This section is from the book "Scouting For Rural Boys. A Manual For Leaders", by Boy scouts of America. See also: Outdoor Adventure Manual: Essential Scouting Skills for the Great Outdoors.
A few pieces of boards, a brace and bit to bore holes about the size of the wire. (If you have no small "bit" a nail can be driven through and pulled out.) The "hooks" can be made from coat hanger or some stiff No. 10 wire. The "paddle" shown enables all strands to be twisted at the same time and in the same direction. The purpose of the "wrench" is as is pictured, to push the separate strands toward the newly twisted rope, thus tightening the twist. The first move is to tie the three (or more) strands together at one end and fasten this end securely so that the twist can have some tension. Using cord of different colors makes an attractive cord or lanyard. Whip or tie the ends when through.
The rope machine may be so constructed so as to use 3, 4, 6 or more hooks, thus weaving a 3, 4 or 6 strand rope. Larger ropes may be made on a three-hook machine by doubling or trebling the strands on each hook, such as using two strands per hook and weaving a 6-strand rope, or three strands per hook and weaving a 9-strand rope. With a 4 or 6-hook machine it is possible to weave a large rope by multiplying strands on the hook.
Thus a Scout may make his own sturdy rope halter as shown.
Rural leaders may have Scouts to whom these suggestions for a roadside stand will prove useful. Where desired the stand can be made in sections hooked and bolted together and taken down for storing in off season. Each side makes a panel and roof can come off in two or more sections.
Various grades of lumber can be had. Clear, straight, seasoned, knot-free materials are best and most permanent. However, if it seems essential to reduce the outlay, the young builder can use "seconds." Often second-hand lumber can be found around the farm or purchased cheaply. By selecting the best of these for front sections, the stand when painted should look like a new building.
If slabs are available, very attractive and sturdy stands can be made of slabs, or of logs. To avoid boring insects, it is well to peel off the bark, and in some sections creosoting serves the same purpose. On rustic stands, outdoor stains or oil fillers may be used instead of paint.
The roof ridge or ridges should be capped to make a water-tight roof. Windows are frequently protected by an outside shelf which is hinged to lift up and cover the window as a shutter.
The Scout may do well to finish the roadside stand by painting it in colors to match the nearby homestead. A bit of paint costs but little and preserves the wood as well as improving appearance.
Scouts may be interested in making an Indian camp model for a booth exhibit or public craft demonstration.
The proportions in the tepee plan are correct and can be adapted to larger or smaller tepees as desired. The Scout should take some plain light paper and experiment with these for size and then use that light paper model for his pattern.
If the base of the layout is made 12 in. x 24 in. as marked, the circle representing the bottom of the tepee should be approximately 6 inches across.
When the parts have been made, they may be mounted on the base as shown. Papier-mache can be made to serve as the land and to "anchor" loose pieces. Shred soft paper and mix it up with a thin solution of plaster of paris, working rapidly as it hardens. Work it around over the glass edge for shore line and place rocks, pebbles, trees and other fixed properties before the mixture hardens.
The model may be used for exhibits and might illustrate many tent types if desired.
A GREEN WILLOW WHISTLE
Cut as Shown in I; Tap Bark with Knife to Loosen As in II and III