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How to Make an Easy and Inexpensive Marble Maze

Posted to Cub Scout Ideas on March 30th, 2017

Make an easy and inexpensive marble maze! Your Bear Cub Scout can quickly complete one of the Marble Madness requirements by following these instructions. The post How to Make an Easy and Inexpensive Marble Maze appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... [more]

Small Actions

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 28th, 2017

Even the small actions like giving someone the chance to shine even for a very limited time can make their day for the rest of their lives. The post Small Actions appeared first on Jabbering All Day Long ... [more]

Bones and Horns (Horn - Something Special)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 27th, 2017

March 3/26/2017 Time to make: 2 hours Finishing: .5 hour ...and now the final slide in this long journey. When thinking about the last slide, I thought this would be a good time to both finish the Whittlin Jim slides and transition into other Slide... [more]

Bones and Horns (Bone Eight)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 26th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 1.5 hours Finishing: .5 hour Another piece of bone given by a friend which the bone was quite thick and this is a one piece slide. I sketched out the 8 on the bone similar to the 7 Ben used, rough cut... [more]

Bones and Horns (Bone Arrowhead)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 26th, 2017

March 2017 Time to make: 1 hours Finishing: 1 hour So a good friend gave me some bones one day all cut up in neckerchief sized pieces and this is a slide made from one of the bones. I really have to ask him what animal it came from but I think it... [more]

Seven Steps to Becoming a Charity Trustee

Posted to Jabbering All Day Long on March 23rd, 2017

Ever wanted to be a Charity Trustee - I found this article on the Third Sector Website written by the voice of their youth trustees The post Seven steps to becoming a charity trustee appeared first on Jabbering All Day Long ... [more]

Cow Horn Indian Chief

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

January 2017 Time to carve: 3.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour A very tough slide to make as carving cow horn is very hard. First step was to cut the bonnet and expand the horn. The original article called for the horn to be boiled until the it was... [more]

Cow Horn Indian Chief

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

January 2017 Time to carve: 3.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour A very tough slide to make as carving cow horn is very hard. First step was to cut the bonnet and expand the horn. The original article called for the horn to be boiled until the it was... [more]

Scout Hang-on (Chief Hang-On)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

Summer 2016 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour Same basic design as Chief Hang-on but this is a timid Scout climber. Carved from maple and painted with craft paint. Sealed with poly and the rope is 550 cord hanging his climbing belt... [more]

Scout Hang-on (Chief Hang-On)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

Summer 2016 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour Same basic design as Chief Hang-on but this is a timid Scout climber. Carved from maple and painted with craft paint. Sealed with poly and the rope is 550 cord hanging his climbing belt... [more]

Overzealous First Aid (Footsie)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

Summer 2016 Time to carve: 2.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour Same basic design as Footsie (In the Tribe of Slides) but with first aid spin. Carved from maple and painted with craft paint. This poor sap is wrapped head to toe with cloth bandages and tied... [more]

Overzealous First Aid (Footsie)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

Summer 2016 Time to carve: 2.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour Same basic design as Footsie (In the Tribe of Slides) but with first aid spin. Carved from maple and painted with craft paint. This poor sap is wrapped head to toe with cloth bandages and tied... [more]

Snag-Tooth Clown (Snag-Tooth Charlie)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

Fall 2016 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour The same basic design as Snag-Tooth Charlie but as a clown. Carved from maple and painted with craft paints. Sealed with poly and when dry, the fake fur hair glued on... [more]

Snag-Tooth Clown (Snag-Tooth Charlie)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

Fall 2016 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour The same basic design as Snag-Tooth Charlie but as a clown. Carved from maple and painted with craft paints. Sealed with poly and when dry, the fake fur hair glued on... [more]

The Great Pie Fight (Cannibal)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

Fall 2016 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour The same basic design as the Cannibal but I made it a clown instead. The head, arm and feet are carved from maple. The shield is a hobby plywood round and the pie tins are formed using a doming... [more]

The Great Pie Fight (Cannibal)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 21st, 2017

Fall 2016 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour The same basic design as the Cannibal but I made it a clown instead. The head, arm and feet are carved from maple. The shield is a hobby plywood round and the pie tins are formed using a doming... [more]

Chinese Figurine

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3 hours Finishing: 2 hour Carved from walnut and I struggled as walnut is very hard. The slide has a couple of coats of poly and the symbols were written on with a modeling paint pen. Whittlin Jim said... [more]

Chinese Figurine

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3 hours Finishing: 2 hour Carved from walnut and I struggled as walnut is very hard. The slide has a couple of coats of poly and the symbols were written on with a modeling paint pen. Whittlin Jim said... [more]

Key Key Bird

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3 hours Finishing: 2 hour This is a lot of fun to wear! So when people look at it you reach to the wire and all of a sudden the key-key bird moves. The "tree" was cut from a downed tree branch and... [more]

Key Key Bird

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3 hours Finishing: 2 hour This is a lot of fun to wear! So when people look at it you reach to the wire and all of a sudden the key-key bird moves. The "tree" was cut from a downed tree branch and... [more]

O a Slide 3

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 1.5 hours Finishing: 1.5 hour This one hold some nostalgia for me as I had a neckerchief slide just like this when I finished my ordeal. I had bought it at the camp store and brought it home to paint. I... [more]

O a Slide 3

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 1.5 hours Finishing: 1.5 hour This one hold some nostalgia for me as I had a neckerchief slide just like this when I finished my ordeal. I had bought it at the camp store and brought it home to paint. I... [more]

For Specal Award

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 1 hour Finishing: 1.5 hour It seems to me this use to be called the one match fire for the Scout who started a fire using only one match. A really easy slide to make requiring only a spare piece of wood,... [more]

For Specal Award

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 1 hour Finishing: 1.5 hour It seems to me this use to be called the one match fire for the Scout who started a fire using only one match. A really easy slide to make requiring only a spare piece of wood,... [more]

Reflector Oven

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: .5 hours Finishing: 1.5 hour Does anyone remember these? It seem like when I was a Scout (and suddenly Scouts stopped paying attention) we used reflector ovens quite often. Made from some aluminum... [more]

Reflector Oven

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: .5 hours Finishing: 1.5 hour Does anyone remember these? It seem like when I was a Scout (and suddenly Scouts stopped paying attention) we used reflector ovens quite often. Made from some aluminum... [more]

The Tenderfoot Camper

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2.5 hours Finishing: 1.5 hour This poor sap is either to tall for the tent or too big for the sleeping bag. At least he changed out of his wet socks. The Tenderfoot Camper is one of those fun slides... [more]

The Tenderfoot Camper

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2.5 hours Finishing: 1.5 hour This poor sap is either to tall for the tent or too big for the sleeping bag. At least he changed out of his wet socks. The Tenderfoot Camper is one of those fun slides... [more]

Memory Slides

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: several hours Finishing: 1.5 hour "Don't you often wish you had somethin' to recall that trip you took a couple o' years ago?" wrote Wittlin' Jim. Heck I wish I could remember how to tie these. The wood... [more]

Memory Slides

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: several hours Finishing: 1.5 hour "Don't you often wish you had somethin' to recall that trip you took a couple o' years ago?" wrote Wittlin' Jim. Heck I wish I could remember how to tie these. The wood... [more]

Emergency Slides

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 2 to 5 minutes Finishing: got a match? Nevermind, I'll fray the ends. So your at a court of honor and you forgot your neckerchief slide but you have some paracord or light rope? These literally take just... [more]

Emergency Slides

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 2 to 5 minutes Finishing: got a match? Nevermind, I'll fray the ends. So your at a court of honor and you forgot your neckerchief slide but you have some paracord or light rope? These literally take just... [more]

Guitar

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2.5 hours Finishing: 2.5 hour So a lot of parts to this one and some assembly required. The body is white maple and the hole was painted with black craft paint. The sides and back have a one step... [more]

Guitar

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2.5 hours Finishing: 2.5 hour So a lot of parts to this one and some assembly required. The body is white maple and the hole was painted with black craft paint. The sides and back have a one step... [more]

The Black Kight

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 1.5 hour Carved from maple and painted with a semi-gloss black paint. Gold modeler's paint was used for the highlights. Finally, the end of a red feather is glued into a hole in the... [more]

Jackknife

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour Boy this one is fun to wear! So many people think it's real. Carved from maple the rivets are made using a nail punch a light tap of a hammer. It's painted with craft paint... [more]

Yacht

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 1 hours Finishing: 1.5 hour A quick little slide with a piece of scrap wood, a dowel, a pin, a toothpick, and some cloth. Painted with craft paint and a couple coats of poly. Forgive me for this but if... [more]

Minature Mounted Trophy

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour Carved from maple and painted with craft paints. The mounting board is also maple with a one step stain/poly finish I'll be honest I don't remember which bass I was making... [more]

Elephant

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2.5 hours Finishing: 1.5 hour Carved from red maple I like how the slide came together. The tusks are made from some plastic scrape and the eyes are pins that have been cut down. A couple of coats of... [more]

South Sea Island

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 20th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 4 hours Finishing: 2.5 hour Funny story about these two slides, I carved these slides while traveling for business as my company was a "go-live" of a new system a couple of years ago. (We replaced this... [more]

Hawaiian-Aumakuas

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour A great slide to carve with lot changeling parts. Carved from maple with a sharp knife with lots for breaks for sharping the blade. Painted with craft paint and sealed with... [more]

Pine Cone

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: .5 hours Finishing: 1 hour A quick and easy slide to make. The best part of this is picking up a pine cone some time when your are attending an event you want to remember. A couple of coats of poly and a... [more]

Seahorse

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour A seahorse carved from maple and painted with craft paints/finished with poly. I remember asking my parents about ordering seahorse out of the back of Boys Life Gift and... [more]

Goal Kick

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 1.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour My first thought was when was the last time goal posts like this was used? So it's a bit dated but the idea is there of kicking a field goal. Carved from maple the football... [more]

Pedro

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour A two part slide, the head wobbles as you move. The body has a hollow area drilled into it and the head has a heavy bolt glued into it which extends into the body hole. It... [more]

Hikin' Boots

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour Carved from red maple this is a chip design so there is very little sanding involved. Finished with a couple of coats of... [more]

Jointed Monkey

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour Fun little slide to make. The time listed was for carving all the little parts that will be glued together to make the finished slide. Some parts were painted with craft... [more]

Patch Slide

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: .5 hours Finishing: none Got a spare patch hanging around? This is a quick and easy slide to make! Glue the patch to a heavy piece of cardboard and glue a loop to... [more]

Bamboo

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour There is something really pleasant about the simplicity and elegance of these bamboo slides. All that is really needed is a saw and some sandpaper (also some cord for one)... [more]

Bongo Drums

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 1 hours Finishing: .5 hour Made from bamboo and thin leather this was a quick slide to make. Somehow I can't think about this slide without thinking about a classic scene from Big Bang Theory... [more]

Snowshoe

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 3.5 hours Finishing: 1 hour For a couple of years I tried to find a suitable material for the wooden frame and it struck me one day during summer camp watching the Scouts at Basketry Merit Badge that... [more]

Corn on the Cob

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour Corn on the cob, some burgers on the grill and a cool ice tea in the warm breeze of a summer day. Easy to dream about it on a cold March day. Carved from maple, all this took... [more]

Bone and Horn

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 4 hours Finishing: 2 hour Made from some horns I bought from a pet supply store and a deer bone a friend gave me. I cut the pattern using a saw and carved the design with a file. I shined up the slides... [more]

Steer Horns

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour The horns are carved from a piece of maple and painted with craft paint. Center is red felt with black thread on the ends. The plaque is also made from maple with an one step... [more]

Cherry Pie

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 1.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour Found a jelly or cream cheese container at a restaurant for the pie tin and used whole black peppercorns for the cherries. The filling was spackle and I cut out a piece of pie... [more]

Horse's Bit

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve/make: 3 hours Finishing: 2 hour There was a couple of versions of this slide, one wooden and one metal. The wooden one was carved from maple with leather and painted with a chrome paint. The metal one is... [more]

Sabbath Slide

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 3 hours Finishing: 1 hour Another cow horn (from an earlier ebay order) project. This project took some prep as the horn I use needed to be sanded smooth as it was a bit hairy to begin with. Once ready,... [more]

Imbedded Arrowhead

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Easter time sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 3.5 hours Finishing: .5 hour When looking for a bone for this slide you never know where you are going to find it. After looking in the woods and hitting up hunter I know, I finally found the... [more]

Mountain Sheep

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 2 hours Finishing: .5 hour Made from a cow horn (ordered off ebay), I sawed the basic shape and carved out the eyes and ears. Boiled the slide in water for an hour or more to make the horns pliable so I... [more]

A Nutty Squirrel

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 1.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour Made from a couple of black walnuts the eye sockets were filed flat with file as were the bottom of the head and top of the body. The body and head were glued together, the... [more]

Knot Slide

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 2 hours Finishing: 2 hour Carved from red maple and whipped with some heavy black thread. Finished with poly. This type of slide could be carved from almost any kind of knot that could be tied!... [more]

Gourd Slide

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 4 hours Finishing: 2.5 hour Another set slides that took some time to find just the materials. In the end, I ordered a couple of dipper gourds off of ebay. Now this really surprised me when it came to... [more]

Thermometers

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour A couple of slide that took some time to procure (well at least the second one). The first slide was made from a piece of thin hobby plywood as a background, the tube from a... [more]

Sioux Chief

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: 3.5 hours Finishing: 2 hour Another slide carved during Merit Badge Uninversity at UMASS Amherst I think a couple of years ago. I had a couple of adults ask me about what I was carving while I was... [more]

Beaded Thunderbird (Rosette)

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Spring of 2016 Time to make: 2.5 hours I had some bead left over from some earlier projects so there was nothing to pick up. Just a needle, thread, and piece of white cloth and I was on my way to beading. I forgot how much I enjoyed this kind of... [more]

Pueblo Indian Drum

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Sometime between 2012 and 2015 Time to carve: .5 hours Finishing: 2 hour So a quick drilling a 3/4 inch hole in a dowel and cutting it to size. An old golfing glove for the leather (I golfed?) and some nylon cord for threading. Painted the drum... [more]

Black Walnut

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Some time between 2012 and 2015 Time to make: 1 hours Finishing: 2 hour The squirrels around my house find black walnuts somewhere around here (I've never been able to find it) and bury them in my yard. So when I saw this pattern, it was as easy as... [more]

Hidden Money Pocket

Posted to Channeling Whittlin Jim on March 19th, 2017

Orginal brand: October 2010 Build: 2016 Time to build: 1.5 hours While I was at Wood Badge the staff had a brand and I just happened to have a piece of leather. The result was a great start to this slide. The front is the branded leather and the... [more]

MacGyver Patch

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 15th, 2017

Last September, Boys' Life ran a MacGyver Challenge sweepstakes. Today, I received this photo of the patch from a participant in the contest. Doing a bit of research on the net, it looks like 1,158 people entered so all of them should have gotten a... [more]

#BringBacktheBees

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 14th, 2017

Following up on my post from yesterday about Boy Scout projects, here is a fun one for Cub Scouts. There are around 20,000 species of bees worldwide and they are very important for the pollination of plants. Since WWII, bee populations have been... [more]

Plenty O Projects

Posted to Scoutmaster Musings on March 13th, 2017

Looking for some service conservation projects for 2017? There are TONS of opportunities for volunteers to help out, from computer data entry to banding woodcock chicks - whatever your ability or interest. Here's a few from MN DNR : Eagle Project?... [more]

How to Print New Cub Scout Requirements to Fit in Handbooks

Posted to Cub Scout Ideas on March 8th, 2017

Find out how to print the new Cub Scout requirements modifications documents so that they'll fit inside your son's Cub Scout handbook. The post How to Print New Cub Scout Requirements To Fit in Handbooks appeared first on Cub Scout Ideas ... [more]

Messengers of Peace Day of Service

Posted to Summit Blog on March 3rd, 2017

At the 2017 National Jamboree each Scout will participate in a program activity called Messengers of Peace Day of Service (MOPDOS). MOPDOS is an opportunity for each Scout to make a meaningful impact on the lives of residents in the 9 counties that... [more]

Bringing Science to the Summit: NOVA Award Available at Jamboree

Posted to Summit Blog on March 3rd, 2017

The jamboree will be full of opportunities to exercise a Scout's body and to challenge themselves physically. But did you know that there will be opportunities to challenge your mental capacity as well? Those with interest in a mental challenge... [more]

March KNOTS Scout Cartoon

Posted to U.S. Scouting Service Project on March 1st, 2017

Interview with Abe Lincoln? March 2017 Cafe Press Items Copyright - U.S. Scouting Service Project | Visit us at http://usscouts.org | News at http://usssp.blogspot.com... [more]

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