Saturday, June 4, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Seally Canyon



Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane


Seally Canyon camp is well known for it's search and rescue as well as First Aid training. It is also the most southern camp at Philmont with limited access to vehicles. It is said that the staff puts their Search and Rescue training to good use helping lost crews find the camp.

I liked making this slide because it combined many different aspects. First off, there is the base of the slide which was carved from southern (pallet) pine in layers for the mountains, the Star of Life, and the title area.  I then painted the slide with hobby paints. The second part was making the climbing axe, which is made from sprue from a plastic model. I painted the axe using paint pens and tied a bit of mason's twine around it. Finally the climbing rope is mason's twine tied with a bowline hitch passed threw a hole drilled in the bottom and looped over the top. The lettering was done with water slide paper.  The rope and axe are secured with crazy glue before sealing the slide with a couple coats of poly.

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