Introduction: A Skeletal Woggle.

Picture of A Skeletal Woggle.

A woggle is the proper name for a Cub's (or Scout's) neckerchief slide.

This one was made after a moment's inspiration.

Step 1: The Idea

Picture of The Idea

Number One Son found a sheep's vertebra last year, and it's been lying around the house ever since - too cool to throw away, too gross to keep.

Then, just as I was putting uniform on for Cubs (I'm a Cub Leader), my eye fell on the vertebra and inspiration struck - it's got a hole in, that would make a cool woggle.

Unfortunately, the hole in the middle (where the ex=sheep's spinal cord used to be) proved to be too small.

Step 2: The Execution.

Picture of The Execution.

So, the vertebra was set aside, until today, when chance brought both bone and rotary tool to my workbench at exactly the same time.

Remembering my idea, two minute's work with the rotary tool produced this, the world's coolest woggle.

Since my Cub name is Mang, the Bat that Brings the Night, this is now an absolutely essential part of my uniform.


Nostalgic Guy (author)2013-01-15

Very nice, I came across this when I was looking for ideas for scarf rings for a friend but being a strict vegetarian he may not appreciate one like it :-)
I wore a woggle made from a section of cow femur for about five years when I was a scout; I engraved a fleur de lys into it with a spike awl dyed it with green drawing ink & sealed it with a coat of clear nail varnish "donated" by my big sister.
I ended up making them for all the lads in my patrol & quite a few to use as swaps at camp sites, my Dad was a butcher for many years & had many friends still in the trade so getting hold of suitable bones was never a problem, of course that was in the days when "proper" butchers were everywhere before supermarkets took over the world.

ScouterGord (author)2012-10-14

Here I am, poking about for woggle ideas, when I run across one made from a vertebra. Absolutely excellent. Even better that is was made by another Mang. :-)

Kiteman (author)ScouterGord2012-10-15

You're a Mang? I've never met another! (The name was chosen for me by the cubs we had at the time.)

ScouterGord (author)Kiteman2012-10-15

Indeed I am and I know two others. Perhaps it's more common here in Canada?

nickodemus (author)2010-05-19

Interesting, I think these could make a nice transition from woggle to a napkin ring . ( I think it has a proper name, but I can't seem to remember what it is...) Woggle...
I learn something new everyday!

Kiteman (author)nickodemus2010-05-20

The proper name for a napkin ring is "napkin ring".


nickodemus (author)Kiteman2010-05-20

Yeah, I actually figured that out after posting the comment...

CrazySheep (author)2010-03-29

Too cool :0
I'm now regretting bringing home that bird skull I found on a hike.... but, even though they know I'm a bit wacko, my (all-girl) scout troop would frown upon it! XD

Hmm.... when's my next hike?! :D

Kiteman (author)CrazySheep2010-03-29

Hmmm - thread the ends of the necker into the back of the skull and one end out each eye...

CrazySheep (author)Kiteman2010-03-30

Woops, I meant "not bringing"! XD
I'm going on a hike tomorrow. I'll find something! ^^
When I do, this is the first thing I'm going to try. Thanks for such a great idea!
Bravo, bravo, bravo bravicimo! Bravo, bravo, very well done!
Do ye sing that in the UK?

Kiteman (author)CrazySheep2010-03-30

We "do a bravo" - the loudest leader starts; Give me a B etc, and ends up with Watcha got? BRAVO! Watcha got?BRAVO!

XylophonicMonkey (author)2009-10-20

I would assume that would  be the scouts centenary 0_o
Bones formally rule though.

ibayibay1 (author)2009-03-15

u hav a phunny face

pontificator (author)ibayibay12009-06-17

that was kind...

CookieLuver (author)2009-06-05

i found they exact same bone a a creek

Kiteman (author)CookieLuver2009-06-06

This one is a sheep's vertebra. There are lots of bones you could cut or carve into a woggle.

mynameisjonas (author)2008-12-23

really cool kiteman! but I have one question; In the united states you can't part of the scouts if you are atheist, or agnostic. so, is it different in the UK, or are you a closeted atheist?

Kiteman (author)mynameisjonas2008-12-24

You are supposed to have a religious position. The current leaders in my pack also include a committed christian and a Pagan.

There are packs that are specifically "Jewish" or "Muslim".

mynameisjonas (author)Kiteman2008-12-25

okay your supposed to have a religious position, but will your membership be revoked if they find out that you don't have a religious position (or you are a homosexual, transsexual, or female for that matter) here is a quote from wikipedia; "The BSA ( boy scouts of America) has policies which prohibit atheists, agnostics, and "known or avowed" homosexuals from membership in its Scouting program; both youths and adults have had their memberships revoked as a result. The BSA contends that these policies are essential in its mission to instill in young people the values of the Scout Oath and Law. The BSA also prohibits girls from participating in Cub Scouting and Boy Scouting. These policies are controversial and are considered by some to be unfair."

Kiteman (author)mynameisjonas2008-12-26

UK Scouting seems to be very different to the US offshoot. Atheism is a religious position, any sexuality is allowed as long as the children are safe, and girls are allowed throughout the scouting movement. If it was otherwise, we would be breaking several European equality laws.

mynameisjonas (author)Kiteman2008-12-29

I wish I lived in the UK! but the boy scouts is a private organization, meaning that they can have any membership policies that they wan't. but they still get access to governmental resources, including public land, and a nonsectarian status

Notbob (author)2008-08-12

I used to see these all the time when i went to D.I.B.C (Dorchester International Brotherhood Camporee) and some other larger camps. This are actualy quite neat, but i find them kind of creepy. I mostly see cubs with these, a few scouts And never any ventures(I'm a venture). I prefer to make mine out of modeling (the kind you bake) clay. I post a picture of the ones ive made soon.

Notbob (author)Notbob2008-08-12

P.S- I envy your 100 years necker...

Kiteman (author)Notbob2008-08-14

You can buy them online.

Notbob (author)Kiteman2008-08-14

Thanks, i thought you could only get them last year.

Kiteman (author)Notbob2008-08-16

They over-stocked, apparently.

limpach (author)2008-08-12

Are you Scouting in America or the U.K.?

Kiteman (author)limpach2008-08-14

UK - the Group I'm with was started nearly a century ago (I think 2010 is our centenary year).

limpach (author)Kiteman2008-08-14

Cool. Yeah I am an Eagle Scout with BSA.

AndyGadget (author)2008-04-17

Just back from a few days in Cumbria with a fair bit of walking the fells Why can you never find a dead sheep when you want one? (I had an idea for another Instructable using demised ovine components - maybe next time.)

Kiteman (author)AndyGadget2008-04-17

Oh, dear. There's always next time. Did you get anywhere near Bassenthwaite and see the ospreys? They've just returned to the nest.

AndyGadget (author)Kiteman2008-04-17

Bassenthwaite - the only lake in the Lake District. I was further South (Kirkby Lonsdale) with in-laws and only went as far up as Windermere.

Kiteman (author)AndyGadget2008-04-17

Ah, still nice, though. Shame the steamboat museum is closed.

Patrik (author)2008-02-04

Very stylish! Could you show us an "after" picture, to see how much you removed?

Kiteman (author)Patrik2008-02-15

It wasn't much, just a couple of millimetres, but it made the difference between the neckerchief fitting through the bone and not fitting.

Hellchild (author)2008-02-11

oh so simple,... Neat!!

killerjackalope (author)2008-02-10

Ok I was just away doing a video porject weekend and there were scouts in the centre too and we had a massive joke involving woggles, ransom notes and the line 'we have your woggles' put under some doors in the end they got annoyed at me for outshouting them... and they were leaders...

cubemonkey (author)2008-02-07

Scouts was awesome, I remember being in Scouts and Royal Rangers at our church.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-04

Really cool job Kiteman, it looks nice with your neckerchief. :P

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