Monday, January 20, 2020

Slide of the Month Special - Philmont dinner bell

January 2020



Time to make: 3 hours



Finishing: 1 hour


Original design:  / Bill Macfarlane

Inspiration: Philmont








So there I was happily carving a neckerchief slide when suddenly the knife slipped and grazed my plam. Although the cut was small, bright red blood shot across the table every time my heart beat and at that moment all I could think was I WANT TO GO BACK TO PHILMONT...
True story with the exception of doing the Philmont Ranger Song but I digress. As I'm getting ready for Philmont, I seen quite a few video's of the pre-dinner ritual and  one of my favorites is Andy Parrish"s video so I got the idea to do this slide. I also want to thank monkeyboysmedia on the /philmont subReddit for giving me a picture to work from!

Carved from a scrap piece of red oak, it was a challenge to carve because of the brittleness of this wood and the areas that needed to be removed around the bell. I also took some liberty when paint with the stones just to make the bell pedestal a little more interesting. The slide is painted with hobby paint and sealed with a couple coats of Poly.




Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Siliver Dollar




January 2020

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane









Loosely based on the Silver Dollar ("P" or "Dollar" if you prefer) patch, this patch and the segments ringing the patch (NOT SHOWN HERE) were the crowning gems of Scouts attending Philmont from 1942 to 1956. There was an interesting article in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue of Scouter magazine, page 14) about this patch.

Carved from southern yellow pine, this slide is carved in layers with the P being the top level and followed by the Tooth of Time and the other layers. I painted it with hobby paints and lettered the outside ring using water slide paper. A couple coats of poly finish it off.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Side of the Month - Baden Powell hat



January 2019

Time to carve: 1 hour

Finishing: .5 hour

Boy's Life -July 1992, page 71

Design: James C. Hansen Sr.







I've always been fascinated with the Scouting Campaign hat but alas, I've never owned one. It seemed to me, as a Scout, that most of the old Scouters had both one of these and a red wool jacket. These guys seemed to know every Scout skill and had some of the best Scouting stories around the campfire. Come to think about, a lot of folks in authority wear a similar style hat (i.e. Conservation Officers, State Policemen, drill Sargent's just to name a few)

Carved from Basswood, I love to say this is perfectly round but it's not. The brim has a taper and the indentations in the hat were carved in a v pattern cut.  The hat cord is some nylon string and the ends are made from a dowel with a very small hole drilled through them. The cord is held in place using superglue.  It's painted with craft paints and finished with a couple of coats of poly.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Bull and Zia




September 2019

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane






Yes, it is a logo I saw on a bottle opener on the Tooth of Time Traders site but I thought it was so cool that I had to make it as a slide.


Made from white oak, this slide was the combination of some Philmont slides I've already done. It's painted with hobby paints and finished off with a couple of poly.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Slide of the Month - Holiday Wreath



December 2019

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Nov. 1990, page 59

Original design: Terry Gilbert













Well, its time of the year again (and maybe I'll post it in time) for a holiday-themed slide.

A bit prep work with this slide by drilling a hole in the center and cutting the outside diameter of this piece of maple with copping saw. The next step was to lower the level of the wreath to allow for carving the bow. After completing the bow, it was time to chip cut the wreath. Although the hobby paints don't show it, there is a texture to the slide to make it look like a wreath. A couple of coats of poly finish it off. Happy Holidays all!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Slide of the Month Extra Extra - Philmont Gateway




November 2019

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







The gateway is another great symbol of Philmont and one I can't wait to see. (Though I don't know if you will see my boots hanging from it.)

Carved from white oak, this is also a side with many levels. The Tooth of Time in the background and the near hills on the next level. Finishing up with the Gateway and close area on the top level. I've used craft paints for most of the slide with a green wash on the mountain.  The lettering was done with water slide paper and the slide was finished off using acrylic spray.

My only regret is not being able to create the hanging boots for the gateway. 

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