Saturday, September 25, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Rich Cabins


September 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


It is said Joseph Risch (Americanized to Rich) fell in love with a young woman in Austria. The local priest in their home town agreed to marry them but, because the town could not support more people, forbid them to have children.  Hearing tales of America "Joe"  headed off for New Mexico to build a homestead around the late 1890s. Joe returned to Austria to to marry the love of his life Francis and she came to the homestead around 1910. The Rich Family lived on the land until the 1920's. In the present day, the land is owned by Ted Turner and allows Philmont to use the property.

A quick and easy slide to carve from southern (pallet) pine, painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished with a couple of coats of poly.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra-Philturn Cook Shelter

September 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont Millennium 1 / Bill Macfarlane


Over at the Philmont Millennium 1 site there are several photos of the early days when Philmont was called Philturn Rocky Mountain Scout Camp and one of the photo there was the Cook Shelter. This is my spin of the photo as a slide. One thing of note, (a mistake but I still like it) beyond the stone cook area sits a Scout. Somehow I thought it was a dark cast iron part of the cook area and yet it still works for me as someone sitting in the shadows.

Carved from southern yellow pine (reclaimed scrap pallet) the levels of the slide give this a sense of depth. Painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple coats of poly. The lettering was done with water slide paper. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra -Philmont Ponil (Pistols)


September 2021

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


Ponil was base camp back when Philmont was known as Rocky Mountain Scout Camp. It is one of the largest back country camps and features many programs including a chuckwagon dinner and if your lucky a pancake breakfast. Root beers can be bought at the cantina and some trout fishing in the stream. It is also where you will find "Cowboy Action Shooting" and have the chance to shoot 38 caliber pistols.

Carved from maple, this was a challenging slide to try complete. The pistols came out better than I expected but there always is room for improvement. I painted it with hobby paints and the lettering was done with water slide paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off. 

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Rayado Ridge

  September  2021

  Time to make:         3 hours

  Finishing: 1 hour

  Original design:       Philmont /                Bill Macfarlane


I'm told the sun rise and sun set in Philmont are amazing and this view in Rayado Ridge has to be in the top 10! Rayado Ridge is a great leadership training camp where you can find these courses National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience (NAYLE), Philmont Leadership Challenge (PLC)Wood Badge and many other courses.

Carved from maple, it was a really simple slide to carve as it is just an incline way from the land mass (in black) to give the illusion of distance. Next came the painting and, using hobby paints, I started by painting the yellow of the sun as a large circle. Using orange paint, I painted the outside area, furthest from the center, and then with a fairly dry brush dabbed the orange paint in the yellow area. When the paint was dry, I when back with yellow paint and put a drop in the center to make the sun. Lastly, using black paint, I paint the land mass giving the feeling of the sun setting. Nice! The lettering was done with a couple different kinds of water slide paper. The "Rayado Ridge" was done with clear waster slide paper and the "Leadership Camp" was done on white water slide paper printing the red lettering on a black background. A couple coats of poly finish it off.  I really love how this slide turned out!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Slide of the Month- Elephant (Cub Scouts)

September 2021

Time to make: 1/2 hour

Finishing: none

Original design:  Unknown

Hopefully we are all back in person now and as quite a few packs start at the beginning of the school year, lets get the Cubs off to a good start with a simple slide with simple materials.

The original Boy's Life slide called for using an old inner tube and while they are still around, finding a old inner tube isn't as common as it was back in 1961. I found something better and easier to work with in the scrapbooking section of a craft store. The best part is that it comes in a variety of colors and won't break the bank. Buttons are easy to find and you might just have a couple in a sewing kit at home. If you are going to do this with the Cubs, I would suggest making a template out of cardboard or heavy card stock so the Cubs can trace the shape on to the foam sheet before cutting. On to the building...

With the design outline on the foam sheet, I cut out the  shapes with a pair of scissors. (Note: I did make the tabs a little longer than the article call so I could adjust the size of loop and trim it accordingly.)
 Next came cutting the slits for tabs in the ear section which with the foam sheet is really easy. Fold the foam in half along the marked line for the tabs and cut along the line (easy peasy). Now pass the tabs through the slits and form a loop in the back by gluing the tabs together. I used contact cement but I guess you could use just about any kind of glue, staple or sew it together. The button eyes of the elephant, I also glued on instead of sewing them on, as suggest by the article, but once again it's up to you.

It's a quick and easy project for Lions to Webelo's!