Saturday, July 24, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Miners Park

 July 2021

 Time to make: 3 hours
 Finishing: 1 hour

 Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


An staffed camp built in a meadow with  climbing wall, climbing cave, and a program area a short 30 minute walk away featuring rock climbing and repelling. It also features the much appreciated showers, purified water, and, for those rainy days, a large covered porch. Another thing of note, mountain lions are often seen hunting prey like mule deer

It is always a rewarding task when I see a patch or picture and think about how I going to turn it into something more rounded. This slide, carved from pallet scrap wood, is no exception.  One of the decision I make right off the bat was to remove the background to give the feeling of the ridge being high. The other aspect was the illusion of perspective using the rope. I think if I was to do it again, I would have made the rope thicker in the corner and thinner towards the climber.  I painted the slide with hobby paint, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished it off with a couple coats of poly.

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