the latitude of Boston, MA 42.3601° N, so with this in mind, the angle of the slide would be cut at 42 degrees. I used a block of pine and cut the angle for my area first before drilling a 3/4 inch hole in the top of the slide. For the scale, I screen printed the  from boys life and brought it into MS Paint to enhance the lines and numbers. Once I was happy with it, I cropped the scale and printed it to waterslide paper. The next step was to drill a hole and glue the dowel in place. I painted it with white paint and, when dry, the decal to the slide. Next, a couple of coats of polly were applied. To finish off the slide, I took a fine line sharpie marker and wrote instructions on the back of the slide reminding me to point the dowel to the north while holding the slide flat.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Commissary


May 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Bill Macfarlane







 

Every wonder how all those tasty trail meal make it up to the back country camps? Pedro the pack mule? Hiked in by dedicated first year staff? No, its the job of the Philmont Commissary Staff who tireless work to make sure we are resupplied. Here we see our new staffer Barry loaded up and heading out on his first day.

This concept slide honors behind the scenes work the commissary staff does every day getting the many tons (yes tons) of food to the Scouts, Scouters, and Staff. Thank you, because without you I'd have to carry 14 days of food on my back. And the Bear you ask, well sometimes I just make myself laugh at my weird sense humor...

Carved from maple, the tricky part was trying to make the truck look like a loaded truck without making the bear look too small. As a result, the truck is a bit more of a Jeep or perhaps cartoon like. Painted with hobby paints, lettering with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of Poly.
 

Monday, May 10, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Wilderness First Aid



May 2021

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

A subject near to my heart as I have spent a good part of my life learning, practicing or teaching First Aid. I am proud to combine my love of Scouting and emergency medicine as a Wilderness First Aid instructor.

Carved from southern (pallet) pine this is another slide carved in layers. The top layer is the cross followed by the foreground. The Tooth is the next level and the background on the raised part of the arrowhead. The lowest part of the slide has the lettering which is done with waterslide paper. I used hobby paints to color the slide and a couple coats of poly to finish it off.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Slide of the Month - Knight's Sword and Shield



May 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

August 1977, page 69

Original design:Wayne Mason












I've heard it said,  Lord Baden Powell used  King Arthur's Code of Chivalry and the Knights of the Round Table when writing his Scouting for Boy. What better way to honor the King Arthur legend by creating an inspired Sword and Shield!

Carved from a couple pieces of  maple, the shield was a quick and easy start. The sword was a bit trickier as the double edged blade and the handle took a steady hand to make. Finished with hobby paints and some painters tape. The royal lion was painted freehand. The sword was glued to the shield as was the coat wire loop. A couple of coats of poly to round this off.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Camp Quarantine


April 2021

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour
 

Original design:  
Camp Quarantine/Bill Macfarlane












A year ago while the world tried to figure out how to continue on remotely, Scouting tied something new. A hybrid camping experience called Camp Quarantine which included camping in your backyard and participating online experiences.  While not the same as being in the quiet sounds of the woods, I don't like the sound of traffic when I'm tiring to sleep, but it was the only camping experience we had as Scouts until the fall but that's another story. 

Based off the patch for Camp Quarantine, this was carved from maple on the same weekend as Camp Quarantine sitting in front of my tent. (I did paint it inside though) There is something I really like about the solitude of the woods under the stars. 

 

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Blacksmith Forge


 


April 2021

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane










 

The weather is getting warmer. I'm itching to heat, beat, and repeat. The black smith shops around Philmont use coal fired forges like this one to teach blacksmithing so this is my ode to them.


After doing a bunch of slides with different levels, it was nice to try something free hand. So after looking at a couple of pictures of the forges at Philmont, I carved this out of a piece of  bass wood and painted it with hobby paints. I finished it off with a couple coats of poly.