Saturday, June 11, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Cypher's Mine


June 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


In one month I step on Philmont property and I can't help but think of the Grateful Dead lyric;

"Lately it occurs to me
What a long strange trip it's been."

Named for an early miner, Charles Cypher was the manager of the Contention mine and was called "an old mountain goat" because he was able to carry 100 pounds of supplies on his back for the mines. While there is gold mining/panning and blacksmithing, what Cypher's Mine is best know for is it's music. The 2019 Cypher's Mine staff even has it's own album (free streaming or download).

Carved from southern (pallet) pine, I really enjoyed making this slide. Helmet and lamp were an interesting challenge to carve while still leaving enough wood for the sign. Painted with hobby paints with the exception of the lettering. As most folks who know me, I hate doing lettering but in this case I bit the bullet and hand lettered this with a paint pen. I like the way it turned out! I finished it off with a couple of coats of polly.

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