Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Slide of the Month Extra - Circuit board slide

April 2019

Time to make: 1 hours

Original design: Bill Macfarlane

Something a little different. I was cleaning out some old electronics I came across a circuit board the was interesting so why not make it into a slide.  I carefully cut around the area I wanted to use, sanded the edges and then glued the board to a piece of 3/4 inch plastic pipe. Maybe next time I'll make a working circuit board with a crystal radio or randomly blinking light or something else. Where's my soldering iron....

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Slide of the month - Acorn

 April 2019

Time to carve: 2 hours

Finishing:  1.5 hour

Boy's Life - January 1987

Design: Bill Fleming

It's funny to me how many of these bloody things I rake up in the fall only to find more in the spring. Did the squirrels remember where they buried these things?

 I seem to remember eating a survival stew made of acorns and some meat in Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. I know the acorn were boiled several times to remove the tannins (which will make you sick). I've heard that once the tannins are remove, the acorns can also be roasted and eaten or ground into a flour to make a kind of bread but I have never tried that.

Carved from maple and painted with craft paints. Its finished off with a couple of coats of poly.