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.