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How to Whittle Slides
YOUR AMERICAN frontiersman was the father of whittling. He had to travel light: his basic equipment included little beyond the essentials for survival. But there were times on the trail when life was quiet, if not easy. Or at night, round the campfire, when the frontiersman, desiring relaxation and enjoyment, picked up a piece of wood, drew his knife, and whittled.

Almost any good sharp pocket knife will serve as your starter, but if you're going to buy a knife, make it the three-bladed pocket type. An excellent second knife is the famous crooked knife, available at your official Scout Distributor. Your knife must be sharp. A dull knife wills kid on a tough piece of wood, but won't hesitate to slice into soft flesh.

How to hold your knife 1s one of the first thing you need to master. Start out by holding the knife, as shown at the left of drawing below. Now close your fingers over the handle. Set the back of the blade firmly in the V farmed by the index finger and thumb, as shown at the right of the drawing below. Now lock the thumb over the index finger, bringing the handle of the knife tightly against the middle of your palm. You rarely whittle with the thumb on the back of the cutting blade.

When you are doing rough whittling, the grip in the center of the drawing below is best. The hand holding the wood should always be back of the blade, away from the cutting edge to avoid injury.

Next you need a piece of wood and Some band aids. Yes, band aids, because no matter how careful you are, some day you'll be absorbed with whittling your creation only to begin wondering how a piece of soft pine got stained blood red.

If you're in a hurry to see the results from your handiwork, then start with a pre-cut block. There are two or three craft houses that sell blocks for neckerchief slides and other whittling projects.

Whittling from a pre-cut block is actually a good learning step, for even the expert whittler cuts the original wood to a roughly formed block before he begins real whittling.

Blocks usually come with an instruction sheet showing you the steps for whittling out the finished piece. A "block" is actually the rough shape of the object you're going to whittle. It has been cut and drilled by power tools down to the point where nothing more can be done except by the hands of the whittler.

If you start from scratch. picking up your own wood, remember that softwood is usually best. Pines are abundant, although white pine is becoming a little scarce. Other good whittling woods include basswood, poplar, and cottonwood. Also good, especially for whittling ball-shaped objects, are willow, box elder, and cedar.

Most softwoods can be whittled while green. Anywhere an old building is being wrecked a mine of whittling materials awaits you. After you've handled wood successfully, try whittling other materials, including smooth bark, horn, hone, and even fruit stones such as peach and plum pits. Keep your eye on BOYS' LIFE. There are always some whittling features, including Whittlin' Jim's neckerchief slide published each month.

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Neckerchief Slide Backs
There are a variety of backings that can be used for neckerchief slides. Some are carved as an integral part of the slide, some are attached as the slide dries, and some others are much more elaborate. We like to keep it simple.
  • A nice permanent loop for a wooden back can be made from a piece of 1x2 or 1x3 and drill holes with a 3/4" wood bit. Cut along the lines and have the Scouts and the edges so there are no sharp corners.
  • A simple leather back can be cut from scraps of material left over. This leather back can have a variety of materials attached to it.
  • Another option is PVC pipe that can be cut and then sanded. This is best for backings that have to have the neckerchief piece hot-glued to it.
  • I had a Scouter tell me that he uses plain garden hose on some of his slides.
  • Pipe cleaners can be used in lieu of rings.
  • Another option is PVC pipe that can be cut and then sanded. This is best for backings that have to have the neckerchief piece hot-glued to it.
  • If you use metal rings for plaster slides, please use the entire ring. Do not cut it in half as they can break off and injure the scout.
  • Losing a favorite neckerchief slide is an experience we don't wish on anyone. We use a little tricks to make sure we don't lose that prized neckerchief slide.
  • On the wood back shown above, take a piece of leather, heavy fishing line, lanyard rope, or string and cut it approximately 8" to 10" in length. Before you attach your neckerchief piece, place the string in the holes with the loop at one end. Attach your neckerchief piece. Now tie the two loose ends together with a secure knot. Now when you put your neckerchief slide on, simply make sure that the loop is between the button and button hole before your secure it. If you neckerchief slides off, it will still be attached to your uniform.
  • If your slide is already made, you maybe able to staple a pieces of leather or rope to accomplish the same result.

What do I make a neckerchief slide with? So your not a carver, haven't been able to master knots, don't like the feel of plaster of paris, and don't know how to turn on a saw. The options available for you to make some really great slides is still limitless. Some are even made for you and all you have to do is get the back and use a hot-glue gun.
  • Acorns (2 or 3 glued on and varnished)
  • Kitchen magnets (of all varieties)
  • Empty film canisters (Oscar the Grouch, First Aid Kit, Sewing Kit, etc)
  • Washers
  • Wood branches
  • Tree Limb Slabs
  • Sea Shells
  • Pasta
  • Walnut Shells
  • Animal Horns
  • Animal Bones (a turkey neck bone looks just like a wolf)
  • Fishing Flies
  • Fishing Lures
  • Anything that you can think of…….
If you run out of ideas, ask the scouts. Remember, the best neckerchief slides are the ones selected by the scouts and made by the scouts.

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