scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Woodcarving Merit Badge
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU
Wed Nov 17 1999 - 07:52:03 CST
We start the woodcarving merit badge in a couple weeks, and as always, I'm
trying to think of ways to get supplies on a budget.
While I was out there pricing the materials for Basketry, I checked out
the Basswood bin and find a 24" 3/8 inch or so "slab" is $3.89 - pretty
standard wherever I found it. I couldn't find thicker pieces except at
Michaels prepackaged 10 pieces - cut in sizes about big enough for a tie
slide - but no bigger.
The SPL, who is teaching the class asked me to just cut some thicker
"rounders' from logs for the project. What are my other choices from the
scap pile? There may be some red cedar siding scrap, which would be soft,
but is it suitable for carving? I have some pine (probably lodgepole, not
the soft sugar pine of the South), but it's pretty dry and cracked. Would
I want not freshly cut (too sappy) but less than a year old pine? Aspen
is plentiful here for firewood as well. There's an old cotton wood out
there but it twists and splinters - not suitable for carving, I would
think. What about building scrap - would 2X4 blocks work or be too hard?
What can I suggest the boys bring for "tools" besides an actual wood
carving set - their pocket knife and what else? I'll have a carving set to
borrow, nothing fancy.
Does anyone have some patterns or websites to visit that has patterns for
projects? Something I can show the boys to give them ideas? Tie slides
are fun, but since this is the 2 meetings before the holidays, gift ideas
would be appreciated. Thanks for any help with this one.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Troop Committee Chair, Troop 170
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council