Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Slide of the Month- Little Eskimo

December 2021

Time to make: 1.5 hours

Finishing: 1 hour
Boy's Life: December 1958, page 70

Original design:  Unknown

It's cold and the darkest day of the year is in December here in the Northeast. Yet in the town of Utqiaġvik, Alaska is currently in the middle of "Polar Night". The sun sets on mid-November day and rises mid-January. Take a look what life is like during two and a half month of night in this article. 

The original article called for a half of a large cork fishing bobber to make the head but these days most bobbers are made of plastic. So to make this slide, I decided to carve an elongated sphere and as you can probably tell it's not perfectly round. In the center of the sphere, I drilled a hole and glued a small dowel for the nose. After sanding the dowel to round it, I painted the face with hobby paints and sealed it with a couple coats poly. The fur hood was made from some fake fur purchased at a fabric store and glued to head. Lastly, I trimmed the fur to give it a more uniformed looked.

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