1957 Area 3C Pow Wow

Posted in Area 3-C,Section Conclave Patches by Dave Scocca on October 30th, 2008 at 8:00 am
1957 Area 3C Slide

1957 Area 3C Slide

The lodges of Area 3C met in 1957 at Camp Powhatan in the Blue Ridge Scout Reservation in Pulaski County, Virginia.   The host lodge was Powhatan Lodge #456; this was both the first meeting hosted by the lodge and the first at Camp Powhatan.

A hand-carved painted wood neckerchief slide was issued for the event; the slide has the profile of an Indian and has the area, “WWW”, and the year lightly stamped on the feathers of the headdress.

The slides were made by Ed Choby of Pittsburgh; his stamp appears on the bottom of the slide.

1957 3C Slide (reverse)

1957 3C Slide (reverse)

As might be expected because of the hand-made nature of the slide, this is among the scarcest of the Area 3C meeting items.

1957 also saw the publication of the Area 3C Manual of Lodges; this booklet provides the history of the area and of the participating lodges.

Many thanks to Glenn Chase for these images and for maintaining the online copy of the manual.

1957 3C Slide (bottom)

1957 3C Slide (bottom)

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5 Responses to “1957 Area 3C Pow Wow”

  1. Bob McGinnis Says:

    I have an Ed Choby Indian Chief in the round neckerchief slide that was given me in about 1953-54.
    Is Ed still alive? Who collects his carvings?

  2. Ron Ozeki-Helena(Birmingham-Al) Says:

    I grew up in Chicago in the 50′s and as a scout ordered slide blanks from Ed. As a leader, I ordered blanks for teaching woodcarving. I last ordered in the late 70′s and early 80′s. Is he still alive?? I have several slides by Ed that he used to send free to his customers. RonO

  3. Dave Scocca Says:

    I was speaking at the Baltimore TOR this past May to a collector who specialized in slides, particularly those by Ed Choby. I’m pretty sure from the context of that conversation that Ed has passed away, but I’m not sure how long ago that was. He’s mentioned on a web page by Bob Reitmeyer (“Whittler Bob”), and one of his slides is illustrated there.

    http://www.whittlerbob.com/gallery/default.htm

  4. Bob Reitmeyer, aka Whittlerbob Says:

    I grew up in the same community as Ed Choby in the 40′s & 50′s. Was friends with his oldest son, Ed jr. In 1979 my son and I joined Cub Scouts and I went back to ed’s home to learn again how to carve. I lived only a few miles away and had a lot of free time since I was a corporate & PANG (Army helicopter) pilot. Loved it as a hobby and a few years later a gentleman called Ed to see if he still mass produced the slide blanks. He stopped mass production in 1970 but suggested me, and I started in 1984. Ed passed away in 1988 of basically old age and heart failure. I stay in touch with his daughter who lives in the same boro as I do. Personally I do not collect his slides and have passed a few of what I had back to his daughter.

    I can still carve a Indian profile face in about 15 cuts as he did.

    Bob Reitmeyer

  5. Bruce Shelley Says:

    I bought some slides from Ed in the early 1960s and when I got back into collecting I picked up a few more here and there. I continue to add to my collection via eBay and TORs. I have one of his catalogs and copies of at least one other. He had well over 100 designs. I don’t always know if a slide I have was carved by him or by someone else using his blanks and instructions. I have photos of me as a Scout wearing his slides. I know there are many great carvers but my connection to him makes his stand out for me. I have seen that 1957 3C slide sell for around $700, I believe, by the way. Can’t be many slides that have reached that valuation. Bruce Shelley

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