Saturday, January 21, 2023

Slide of the Month Extra - Woody's Sioux Chief

January 2023

Time to make: 52 years ( or 3 hours this time around)

Finishing: 1 hour
Original design:  Woody's "Make-your-own"

So it's my first (or was it the second) year at summer camp and the wonders of the trading post filled my heart with joy. There were patches, camping stuff, merit badge books and best of all materials for certain merit badges. I still have the foot stool I made in basketry! But try as I might, I could never could complete a Woody's "Make-Your-Own" neckerchief slide and this represents the first one I bought.  (Kudos to my buddy Mike Ryan who was able to make one.)

The price was 29 cents? Though I paid a dollar...

So if you can find these today they go from $20 to $50 dollars as collector items but oddly enough I went forward just using some bass wood and did my best to duplicate the side view. I really wanted to use the knife I also bought that summer (a grey plastic knife with interchangeable blades) but I'm afraid that is long gone. Anyway, using my favorite knife, I slowly cut our the profile. This is always where I make my mistakes at summer camp by trying to hurry and take to large of cuts ruining the slide. Once the profile was cut out, I took a pencil and drew out the lined across the front and other side. Next I began rounding the slide making sure to redraw the lines as needed to keep consistency. The details came next as the feathers, for example, took some time.  The one area I did not  spend time in was the face as I hate carving faces. I did a fair amount of sanding getting ready for painting with hobby paints. A couple coats of poly finished it off. 

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont UTE Gulch

January 2023

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane

When the Ute Park fire happened back in 2018, it is amazing the fire burned right up to the edge of the cabin.  The cabin survived, with the exception on one small corner, but due to the surrounding fire damage the commissary was moved to Cimarroncito.

Carved from southern (pallet) pine was an interesting to make because of the perspective of the building. Painted with hobby paints, lettered with waterslide paper, and sealed with a couple of coats of poly.

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Slide of the Month- Basketball


January 2023

Time to make: 1 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Wayne Mason

January reminds me of days past when in high school gym class it was basketball time. The good glass hoops were raised and the practice hoops were lowered so I saw this time of hoop almost every day. 

Made from a thin piece of hobbyist plywood painted white. Ring of the hoop is made from a thing piece of wire and a couple of holes were drilled into the plywood to hold the wire. Before attaching the wires, I threaded some netting I recycled from a bag of vegetables (onions I think). The wires were then passed through the holes and one wire was bent 90 degrees upwards and the other 90 degrees downward. I then glued the wires to the back of the board. The "targeting" rectangle was done using waterslide paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off