Friday, November 8, 2019

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Training Center




November 2019

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane





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As Philmont backcountry is the "Scouting Paradise", the Training Center is the Shangrila of  Scouter (and Scout) training centers.  If you ever have the chance, take a course there!

Wow, what a mix of levels to this slide. Carved from pallet wood, the top (where the Scout symbol is) is slightly domed against the Zia. The yellow disk sits below the Zia and above the outside ring. The lettering was done with water slide paper and the slide was finished off using acrlic spray

As Philmont backcountry is the "Scouting Paradise", the Training Center is the Shangrila of  Scouter (and Scout) training centers.  If you ever have the chance, take a course there!

Wow, what a mix of levels to this slide. Carved from pallet wood, the top (where the Scout symbol is) is slightly domed against the Zia. The yellow disk sits below the Zia and above the outside ring. The lettering was done with water slide paper and the slide was finished off using hobby paints and acrlic spray

Friday, November 1, 2019

Slide of the Month - Seagull


November 2019

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

January 1981, page 50

Original design: Wayne Mason







I love seeing seagulls off the coast of New England but I can help thinking of this scene from Finding Nemo.  (mine, mine, mine...)

 The pier is made from a piece of ceder and the ends have been hit several times with a hammer to give it the look of being pounded into the ground. The rope is some hemp string tied in the back and held the ceder together when I was gluing them together. The body of the seagull is craved from maple and the leg is a paper clip. The seagull is painted with the hobby paint and it is finished up with a couple coats of poly.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Silde of the Month Extra Extra - Philmont logo



October 2019

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane





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So lets combine a couple of last few slides into another well recognized symbol of Philmont.

Carved from reclaimed white oak pallet wood, I purposefully left this on the rough side because I liked the thought of it being carved on the trail. It is painted with hobby paints and finished with amber shellac.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Silde of the Month Extra - Philmont Bull



October 2019

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane





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Another widely recognized symbols of Philmont is the black bull.  There was also a white bull for female advisors that was available until sometime in 1980's (or so I'm told).  I, as a young Scout, would often see the felt black bull sewed over the left pocket on the iconic red wool jacket.  Can't wait to get one for my jacket!

Using white oak, from a scrap piece of pallet, the bull pattern was cut out using a coping saw. Next, using my favorite knife, I set about planning and carving the bull. Despite my best efforts, the legs are brittle and ended up having a fair amount of CA (Super) glue holding them together. Painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple of coats of Poly.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Slide of the Month - Popsicle



October 2019

Time to make: 1 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

May 1979, page 70

Original design: Wayne Mason







Memory's of Summer, warm temps, kids playing, and the sound of the Ice Cream truck. Sigh...now on to Fall.

 Maybe one of the easiest slide I've ever made! I cut the body of the Popsicle using a saw and sanded it smooth. I then cut a slot in the bottom of the body to accepted a real Popsicle stick which was glued in place. I painted the slide to look like a chocolate covered ice cream (Revello Bars) and finished it off with a couple of coats of poly.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Slide of the Month Extra Extra- Philmont Arrowhead



September 2019

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane






One of the most recognizable symbols of Philmont is the Arrowhead with the Tooth of Time on it.  First issued in 1957, the Arrowhead patch is awarded to each participant who compleats a 7 or 12-day trek and service project. I look forward to earning this award.

Carved from white oak using reclaimed scrap wood from a broken pallet, this wood is an interesting carvable hardwood. It's softer than maple, my favorite, yet hard enough to hold fine details.   The Tooth of Time is raised off the arrowhead and the slide is painted with craft paints. The lettering is done with an inkjet printer, water slide decal paper, and clear acrylic spray finish. Once the lettering was in place, the slide is finished off with the same acrylic spray finish and a wooden neckerchief loop

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Slide of the Month extra - Philmont



September 2019

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane






Yes, I'm headed to Philmont as a part of a Council Continent and I thought I would come up with a series of Philmont inspired neckerchief slides. Depending on how of these I decided to make, I may be posting more "extra" slides during the days leading up to leaving for Philmont.

So one of the most recognizable images of Philmont is the Philmont name itself and the special font used. What better place to start this series! While I'm not a fan of carving letters, this Philmont font just screamed out to use maple for this slide. Working slowly and carefully, I was able to come up with my best attempt of replicating the font. The slide is painted with hobby paints and finished with a couple of coats of poly.