Saturday, May 21, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont French Henry


  May 2022

  Time to make: 3 hours
  
  Finishing: 1 hour

  Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Just below Baldy Mountain stands the French Henry Camp. Named for a man from France named Henry Burell  who founded an ore mine around 1869. Now the funny part about the this is the location of the mine is at Aztec Ponil 1.

What an unique opportunity, not only can a Scout experience what it was like for prospector to pan for gold but they get to keep anything they find at French Henry.   Let's see gold is going for between $55 to $60 dollars a gram, should I find some gold (a mere speck I'm sure) I might be able to buy a cup of tea.

Bob Ross use to talk about "happy accidents" and that's kind of what happened with this slide. This started out as something different and I just wasn't happy with the way it was shaping up so I set it aside as a piece of scrap wood. Some weeks later I was trying out a curved blade and before knew it, I had carved the inside of the pan. Hmmm...I thought, this looks like a mining pan. Remembering a Philmont patch for French Henry, I went ahead and carved the outside, sanded and painted the silver and blue. For the gold, I painted some sand and when it was dry, I used super glue to form a puddle pan. Working quickly, I sprinkled the painted sand carefully into the pan. The lettering was done with waterslide paper and a couple of coats of poly finish it off.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Cimarroncito (D-clip)


May 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane



 

Cimarroncito is known for rock climbing, repelling and climbing walls (both outside and inside). One of the things I'm confused by in this slide (based on the patch) is why this D-clip is not locking. 

Carved from southern (pallet) pine it was a leveled slide with sky and the mountain at the lowest levels. The lead levels are the focus as the rope passes through the D-clip. Painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paints and finished with a couple coats of poly

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Pueblano


 May 2021

 Time to make: 2 hours

 Finishing: 1 hour

 Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

The Continental Tie and Lumber Company  is celebrated both Crater Lake and at Pueblano. Besides spar pole climbing, rail road tie hewing (later to be used at Metcalf Station), and Loggerball you could also try your hand at packing a burro. It is also said the evening program is not to be missed.

Carved from southern (pallet) pine, I like the feel of this slide. the axes are carved and sanded smooth while the log they sit on is rough like it had been chopped flat. The axes and bark are painted with hobby paints and the lettering is done with waterslide paper. The finish is a golden brown shellac. 

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Slide of the month - Square Knot (1)



May 2022

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Dec. 1987, page 73

Original design:  Bill Fleming






The original intent for this slide was to show one's rank by carving a square knot. (Green and yellow for Second class, red, white and blue for Eagle for example.) This square knot represents the Heroism Medal Award and though I never received this award, I wanted to tell you my "Scouts in Action" story as a teen. (Yes, there are others stories but those are as an Adult.)

One summer vacation I was working for Berkshire Farm Center for Youth in the maintenance department. As we were leaving the paint shop, the was a commotion another shop over and our boss yelled for the driver of a rack truck to stop. Several men loaded an unresponsive  co-worker on the open tailgate of the truck and yelled at the driver to get to the infirmary. I don't what processed me  but as the truck started to move, I ran and jumped onto the truck. Having learned First Aid in Scouting, I checked this man's vitals. CRAP, I thought - he wasn't breathing and had no heart beat. I tilted the man's head back and got two breaths in before we arrived at the infirmary. Before I knew it, the head nurse was at my side with oxygen and started bagging as I performed CPR. When the volunteer ambulance arrived, there was only a driver and one crew member. The nurse and I continued CPR all the way in to the ER (approx 1/2 hour). Happily, the co-worker survived and live many more years. Though I was a teen at the time, it was the start of my path of working with volunteer Fire Departments and Rescue Squads.

Carved from maple, this took a sharp knife and a steady hand. Lots of sharpening because the knife had to be razor sharp. The slide is painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple of coats of poly.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra- Philmont Zastrow


 


April 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

I thought it was important to publish today about Zastrow camp this morning as it was sad to hear about the loss of the Zastrow cabin to the Cooks Peak fire.  At the time I am writing this, the fire is only 54% contained with a loss of 55,978 acres  (3084 acres were in Philmont). While this will impact our trek, as we have a southern trek, we don't know the extent. My thanks goes out to my fellow fire fighters for their service.

There is a lot to say about Zastrow camp but one of the themes that keeps bubbling up to the surface is Zastrow is the land of navigation. It is my understanding the author of the current Orienteering Merit Badge booklet designed the geocaching and orienteering courses at Zastrow. This slide represents a petty standard GPS unit used in geocaching and navagation.

Carved from southern (pallet) pine, the slide has raised buttons and display. The slide is painted with hobby paint with the exception of the details on the buttons which were done with a paint pen. The display detail was printed on waterslide paper from the patch and the lettering was also done on waterslide paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra -Philmont Whiteman Vega (shadow)


 


April 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Speaking of Whiteman Vega...

I wasn't thrilled with my last slide so when this came up in my list, I had my doubts but after painting it, I like the feel of the slide. 

Carved from southern (pallet) pine, the slide is a simple leveled one. Painting was the real challenge here as  shadowed areas of the rider subtlety defines the detail. I used hobby paints, waterslide paper for the lettering and a couple coats of poly to finish it off.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Whiteman Vega (Trail)


 



April 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Whiteman Vega is known as the center for biking at Philmont with amazing mountain trails. It is also known as a major trail for the annual cattle drive.

Carved from southern (pallet) pine  this was a odd slide to carve as the mountain bike is coming towards you so perspective was difficult.  Painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Dan Beard


 


April 2022

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Dan Beard is the northern most camp on the Philmont property and offers low impact camping as well as a series of challenges the crews must work through as a team. The trail to get to the challenges is a strenuous "The Calf Blaster" hike which in itself could be considered a challenge.  But it is also known as the beginning of the "Ranger Challenge"  which is a non-stop hike from the northern most point to the Southern most point of the ranch wearing (at least) a 40 pound backpack. I understand the record for this intense 35 mile footslog is 15 and a half hours.

Carved from pallet pine, it's another layered side which I smoothly sanded parts of and lightly sanded other areas.  The reason behind this was to use the grain of the wood  to give the mountain areas some definition.  Painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Metcalf Station (Train)


April 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Metcalf  Station is a great project going on at Philmont! The idea is to recreate railroad history of the Cimarron & Northwestern Railway which ran through the area from 1907 to 1932 supporting the  the Continental Tie & Lumber Company. The Philmont plan is to have a replica of Santa Fe 1910 “Standard” depot at the north end and the Southern end of the track with an operating telegraph and offices. There will also be a track laying camp were scouts experience installing track. 

Carved from southern (pallet) pine, the photo really doesn't do justice to the complexity of this slide. There are many levels and angles to bring the look of an oncoming locomotive to consider. It is painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont, I want to believe



 

     April 1, 2022
    
    Time to make: 3 hours

     Finishing: 1 hour

     Original design:
     Bill Macfarlane







 Lock Ness Monster (or Champy if you are on this side of the pond), Bigfoot, UFOs and Philmont crews 2018 - 716X and 2020 - 713V ... wait do/did these things exist? Well, I WANT TO BELIEVE in Philmont crew 711C for 2022.

OK, so you won't find this one anywhere but on my blog (unless someone copied my design) but in my weird sense of humor, it is completely logical. I really hope there won't be something else that keeps our continent from attending Philmont Scout Ranch. (A plague of locusts aren't common in New Mexico right?)


Carved from southern (pallet) pine the arrow head was a quick carve. Now the designs for the waterslide paper took a bit time and experimentation. As in most of slides, this was painted with hobby paints and finished off with a couple coats of poly. 

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Dan Beard 2


  March 2022

  Time to make: 3 hours

  Finishing: 1 hour

  Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

At the northern most part of Philmont is a meadow with a small cabin at Dan Beard and it is one of the most scenic areas of  the camp. If I'm up in this area on our trek you can bet I'll have plenty of pictures of this countryside.   

Interesting slide to carve as I wanted it or not only show the cabin, but to give the feeling of the meadow extending to the tree line in the distance, the hillside beyond, and finely the mountain. Carved from maple, painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of poly. 

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Infirmary and MedSAR


 


March 2022

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Near and dear to my heart is anything connected to emergency medical service and the Philmont Medical Search And Rescue team are no exception. The staff at the Philmont Infirmary not only assure the fitness guidelines of all who would venture out on trail. They are also there to treat those who are injured on trek or in base camp. 

A multi leveled slide carved from southern (pallet) pine with the star of life as the top layer working down to the white background outside ring. Painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Black Mountain (Powder Flask)

 


July 2022

Time to make: 1 hour

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Black Mountain camp is the site of Samuel Matthews cabin (1897-1898) and currently is a staffed camp of living history. The staff portrays former veterans of the Civil War who came west to start a new life. Part of the camp is black powder shooting skills and this slide represents  a powder flask that might have been used by one of these veterans.


This was another easy slide to carve, from pallet pine, with nice lines. The slide is painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and sealed with a couple coats of poly.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Ponil


 


March 2022

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Ponil is one of the larger camps at Philmont featuring western lore, burro packing, trout fishing and horse riding. In fact, it was the original base camp for Philturn Rocky Mountain Scout Camp from 1938 to 1941. (It's also got a cantina for that famous Root Beer!)

Carved from southern (pallet) pine this was a challenge trying to make this look like a saddle. One thing I like the looks of was leaving the blanket area lightly sanded to give the area a textured appearance. Painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and sealed with a couple coats of poly.

Slide of the Month Extra-Philturn Gateway


 


March 2022

Time to make: 2 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 a photo of several scouts, an old truck, and my favorite part of the photo the gateway.  This is my spin of the photo as a slide. (I starting to think I have a thing for Philmont Gateways!)

Carved from reclaimed southern (pallet) pine, a very simple leveled slide painted with hobby paints, lettered with water slide paper,  and finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Miranda


 November 2020

 Time to make: 3 hours

 Finishing: 1 hour

 Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Miranda is one those places at Philmont that has to be experienced. Imagine yourself as an early explorer of the west where your very survival depending on your ability to throw a tomahawk, shoot a black powder gun, and live in the uncharted west.

I like this slide for the complexity it offered me. Carved from southern (pallet) pine, the different levels of the rifles', tomahawks, and teepee  were a challenge. I also kept the background rough to give the slide a rustic look. The featured items were painted with hobby paints and the lettering was done with waterslide paper. I finished it off with a couple coats of shellac to give the background a nice golden oak look as well as giving the teepee a weathered feel. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Slide of the Month-Pancake Stack


March 2022

Time to make:
 2 hours

Finishing: 0 hour
 
Boy's Life:
 Jan. 1973, p. 63

 Original design:
  Wayne Mason?






Mmmmm...pancakes with real maple syrup, it doesn't much better (well maybe if you add bacon)! Well it's that time of year again to tap the maple trees, collect the sap, and boil, boil, boil... I spent many a late winter/early spring doing just that right up through college poised in front of the wood stove feeding it with one hand and a text book in the other.  The funny part is that I didn't like real maple syrup back then.

The original slide called for making REAL mini pancakes, drying and then using varnish to seal the pancakes. As hard as I tried, I could not seem to get this to work but I got an idea with some material that may not have existed back in 1973.  Fabric paint is a liquid plastic material which will stay thick as you put it on and some, depending on brand, will puff up with a little heat.  I started with some white fabric paint making some circles of varying size on a piece of glass. (The glass provides a smooth surface and helps when helps when removing the pancakes.) Then I filled in the circles with tan fabric paint. Then taking yellow paint, I make a small circle for the pad of butter. When the paint was dry, I put a drop of the tan paint in the middle of the largest pancake. I took the next largest pancake on top of the largest pancake and moved around to glue the pancake to the lower one. I continued that process right up to the last pancake. I put a weight on top and let them to dry overnight. The next day, I took a sharp knife to the dried yellow and cut it into a square to make a pad of butter. I put a drop of yellow pain on top of the stake of pancakes and put the square on the drop and moved it around not only to glue the pad of butter but to also simulate the melting. When this is was dry, I thinned some dark brown fabric paint and applied it with an eyedropper letting it drip down the stack of pancakes. Finally, the dried stack of pancakes were glued to a wooden backer so I could attach a loop. 

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Lovers Leap


 


February 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Another Order of the Arrow trail crew project is the Lovers Leap trail  to Stonewall Pass trail. I hear the trail to Lover's Leap is the most accessible trail in all of Philmont and the view of the Tooth of Time from there is simply amazing. 

There are also stories of a spurned lover who threw himself off the cliff rather than face rejection of the woman he loved. Some say on a dark night you will see his ghost pacing near the edge of the cliff  in deep sorrow. When the spirit realizes you are there, he jumps off the cliff to his death. (Or so I'm told.)


Carved from pallet pine, this is a fairly simple slide to create with simple lines. It's painted with hobby paints, labeled with waterslide paper, and sealed with a couple coats of poly.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Hunting Lodge


 


February 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 2 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


 

Built by Waite Phillips for his hunting trips, the cabin was reconstructed similar to the original design featuring two bedrooms, a dining room, breezeway, and kitchen.  The contents of the lodge are not the originals but have been provided by the BSA including the trophy head mountings on the wall.

Wow this was fun to make! I carved most of the slide from southern (pallet) pine and the antlers are made from plastic model sprue. I worked this slide backwards and what I mean by that is started with the background. Next, I carved the rifles and finally I shaped skull. Once the elements were refined and sanded, I drilled a couple of holes in either side of the skull for the antlers. To form the sprue to look like antlers, I heated the plastic with a lighter, pulled, pushed and molded the soft plastic quickly before it would harden again.  (Sometimes having to re-heat it again because I wasn't happy with the results.) I painted the wooden part of the slide with hobby paints and the antlers with plastic model paint. When everything was dry, I used super glue to glue the antlers in place. The lettering and Zia were done with waterslide paper. A couple coats of poly finish it off. 

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Black Horse Creek


 February 2022

 Time to make: 3 hours

 Finishing: 1 hour

 Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Black Horse camp was a mining camp from 1885 to 1950 as part of the Baldy Mining district. Though it product relatively little gold, there was only one mine shaft with a depth of 340 feet and length of 2,500 feet. This slide is also recognizes the work put in by the Order of the Arrow tail crew who constructed the Black Horse trail (2000-2003) as one of the many tail and conservation projects the OA has accomplished.  

Carved from maple, I like the way the trees arch the scenic view of Mount Baldy.  Painted with hobby paints, labeled with waterslide paper, and sealed with a couple coats of poly.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Staff Association







February 2022

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

The Philmont Staff Association is very active group of current and past Philmont staffers who provide good information for new staff, wonderful memories, fantastic photos and humor. They volunteer at events like PhilBreak, Volunteer Vacation, and the Fall Volunteer Vacation. Many have been able to enjoy Philmont because of their scholarships.  There are also many reunions and staff only treks for the members. You can find them on their web site , Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and probably a few more places that I don't know.

Carved from pallet pine, this is a simple multi-leveled slide with inset letters (PSA) and waterside lettering. Painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple coats of poly.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Slide of the Month - The Pirate



February 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Boy's Life: Slide of the Month
Sept. 1992, p. 61 

Original design:
Jeff Springer









When thinking of pirates, and your my age, you might think of Errol Flynn, Johnny Depp or the Curse of Oak Island (sorry couldn't help it).... The golden age of piracy, according to English journalist George Powell, ran from 1650 to 1720, and I think of this buccaneer as stereotypical crewman. 

Carved from maple, I'm never a fan of carving faces but the roughness of the face lends to the personality of the pirate. When painting I also wanted to give the look of wind and sun burned skin (but it seems a bit too pink to me). Anyway, I painted it with hobby paints and finished it off with a couple coats of poly.

Friday, January 28, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Dean Canyon Cabin


 


January 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane



 

Based on some photos I found on Philmont Millennium 1, I've created some slides that are my interpretation of them. This is Dean Canyon Cabin and while I don't know much about this building, I think it might have been one of the buildings built in 1939. Maybe the cabin withstood the test of time but if it did there is a good chance it was destroyed in ether the Ponil Complex Fire in 2002 or the UTE fire in 2018.  

Carved from Southern (pallet) pine, there is something really enjoyable to this kind of carving. Notice it is not uniform like a Lincoln log toy but that lends to what you would expect of different sized logs someone would have used to build the cabin.  Painted with hobby paints, labeled (and nicked named Dean's Cabin) using waterslide paper, and a couple coats of poly finish it off 

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Clear Creek


  January 2022

  Time to make:         3 hours

  Finishing: 1 hour

  Original design:       Philmont /               Bill Macfarlane







 
Clear Creek camp is patterned after a trapper camp important in the fur trading history. It features black powder shooting, tomahawk throwing, and demonstrations of beaver trapping methods as well a great evening campfire program featuring tall tales of the fur trading days.

OK, I never thought I'd ever be carving a bear skin rug so this was a first. Maple was the only choice for it's strength. This took a sharp knife and lots of patience trying to visualize how to make this seem like a rug. Painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple coats of poly. The lettering was done with water slide.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra- Philmont Double H VLA


 



January 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane







 

Back in October of 2021 I posted a Double H slide and it got me thinking about one of the sights the Double H treks got to see. The VLA (Very Large Array) is an amazing radio astronomy observatory located in Plains of San Agustin, New Mexico.  Each of the 27 (and one spare) telescopes are mounted on train tracks so the telescopes can be moved to focus on different areas of the cosmos.  

A fun slide to make (once I figured out how to). Carved from reclaimed pallet wood, I need to create a basic bowel but also include the framework for the feed horn at the top. This took lots of time carving out the middle of the slide using a gouge tool. Lots of sanding on this too! Painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and finished off with a couple coats of poly.

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra - Villa Philmonte



January 2022

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane








Villa Philmonte built in 1926 near Cimarron, NM by oil baron Waite Phillips. The name is taken from the first part of Phillips and the Spanish word "monte" meaning mountain. Though there were other retreats built on his ranch (Fish Camp, Hunting Lodge and Agua Fria Camp), the Villa Philmonte was the main home on the Ranch. In 1941, Waite Phillips donated the Ranch to the Boy Scouts of America. Today the Villa serves as a museum of the original furnishing and collections of antiques and weapons.

Carved from maple, this was a challenge because of the different areas (wings?) of the building and the various angles. I painted the slide with hobby paints. The lettering, doors and windows were done using waterslide paper. A couple coats of poly finish it off. 

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Slide of the Month - Happy hound





January  2022

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Dec. 1987, page 73

Original design:  Bill Fleming















What makes this hound so happy - it's the New Year!  So we enter the New Year with hopes, dreams, and with any luck no issues that will prevent a Philmont Trek. 

Carved from a piece of maple, I left some areas a bit rough (chip style) for some texture and other areas are sanded smooth (like the eyes and tongue). Painted with craft paints and given a couple of coats of poly to finish it off. I kind of looks like a cartoon character (he-who-will-not-be-named because I don't want the mouse network after me). Let's just call him a name like the one time 9th planet.