Saturday, February 18, 2023

Slide of the month extra - Woody's Cosmo Crow


February 2023

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Woody's Make-Your-Own

Another in the Woody's series, I'm a bit baffled about the name "Cosmo" the Cosmic Crow. What makes the crow cosmic? Perhaps has something to do with a meaning of "the keepers of spiritual law". Or maybe as the messenger between the real world and spirit world.  But then again, it could but be from the cartoon series Fox and the Crow. (Heckle and Jeckle were cartoon magpies.)

Made from basswood, I reproduced the profile on the side and drilled a 3/4 in hole down the middle. Cutting out the profile was quick and, with the exception of the eyes, the rounding was easy to do. I sanding the slide and painted it with hobby paints. A couple coats of poly finished it off

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Slide of the Month Extra-Philmont Sawmill

 February 2023

Time to make: 1 hour

Finishing: 1 hour

                                                      Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane

Sawmill camp was originally known a a forestry/lumber camp but today it is known for a being able to shoot a  30.06  round you reloaded yourself. But did you also know there is hot showers there too.  (Thanks to a wood fired boiler!)

Quick and easy slide to make, using pallet pine, with nice lines. Painted with hobby paints and lettered with waterslide paper. A couple coats of poly finish it off.

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Slide of the Month - The Fox

February 2023

Time to make: 2 hours

Boys Life "Slide of the Month"

Feb. 1998, page 59

Original design: Jeff Springer

Ancient mystery
Somewhere deep in the woods
I know you're hiding
What is your sound?
Will we ever know?
Will always be a mystery
What do you say?"

Carved from maple and painted with hobby paints. I really like the green eyes on this one. Finished with a couple of coats of Poly and a wooden loop glued to the back