Saturday, August 1, 2020

Slide of the Month - Ladybug



August 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Apr. 1987, p. 63

Original design: Bill Fleming












Coccinellidae (better known as ladybug in the US or ladybirds in the UK) are the gardener's friend because they eat lots of pests like aphids. My grandparents also me it was a sign of luck when you found them around.


A quick and easy slide carved out of maple and painted with hobby paints. Finished with a couple of couple coats of Poly and has a wooden looped to the back.

Monday, July 13, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Council Contingent



July 2020

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Bill Macfarlane






Today is the day! (That was till Covid-19 reared it's ugly head) So, my pack is unpacked and I'm back in prep mode for Trek 7-11C in 2022. 

My design took the  2018 contingent (whose trip was cancelled because of the Ute fire) design and added the rising sun, in the form of the Zia,  to symbolize a new beginning and hope for the returning members to the 2020 crews. The only difference between this and our final logo was a gray background.

Carved from maple, it was great to bring this project from an idea in my head, to design on the computer, to offical crew logo, and finally a multi level slide. The top level is the Tooth of Time but what you can't see in the photo is the different levels within the mountain and hill in front of it.  The next level is the dome of the sun followed by the rays of the Zia. I used a Dremel tool with a saw bit to cut the spaces between the rays. The last level is the background

Painting this slide turned out to be the hardest part of the slide as I had to paint the Zia a few times to get it right and trying to interpret the vegetation on the Tooth. The paint is hobby paint and a couple coats of poly finish it off.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Slide of the Month - The Shield



July 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Original design: Jeff Springer












Happy Independence Day (or Treason day if you are in England...lol)

 This is one of the slides that strike a note of summer days laying under a tree reading comic books. The first time I read Captain America, (I think it was a reprint of the origin story), the heater shield  was the type he carried  and was later change to a round shield by Jack Kirby.

Carved from maple, its an easy rounding to form the shield shape. Most of the design was done with hobby paints and the stars were done with paint pens. Finished with a couple coats of poly.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont 2021


June 2020

Time to make: 1 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane










                                   DAYS TO PHILMONT                                   
       2020 Cancelled       


I have no words to express my disappointment. Let's hope 2021 treks go off without a hitch

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont 2020





May 2020

Time to make: 1 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane











            DAYS TO PHILMONT                                                 
 2020 Cancelled            


Tonight is the night before our crews learns about our 2020 fate. If the decision to cancel July treks, for safety sake, it will be a disappointment for some and we just have to wait for next time. For others, it's heartbreak as they were in the 2018 crew (treks cancelled because of the fires). The hours and minutes till the announcement will click away so slowly as await liberation.

 A very simple slide as I just couldn't devise a good way to carve this one so this is a water slide base with some painted background to match the decal.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Arrowhead Zia





May 2020

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hours

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane








This is another one of my favorate designs combining several of the elements (Tooths of Time, Arrowhead, and Zita) found in Philmont logos. A layered slide withe the Tooth of Time on top, then the Arrowhead followed by the Zita.  Carved from southern yellow pine, the rays of the Zita were a challenge both in crafting and in painting. The slide was painted with hobby paints and finished off with a couple coats of Poly.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Phillmont zia




May 2020

Time to make: 2  hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane









OK, I'm running a bit behind in my posts but there has been a whirlwind of change going on ...

Our crews are all holding our breaths for the June 1st announcement.  What will it mean for us? Are we still going? Will our treks be different? Will crew size change? Will we be wearing mask and sleeping in tents by ourselves? Will we get in one last training in before we hit the trail? So many questions and the only thing we can do is to keep preparing as individuals. 

I found this design and thought it would make a great slide especially with a different background. Carved from pallet wood (southern pine) it has a couple of interesting features. The letters are raised with the exception of the Zita O which is recessed. The letters are painted with hobby paints and some golden shellac finishes it off.