Monday, July 13, 2020

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Council Contingent

July 2020

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Bill Macfarlane

Today is the day! (That was till Covid-19 reared it's ugly head) So, my pack is unpacked and I'm back in prep mode for Trek 7-11C in 2022. 

My design took the  2018 contingent (whose trip was cancelled because of the Ute fire) design and added the rising sun, in the form of the Zia,  to symbolize a new beginning and hope for the returning members to the 2020 crews. The only difference between this and our final logo was a gray background.

Carved from maple, it was great to bring this project from an idea in my head, to design on the computer, to offical crew logo, and finally a multi level slide. The top level is the Tooth of Time but what you can't see in the photo is the different levels within the mountain and hill in front of it.  The next level is the dome of the sun followed by the rays of the Zia. I used a Dremel tool with a saw bit to cut the spaces between the rays. The last level is the background

Painting this slide turned out to be the hardest part of the slide as I had to paint the Zia a few times to get it right and trying to interpret the vegetation on the Tooth. The paint is hobby paint and a couple coats of poly finish it off.

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

 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.