Saturday, November 26, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Easter Island Head (Enhanced)


 


November 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour
Boy's Life
Original design:  Bill Macfarlane













So recently I came accross a slide I was doing as an example for a zoom Wood Carving merit badge a couple of years ago. It was a Easter Island Head slide and I already have a couple of these in my collection so I thought I would modify it a bit. 

 Carved from pine it started as the basic head. To enhance the head, I first cut elongated eye slots - easy enough. Next the mouth was opened and holes cut into the ear area. Lastly, I cut what was the forhead into more of a headdress - nice! I finished it off with hobby paints and a couple of coats of poly.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Urraca Challenge



 November 2022

 Time to make: 3 hours

 Finishing: 1 hour

 Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane








Urraca camp has a challenge area which crews work together to accomplish.  From high walls to spider web, crews have to use out of the box thinking to be successful. 

Carved from southern (pallet) pine, the slide contains one of the things is dislike carving - hands. After painting the slide with hobby paints and applying the lettering, I used "puffy" paint pens to make the net. A couple of coats of poly finish it off 

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Harlan

 


July 2020

Time to make: 1 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane





So the funny thing about my Philmont slides is I never got the chance to publish them all before leaving for Philmont and the other weird thing is I've made more. So without further ado...

Harlan Camp was a great camp for shotgun shooting and reloading but it had to be shut down after the Ute Park fire in 2018. Because of this, Santa Claus camp was reestablished as a staff camp for shotgun shooting.  A great story was published on Harlan and Sawmill in a  2016 PhilNews story  

Carved from a piece of pallet pine, a simple slide to make. Painted with hobby paints and lettered with waterslide paper. The slide is sealed with a couple of coats of poly.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Slide of the month - Clown



November 2022

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Aug. 1984, page 53

Original design:  Fritz Hines












Another clown slide!

Carved from maple with a dowel nose. Painted with hobby paints and finished with a couple coats of poly.


Saturday, October 15, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra- Philmont Cimarroncito 8


 


October 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane











Cimarroncito is a great area for climbing and includes an indoor climbing gym in the old commissary building. After the 2018 Ute Park fire, the commissary function was moved from Ute Gulch back to Cimarroncito. 

Carved from southern (pallet) pine, the climbing 8 was an easy slide to carve. The slide was painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple coats of poly. The lettering and climbing backgrounds were done with waterslide paper. 

Slide of the Month Extra - Glass Bead knots


October 2022

Time to make: don't remember

Finishing: none

Original design:  Corning Glass / Bill Macfarlane













So something a little different. I was out at Corning Glass and had the chance to make a couple of glass beads. My original thought was these would fit my wife's Pandora bracelet but when we received them in the mail (the beads had to cool) they didn't fit. It was then I thought these would make really nice neckerchief  end knots. 

 

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Slide of the Month - Howling Coyote



October 2022

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

June 1992, page 63

Original design: Jeff Springer












One of the things I like about Jeff Springer's designs are the simplistic elegance as in this howling coyote. (You might want to turn down your speakers if you click the link.)

Carved from maple and painted with hobby paints. Finished with a couple coats of poly.