A totem poll for young scouts to widdle…

Submitted by MyFunCloset November 26th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

Into the next room I went. With my Bubbles pink squeezie in hand, I scored another find I never ever knew existed. Seems this is a Boy Scout must have decades ago. Maybe ’50s or ’60’s. A young scout was expected to know how to widdle. This is part of a series of neck scarf slides, widdled from balsum wood in the shapes of native American totem poll faces, then painted. For 25 cents, I took a quick look hoping it would be complete.

…and this is what I found. Smart way to line up neckchief slides…on a poll.

3 Responses to “A totem poll for young scouts to widdle…”

  1. Allee Willis

    Well, the Bubbles coin purse is BEAUTIFUL and I love that it’s accompanying you so many places!

    Confused about what this really is though and I can’t really tell from the photos. At first I thought it was some kind of thing that you carved and then pressed on material to put a pattern on a neckerchief. Then I realized that wasn’t it, that you really carve it into a totem pole. But I don’t get what neckerchiefs have to do with it. All of this confusion is, of course, upping the kitsch value of it by the second. I would’ve popped down the coin for this too. But I would love a more thorough explanation of what it is. I don’t even know what a neckerchief slide is to begin with.

    • MyFunCloset

      Yes, Bubbles’ spirit guided me to kitsch I might never have found that day. This is what I duiscovered. Ebay had this up for auction a few weeks ago, as a completed, carved & painted totem pole. It seems, the young scout wore a boy scout neck scarf.
      The 1st box photo shows a carved totem face with his scarf slipped through the center hole. Each block was craved and painted, by the scout, and slid onto the pole to keep them orderly.
      Perhaps we have a boy scout out there who can relate to this.