Saturday, August 28, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra- Philmont Crooked Creek


August 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


Crooked Creek Camp is one of two camps at Philmont that is as close to the homesteading experience as possible. No phones, no electric lights, no motor cars, not a single luxury like Robinson Crusoe. It's as primitive as can be. (Sorry, I went Gilligan's Island there for a moment.) But yes there isn't modern life there and in fact there isn't even a road to the camp. All supplies have to be packed in by burro or on foot. So with that song ringing around in your head...

As many of you have probably surmised, the biggest thing I struggle with are faces but second on my list of things I hate to carve are letters. No so much in this slide because the letters didn't need to be perfect as I was going for a more rustic look. Carved from southern (pallet) pine, this is simple low relief  design to form the letters. The surface of the letters were sanded smooth while in between the letters and the background is rough giving the slide a weathered look. The magic comes in with the painting which should give one the thought of being near a cabin. It's painted with hobby paints and a couple of coats of poly finish it off.

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