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.

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