Saturday, January 15, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra- Philmont Double H VLA


 



January 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Back in October of 2021 I posted a Double H slide and it got me thinking about one of the sights the Double H treks got to see. The VLA (Very Large Array) is an amazing radio astronomy observatory located in Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.  Each of the 27 (and one spare) telescopes are mounted on train tracks so the telescopes can be moved to focus on different areas of the cosmos.  

A fun slide to make (once I figured out how to). Carved from reclaimed pallet wood, I need to create a basic bowel but also include the framework for the feed horn at the top. This took lots of time carving out the middle of the slide using a gouge tool. Lots of sanding on this too! Painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Villa Philmonte



January 2022

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane








Villa Philmonte built in 1926 near Cimarron, NM by oil baron Waite Phillips. The name is taken from the first part of Phillips and the Spanish word "monte" meaning mountain. Though there were other retreats built on his ranch (Fish Camp, Hunting Lodge and Agua Fria Camp), the Villa Philmonte was the main home on the Ranch. In 1941, Waite Phillips donated the Ranch to the Boy Scouts of America. Today the Villa serves as a museum of the original furnishing and collections of antiques and weapons.

Carved from maple, this was a challenge because of the different areas (wings?) of the building and the various angles. I painted the slide with hobby paints. The lettering, doors and windows were done using waterslide paper. A couple coats of poly finish it off. 

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Slide of the Month - Happy hound





January  2022

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Dec. 1987, page 73

Original design:  Bill Fleming















What makes this hound so happy - it's the New Year!  So we enter the New Year with hopes, dreams, and with any luck no issues that will prevent a Philmont Trek. 

Carved from a piece of maple, I left some areas a bit rough (chip style) for some texture and other areas are sanded smooth (like the eyes and tongue). Painted with craft paints and given a couple of coats of poly to finish it off. I kind of looks like a cartoon character (he-who-will-not-be-named because I don't want the mouse network after me). Let's just call him a name like the one time 9th planet. 

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Slide of the month Extra - Philmont Pickle


December 2021

Time to make: 1.5 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

No it's not the Christmas Pickle and there is no extra present for finding it first. This represents the infamous Philmont Pickle and the challenge is to be able to eat this spicy wonder. I've heard tales of Scouts downing the pickle and juice in record time (sometimes with  disastrous results later in the day).


A really easy slide to carve from a piece of scrap wood but the interesting part comes with the layering of hobby paints to give it some depth. (The picture doesn't do it justice!) The lettering was done with waterslide paper and a couple of coats of poly finish it off.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Santa Claus


December 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Santa Claus Camp in July? Well sure! Santa Claus camp has a long history at Philmont and was a staffed camp until the 90's when the well ran dry. As an unstaffed camp, in 2000 lightning struck a bear cable burning bear bags to a crisp and 2002 the camp suffered damage in the Ponil Complex Fire. In 2018 the Ute Fire burned the shotgun range (which has since been rebuilt). But in 2019, Santa Claus became a staffed camp once again.

This slide just cried out to be carved in maple because of all the unique areas to be defined. Scroll or list, for example, would have proved to have been to delicate in a softer wood. Painted with hobby paints and lettered using water slide paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off. 

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Philturn Chucks Shelter at Pueblano


December 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Another from a series of pictures from the Philturn Rockey Mountain Scout Camp on the Philmont Millennium 1 website called Chuck's Shelter. Looking at the picture, I think I've captured what Chuck had in mind when he built it. 

Carved from a block of pine, the first step was to carve an L shaped area to form the base and background. I needed this to form to build the frame of the shelter. I grilled holes into the base for the poles at an angle so the top meet at a center point on the background. I glued the poles into place and let this frame dry. I did a first go at painting because once I got the tarp in place, I wound be able to get to all the areas I needed to reach.  The next step was to use some fabric to simulate the canvas that was used back then and glue it in place. I painted the cloth and touched up areas as needed. The lettering was done with waterslide paper and a couple coats of poly finish it off.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Partners in High Adventure


November 2020

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

The Order of the Arrow and Philmont have always been "Partners in Adventure" but the relationship is much deeper as The Order of the Arrow does so much service to the ranch. One example is the OA trail crew in which members of the OA travel to Philmont to provide new trail construction and trail maintenance. 

A simple slide made from southern yellow pine reclaimed from pallet scrap. Painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple coats poly. The lettering and symbols are done with waterslide paper.