Saturday, October 28, 2023

Slide of the Month Extra: Bagpipes


October 2023

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 1 hour
Original design:  Bill Macfarlane

An instrument of War? Perhaps if one was to consider the ruling by the Judge in the case of James Reid. Mr. Reid was a piper at the battle of Culloden (April 16, 1746), which was the last battle of the Jacobite rising. He claimed he was not a combatant in the battle since he had not fought . The Judge ruled bagpipes were an instrument of war because Scottish armies always had pipers in battle. He was found guilty and put to death.

  In 1996 David Brooks was cited for playing an instrument in Hampstead Heath (do to an old law prohibiting it). Mr. Brooks defense was that he was not playing an instrument but instead was practicing with a weapon of war citing the 1746 ruling. While the Judge found Mr. Brooks argument humorous, he ruled that bagpipes were indeed an instrument and not a deadly weapon of war.

To my knowledge and research I may be the first to have created a neckerchief slide representing bagpipes. The body was carved from maple and the drones, blowspipe, and chanter were carved from a small dowel. The bag was made from cloth ribbon glued to the body. The drones, great and tenor,  were painted with hobby paints (as well as the blowspipe and chanter) then glued to the body. A piece of red string make up the drone cord and was glued in place. A very cool slide!

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Slide of the Month Extra: Philmont NM Slide


October 2023

Time to make: 2 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Original design:  Philmont/Bill Macfarlane

An interesting design I saw out at Philmont and thought this was a natural choice for a slide.

Made from pallet wood it contains several levels with the white level as the top, blue in the middle, and the base level  (red/yellow). It painted with hobby paints and labeled with waterslide paper. A couple of coats of poly finish it off.  

Sunday, October 1, 2023

Slide of the Month - Billy Goat

October 2023

Time to make: 2.5 hours

Finishing: 1 hour
Boy's Life Aug. 1983 p. 63
Original design:  Lew Weston

The largest of the  Three Billy Goats Gruff is the influence for this slide. An old Norwegian folk tale but in the end instead of the troll, who lived under the bridge, eating the largest of the goats, he is knocked from the bridge into the stream. That is the way I learned it as a child but as I was researching the original translation I came across this;

Carved from maple the head is a simple shape. Add to the slide the ears and horns, also carved from maple, glued to the head. Painted with hobby paints and sealed with a couple coats of poly.

                    Snip, snap, snout.