Saturday, May 22, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Commissary

May 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design: Bill Macfarlane


Every wonder how all those tasty trail meal make it up to the back country camps? Pedro the pack mule? Hiked in by dedicated first year staff? No, its the job of the Philmont Commissary Staff who tireless work to make sure we are resupplied. Here we see our new staffer Barry loaded up and heading out on his first day.

This concept slide honors behind the scenes work the commissary staff does every day getting the many tons (yes tons) of food to the Scouts, Scouters, and Staff. Thank you, because without you I'd have to carry 14 days of food on my back. And the Bear you ask, well sometimes I just make myself laugh at my weird sense humor...

Carved from maple, the tricky part was trying to make the truck look like a loaded truck without making the bear look too small. As a result, the truck is a bit more of a Jeep or perhaps cartoon like. Painted with hobby paints, lettering with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of Poly.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Wilderness First Aid

May 2021

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


A subject near to my heart as I have spent a good part of my life learning, practicing or teaching First Aid. I am proud to combine my love of Scouting and emergency medicine as a Wilderness First Aid instructor.

Carved from southern (pallet) pine this is another slide carved in layers. The top layer is the cross followed by the foreground. The Tooth is the next level and the background on the raised part of the arrowhead. The lowest part of the slide has the lettering which is done with waterslide paper. I used hobby paints to color the slide and a couple coats of poly to finish it off.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Slide of the Month - Knight's Sword and Shield

May 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

August 1977, page 69

Original design:Wayne Mason

I've heard it said,  Lord Baden Powell used  King Arthur's Code of Chivalry and the Knights of the Round Table when writing his Scouting for Boy. What better way to honor the King Arthur legend by creating an inspired Sword and Shield!

Carved from a couple pieces of  maple, the shield was a quick and easy start. The sword was a bit trickier as the double edged blade and the handle took a steady hand to make. Finished with hobby paints and some painters tape. The royal lion was painted freehand. The sword was glued to the shield as was the coat wire loop. A couple of coats of poly to round this off.