Thursday, February 20, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - First Philmont shakedown hike

February 2020

Time to make: 4 hours

Finishing: 2 hour

Original design: Bill Macfarlane

It occurs to me that I now have more Philmont neckerchief slides than I have weeks to go before I leave. (And, I have more designs I'm working on.) So with that in mind, I going to try to publish a couple a week if I can remember to do it. Without further ado..

Ah...there's nothing like a shakedown to make you realize what your missing and make you question your choices on the things you brought. You learn how to pack through mistakes your have made and different ideas that other are doing you want to adopt for the next shakedown hike. Here we see a hapless sole who has packed a coffee pot, a racket ball racket, a Dutch oven, and yes the kitchen sink. It even looks like he is going to lose his sleeping bag as it is only held on by a single strap. I can't imagine what the total weight of the pack would be!

What a fun little concept slide! All parts of the slide, with the exception of the racket, were carved from southern yellow pine. I carved this slide in different pieces and,  after attaching handles or the faucet and painting, attached them to the pack with wood glue. The racket, also glued to the pack, was a cell phone tool (used to open the sim card tray) with a piece of wire insulation for the handle and some gauze for the webbing.  Painted with hobby paints and finished off with a couple of coats of poly.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Museum

February 2020

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane

One of the places I'm looking forward to exploring either before we set out or after we are off-trail.

Carved from southern yellow pine, the area between the pads and nails of the paws were notched out using a simple v-cut. The slide was painted with hobby paints and the lettering as well as the arrowhead was made using water slide paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Slide of the Month - Cable Car

February 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

September 1972 page 50

Original design: Unkown

Cable cars are a fascinating mode of transportation and, even though I never have ridden one, it must be exciting for first-time riders. You can find more information on cable cars here.  The information I found on this particular cable car is from the Cable Car Museum.

"Built by the Carter Bros. of Newark, California during 1893-1894 for the Market Street Railway's Sacramento-Clay cable car line. The United Railroads transferred it to the Powell Street cable car lines in 1907, after the Earthquake and Fire of 1906. Until 1973, numbered as No. 510. Extensive rebuilding, by Muni's Elkton shops 1960."

I took a different path to this slide deciding to carve the cable car and glue the details onto the slide instead of gluing the wood to the photo.  So my first step was to Google a suitable picture if a cable car and then I printed several copies onto a piece of photo printer paper.  Next, I took one of the copies and glued it to a piece of maple so I could cut out the outline of the cable car on a band saw. Also, using the photo I began to cut out the details from the cowcatcher to the roof. When I was finished, I painted the cable car with craft paints. The handrails are made from paper clips which were glued to the cable car. I then cut out, from the other printed copy, the scenes in the windows and the sign below the windows and glued them in place. A couple of coats of poly finish it up.

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.