Saturday, July 4, 2020

Slide of the Month - The Shield



July 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Original design: Jeff Springer












Happy Independence Day (or Treason day if you are in England...lol)

 This is one of the slides that strike a note of summer days laying under a tree reading comic books. The first time I read Captain America, (I think it was a reprint of the origin story), the heater shield  was the type he carried  and was later change to a round shield by Jack Kirby.

Carved from maple, its an easy rounding to form the shield shape. Most of the design was done with hobby paints and the stars were done with paint pens. Finished with a couple coats of poly.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont 2021


June 2020

Time to make: 1 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane










                                   DAYS TO PHILMONT                                   
       2020 Cancelled       


I have no words to express my disappointment. Let's hope 2021 treks go off without a hitch

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont 2020





May 2020

Time to make: 1 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane











            DAYS TO PHILMONT                                                 
 2020 Cancelled            


Tonight is the night before our crews learns about our 2020 fate. If the decision to cancel July treks, for safety sake, it will be a disappointment for some and we just have to wait for next time. For others, it's heartbreak as they were in the 2018 crew (treks cancelled because of the fires). The hours and minutes till the announcement will click away so slowly as await liberation.

 A very simple slide as I just couldn't devise a good way to carve this one so this is a water slide base with some painted background to match the decal.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Arrowhead Zia





May 2020

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hours

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane








This is another one of my favorate designs combining several of the elements (Tooths of Time, Arrowhead, and Zita) found in Philmont logos. A layered slide withe the Tooth of Time on top, then the Arrowhead followed by the Zita.  Carved from southern yellow pine, the rays of the Zita were a challenge both in crafting and in painting. The slide was painted with hobby paints and finished off with a couple coats of Poly.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Phillmont zia




May 2020

Time to make: 2  hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane









OK, I'm running a bit behind in my posts but there has been a whirlwind of change going on ...

Our crews are all holding our breaths for the June 1st announcement.  What will it mean for us? Are we still going? Will our treks be different? Will crew size change? Will we be wearing mask and sleeping in tents by ourselves? Will we get in one last training in before we hit the trail? So many questions and the only thing we can do is to keep preparing as individuals. 

I found this design and thought it would make a great slide especially with a different background. Carved from pallet wood (southern pine) it has a couple of interesting features. The letters are raised with the exception of the Zita O which is recessed. The letters are painted with hobby paints and some golden shellac finishes it off. 

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Slide of the month - Pizza



May 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

June 1983, page 45

Original design: Kenneth Kobb















The perfect slide for our Pizza Playoff! It's also the favorite food at Rotary Scout Reservation for our Scouts. The pan is made from the end of tube of one of those popping tube of dough and the dough in the slide is wood putty. The sauce is red paint and the cheese is white paint. The sausage or meatballs are made of brown craft paper rolled into tight little balls. The pepperoni is cut from some red sandpaper and the green peppers are pieces of green plastic wire insulation. The surface is coated with super glue. A wire loop is epoxied to the back.







Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Tooth of Time




April 2020

Time to make: 1.5 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane









One of the most iconic symbols of Philmont, you can find the Tooth of Time as a part of quite a few of the patches and other items at Philmont. This represents not only an early patch but also the logo for the Tooth of Time Traders.

Carved from southern yellow pine, the mountain rises off the slide to give the patch a 3D effect. The slide was painted with hobby paints, lettered with water slide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - National Scouting Museum




April 2020

Time to make: 1 hour

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane








So one of the things I'm looking for when I get to Philmont is getting a tour of the Scouting Museum and hope to see some of Whittlin' Jim's original works.

Carved from southern yellow pine, it is a fleur-de-lis on an arrowhead and the simplicity of the design is a clean modern look. Painted with hobby paints and waterslide lettering, the slide is finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philturn




April 2020

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 2 hours

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane








As I've mentioned in an earlier post, I was really confused when I saw patches for Philturn Rockey Mountain Scout Camp. Was this some other councils summer camp? Perhaps another high adventure program? There must be an answer! (Yes, I Googled it eventually.) Philmont Scout Ranch, as we know it today, began in 1938 after Tulsa oilman Waite Phillips donated his summer home Villa Philmont , the UU ranch of 35,857 acres and livestock to the Boy Scouts of America.  The name Philturn come from a combination of the Phillipps last name and the Boy Scout slogan "Do a good turn daily". A great page to see some of the early days of Philturn Rockey Mountain Scout Camp can be found here.

Carved from pallet southern yellow pine, this is a multi-level slide (even though it doesn't look like it in the picture. The Philturn logo is the top-level followed by the Tooth of Time. The near foreground is next with the sky and lake rounding out the center. The lowest level is the circle on the outside and the three spikes extending to the base of the slide. Hobby paints and paint pens were used to decorate the slide with waterslide paper for the lettering. A couple of coats of poly finish the slide.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Tooth of Time marker




April 2020

Time to make: 1 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Philmont\Bill Macfarlane








A no-carve slide but I still like it. The geographic marker was printed on waterslide paper and then transferred to a painted wooden birch thin plywood round. Finished off with a couple coats of Poly.

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.


Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont 2018




March 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hours

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane





Members of our crew were on the ill-fated trek scheduled back in 2018. While it was terrible for them to miss it, I'm grateful to have them and their wisdom along with all of us this year.

I realized I haven't the time this week to publish, but I'll put up a couple tonight.

 Carved from southern yellow pine, I like the simplicity of the slide though I just couldn't get the lettering quite right and it's my only disappointment with this slide.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Red Bull




March 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane






Here is another Philmont Bull I've seen on patches. I'm not really sure on the origins of this design but I really like how it turned out!

Carved from southern yellow pin, I did find I had to toughen up certain parts of the slide (like the hooves and horns) with a coating of super glue since the pine was very fragile. Painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple of coats of poly 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Slide of the month - Leather slide



March 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Sep. 1977, page 60

 Original design: Glenn Wagner

Leather design: Bill Macfarlane





So when I was building a knife kit I got as a Christmas present, I wanted to design a special knife sheath with tooled leather but I have never tooled in my life. Instead of ruining the sheath, I decided to practice on another piece of leather. It turned out pretty well and I decided to make it a slide.

 I wanted to include both a Celtic knot as well as a Scottish thistle and drew the design combining both elements. Next, I traced the design onto the leather using some leather transfer paper. Using a leather swivel knife, I cut the surface of the leather along the lines of the design. Next using leather stamps to form the background. To finish the leather, I applied a leather conditioner to protect and color the slide.

Finally, I cut holes around the piece and into a leather loop so I could lace it up with 325 paracord that I removed the center core from.

 
 By the way, here is the finished knife.



Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont 50th training logo



February 2020

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane





It is my understanding, the 50th anniversary Philmont training center logo looked like this. I would post a link to the patch but as the patches online are all for sale (ebay, etsy...), there is a good chance the link would be broken before you had the chance to see it. I'd suggest doing a google image search for Philmont scout ranch training center 50th anniversary patch.

Considering the rays of the zia, I decided to carve this slide from maple. I cut the outline of the zia first and then used a Dremel style tool with a rotary saw bit to cut the spaces in the rays. Once that was finished, I carved the center as a dome. The slide was painted with hobby paints and I freehanded the brand using a paint pen. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.

A quick note aside, I much prefer using Minwax Polycrylic to finish off my slides but as my local big box home improvement center (think orange) no longer carries Minwax products I picked up the brand they now carry (think a rusty brand). I'm not a fan of the finish I'm getting so I guess I'll have to find it locally at a hardware store or get it at the "blue" home improvement.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont winter




February 2020

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 2 hour

Original design: Bill Macfarlane






It never occurred to me that Philmont has a winter program! Here is a great video on the program.

Carved from southern yellow pine, this another adaptation from a Philmont patch having many levels. The levels from top to bottom are the buffalo, the mountain, snow, sky and outside ring. I painted the slide with hobby paints, the lettering and snowflake were done with water slide paper, and I finished it off with a couple coats of poly. BUT...I forgot the water around the buffalo's feet so I used a paint pen to create the water after the slide was finished.

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.