Friday, March 12, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra- Philmont Dean Cow


March 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


I'm told that Dean Cow was an amazing climbing and repelling camp at Philmont. Sadly, all the buildings at the camp were destroyed by the Ute fire in 2018. 

Admittedly, I was fascinated with the thoughts of trying to create this slide. I laid out my plans and redesigned the plans several times before I started. I started with southern (pallet) pine and decided the climber and emblem would be the top level. The background (sky) was carved first followed by the rock face so it would give me the room to work on the climber. My focus on the climber became my next priority because if I could not carve the climber, there was no sense continuing. As you can see, I was happy with the climber and went on to sand the slide. The only part un-sanded was the rockface  because I wanted to keep it rough. Thinking ahead, I drilled holes for the rope then painted the slide with hobby paints. Next came the emblem which was printed on waterslide paper and then I sealed the with a couple coats of polly. Lastly, I took some mason's twine  passed it through the holes, tied a figure 8 knot and ran the lead of the rope above the rock ledge. Both the knot and the top of the rope were secured with some crazy glue.

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