Saturday, July 9, 2022

Slide of the Month Extra: Koshare


July 2022

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 2 hours

Original design:  Bill Macfarlane


Its 3 days till Philmont and we should be at the Koshare Kiva in La Junta, Co. The Kiva was built by La Junta Boy Scout troop in 1949  as a museum  having a large collection of  Native American art and artifacts. It is also has the worlds largest self-supported wooden log roof and was built without any nails. We will get to stay here overnight but best  of all we get to see the world-famous Koshare Indian Dancers. This slide represents the Koshare the sacred clown of the Hopi which I hope we will see during the show.

Carved from a stake I found in a hardware store while traveling for work. Odd piece of wood which was hard in some places and soft in others. Despite that, carving away in my hotel room with no other tools but an X-acto knife. Now you might be thinking, how did I pack a whittling knife and get through security. The answer is quite simple, I bring an X-acto handle or two with me and buy blades in the city I'm in. Before leaving, I throw the blades away but I digress....When I got home I painted the slide with hobby paints and sealed it with a couple coats of poly. When the slide was dry, I drilled small holes in each side of the hat and another hole in the hand. The cornstalk hair was made by super gluing pieces of yellow insulated wire into the ends of the hat and when dry, triming/shaping them. The stick is a toothpick glued and finished with super glue.

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