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

Friday, November 1, 2019

Slide of the Month - Seagull


November 2019

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

January 1981, page 50

Original design: Wayne Mason







I love seeing seagulls off the coast of New England but I can help thinking of this scene from Finding Nemo.  (mine, mine, mine...)

 The pier is made from a piece of ceder and the ends have been hit several times with a hammer to give it the look of being pounded into the ground. The rope is some hemp string tied in the back and held the ceder together when I was gluing them together. The body of the seagull is craved from maple and the leg is a paper clip. The seagull is painted with the hobby paint and it is finished up with a couple coats of poly.