Sunday, December 19, 2021

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Santa Claus

December 2021

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


Santa Claus Camp in July? Well sure! Santa Claus camp has a long history at Philmont and was a staffed camp until the 90's when the well ran dry. As an unstaffed camp, in 2000 lightning struck a bear cable burning bear bags to a crisp and 2002 the camp suffered damage in the Ponil Complex Fire. In 2018 the Ute Fire burned the shotgun range (which has since been rebuilt). But in 2019, Santa Claus became a staffed camp once again.

This slide just cried out to be carved in maple because of all the unique areas to be defined. Scroll or list, for example, would have proved to have been to delicate in a softer wood. Painted with hobby paints and lettered using water slide paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off. 

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