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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.
 
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Step 1: 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.

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.
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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.
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)  GordoTheGeek1 year ago
You're a Mang? I've never met another! (The name was chosen for me by the cubs we had at the time.)
Indeed I am and I know two others. Perhaps it's more common here in Canada?
nickodemus4 years ago
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)  nickodemus4 years ago
The proper name for a napkin ring is "napkin ring".

;-P
Yeah, I actually figured that out after posting the comment...
CrazySheep4 years ago
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)  CrazySheep4 years ago
Hmmm - thread the ends of the necker into the back of the skull and one end out each eye...
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)  CrazySheep4 years ago
We "do a bravo" - the loudest leader starts; Give me a B etc, and ends up with Watcha got? BRAVO! Watcha got? BRAVO!
I would assume that would  be the scouts centenary 0_o
Bones formally rule though.
zoltzerino5 years ago
I really should start combining comments, We made our own woggles for the centenary. They consisted of a brass craft ring and some thing purple cord in the same style as that climbimg rope with other colours in, just much thinner. The cord was wrapped around the ring in a pretty pattern which I can't remember how to do, and with the loose end(s) we tied monkeys fists to be even more decorative. All within 2 hours. ZZZZ
zoltzerino5 years ago
When we were up Scafell Pike, my dog Maizie managed to wrap herself up in the corpse of a sheep. Fur coat. ZZZZ
zoltzerino5 years ago
Iv'e still got my centenary necker, and my olive and gold one (mainly olive, gold trim?). Explorers is great, much rougher and ruder and not so much of a dress code. ZZZZ
Spot the typo(s). ZZZZ
ibayibay15 years ago
u hav a phunny face
that was kind...
CookieLuver5 years ago
i found they exact same bone a a creek
Kiteman (author)  CookieLuver5 years ago
This one is a sheep's vertebra. There are lots of bones you could cut or carve into a woggle.
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)  mynameisjonas5 years ago
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".
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)  mynameisjonas5 years ago
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.
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
Notbob5 years ago
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 Notbob5 years ago
P.S- I envy your 100 years necker...
Kiteman (author)  Notbob5 years ago
You can buy them online.
Notbob Kiteman5 years ago
Thanks, i thought you could only get them last year.
Kiteman (author)  Notbob5 years ago
They over-stocked, apparently.
limpach5 years ago
Are you Scouting in America or the U.K.?
Kiteman (author)  limpach5 years ago
UK - the Group I'm with was started nearly a century ago (I think 2010 is our centenary year).
limpach Kiteman5 years ago
Cool. Yeah I am an Eagle Scout with BSA.
AndyGadget6 years ago
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)  AndyGadget6 years ago
Oh, dear. There's always next time. Did you get anywhere near Bassenthwaite and see the ospreys? They've just returned to the nest.
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)  AndyGadget6 years ago
Ah, still nice, though. Shame the steamboat museum is closed.
Patrik6 years ago
Very stylish! Could you show us an "after" picture, to see how much you removed?
Kiteman (author)  Patrik6 years ago
It wasn't much, just a couple of millimetres, but it made the difference between the neckerchief fitting through the bone and not fitting.
Hellchild6 years ago
oh so simple,... Neat!!
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