Monday, May 1, 2023

Slide of the Month-Battle Drum

May 2023

Time to make: 3 hours

Finishing: 1.5 hour
Boy's Life July 1975, page 36

Original design:  Wayne Mason

The 37th Massachusetts was a volunteer infantry unit formed in Pittsfield, MA in 1862. Known as the "Tremont Zouaves" the companies were known by their uniforms which, beside the union blue, also consisted of a long red wool sash and a red "Fez" hat. Some of the engagements the regiment were in include Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the draft riots of New York City, and the siege of Petersburg. The emblem on this battle drum is from the 37th.

I carved this slide from some maple starting by drilling a 3/4 inch hole trough the middle of the wood. I rounded the slide and then cut in the center of the drum. Next I painted the slide with hobby paints sealed it with a couple coats of poly and applied the emblem using waterslide paper. I drilled holes for the ropes and used small metal beads for the tensioners.

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