Saturday, March 11, 2023

Slide of the Month Extra - Philmont Cphyers Mine


March 2023

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont / Bill Macfarlane

Named for Charles Cpyher, a early gold miner in the region, the camp features a tour of the Contention mine as well as other mining activities. Also, it has one of the best musical programs (called Stomp) at Philmont. Check out this play list called "Down in the Contention" from the 2021 staffers.

Carved from maple, this was a challenging slide to carve. The helmet had me grinding my teeth as I tried to not only carve the roundness of the helmet but also have the mining light attached to it also. The only part added to the slide was the pick axe and it was made using a small dowel. I used sandpaper on the handle to make it look like it was worn from use. The slide was painted with hobby paints and the lettering was done with water slide paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off. 

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