Don and Chris Boules’ Toy Marble slides.

While visiting the Boules in preparing to write the article, I noticed impressive marble slides awaiting final assembly and a touch of a finish. I asked them to tell me more about them. It turns out that a family friend received, as a child, a marble slide built by his father. Now this person has a few grandchildren of his own and has decided to give each one of them a handmade slide that varies only in the type of wood. The Boules were chosen (obviously) to execute this great commission. 

In the following pictures you can see the original slide (on the left).  Although basic looking, it is full with character and rustic charm. You also can see the different slides that the Boules had built and how they work. This is a fun project that will make a great family heirloom and a nice looking piece that people of all ages can enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.