Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont OA Trail Crew




April 2020

Time to make: 1 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane








The Order of the Arrow Trail Crew work on the trails at Philmont in cheerful service. But it's not all work, there is a comradeship of the members of OA and during the second week at Philmont the members can take advantage of all Philmont can offer. Get a feel of what it's like to be on Trail Crew here

Kind of a simple slide to make cutting the pick and ax into southern yellow pine and painting with hobby paints. The lettering was done with waterslide paper and it was finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philturn brand

April 2020

 Time to make: 1 hour each

 Finishing: 1 hour

 Original design: Philmont / Bill Macfarlane
















One of the symbols you can see in almost every patch, slide or any Philmont item is the brands. Heck, you can even brand something you own like a hat, a belt, a piece of leather or a mug (as long as it will take the heat). Now I'd only had seen the cattle (bar P and backward S) and horse (/ and backward S) on most of the Philmont stuff but recently I saw a brandable plastic mug with the Philturn brand from one of our Philmont crew trainers. (Yes, a brandable mug! (It had really thick plastic walls.) After doing some research, I found out that the original name of Philmont Scout Ranch was Philturn Rocky Mountain Scout Camp and this brand (the combined T and P) was the original cattle brand.

So this was an easy set of slides to make! I started with an old weathered board from a broken pallet and cut them into a reasonable size allowing for the broken parts to remain on the slide. I traced out the brand onto the board and cut the brands into the wood. Once the cuts were made, I used a soldering iron to burn the cuts to look like brands. On some of the outside edges, I roughly rounded the wood and then charred them with a lighter. Finally, I finished them off with a couple of coats of Poly.


Bonus!! While looking up brands in New Mexico I discovered an additional Philmont brand at Raydo.



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Slide of the Month - Kachina




April 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

May 1984, page 67

 Original design: Fritz Hines

Leather design: Bill Macfarlane





As I understand it, Kachina are friendly and helpful spirits to the Pueblo Indians. Kachina dolls, carved wooden and brightly painted miniature replicas of ceremonial dancers, are given to children as precious objects to be treasured and studied (not played with like a toy). There are over 200 different Kachinas.

Carved from maple I like the lines of this slide - it just feels right! The headdress is made from thin birch plywood and the feet are made from dowels. While it is hard to see in the photo, the eyes and mouth are both recessed into the wood. I painted most of the side with hobby paints with the details being done with paint paints. It is finished off the a couple of coats of Poly.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Flag




March 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 2 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane






Now I had not seen this flag until I went to a crew training but once I saw it I knew I had to make a slide based on the flag. I understand it not only flies over the Philmont property but in a good many councils, troops, and homes of those who have attended Philmont. 

Carved from yellow southern pine, this is a multi-level slide as once again I'm taking a 2-dimensional photo and trying to make it a bit 3-dimensional. The ribbon is the top level and the semi-circle title and Tooth of Time at the second level. the rays of the New Mexico sun logo is the third level as well as the ground at the bottom of the mountain. The bottom level is the background and the rising of the sun behind the Tooth of time. I painted the slide with hobby paints and finished it off with a couple of coats of poly. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Mini Bear




March 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 2 hour

Original design: Bill Macfarlane





Oh sure their cute but they are the most destructive bear at Philmont, or anywhere, and will chew through a backpack to get to a tasty snack. Ok, so this is another concept slide of mine. I was reading up on some of the areas in Philmont and the old west when I came upon a wanted poster. Well before you know it, out popped the mini bear outlaw idea.

Carved from southern yellow pine I modeled the chipmunk based on a couple of cartoon versions of them and came up with this fellow. I painted the slide with hobby paints but I forgot to paint the mouth. The lettering and the image for the Philfood were done on waterslide paper with a couple of coats of poly finishing it off.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont We All Made It!



March 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 2 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane






In these days of COVID-19, extended school vacations (closures), work from home, and yes temporary cancelling of Scout meetings and functions, it is important to remember that this to will pass. Before you know it, we can say "WE ALL MADE IT!" So wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes and Scout on!

"We All Made It" Award
 An award presented by Philmont to each crew that:
         Demonstrated good camping practices and scouting spirit.
         Followed an approved itinerary and camped only where scheduled.
         Fulfilled the commitment to the Wilderness Pledge.

Another reclaimed pallet piece of southern yellow pine, I liked how this slide came together and just seemed to jump off the wood. I painted it with hobby paints and the lettering done with water slide (decal) paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont 2018 Recovery Corps




March 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 2 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane





One bright spot that came out of 2018 Philmont experience was the Philmont Recovery Corps. Volunteers coming together with one goal in mind, to help Philmont get past the Ute Park Fire.

Carved from southern yellow pine this slide has several layers which, considering there are only two basic colors, give it some depth. It is painted with hobby paints and the lettering was done with water slide decals printed on an ink jet printer.