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Shoe Carving Challenge #1: The Journey's Beginning

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Oct. 1/10

Preface: Jordan has asked that we save our shoe carving projects for a grand unveiling when we have completed the challenge and I will do that, however, I want to blog about the experience, from a personal level, to document my journey of self-awareness and personal growth. To do that I need to go back to the beginning…

A week or so ago, Jordan Straker jokingly said something about posting a tutorial, teaching people how to “see” and to carve a shoe. What I have come to know about myself is that I am a great cheerleader. What I lack in hands-on skills I make up in my ability to motivate others to move forward and to fulfill their visions and dreams. (I think Martin also says something about this when he talks about our conversations when I first contacted him with ideas about the site.)

Anyway, I had to jump on Jordan’s statement and try my best to see it come to fruition. What a great opportunity for Jordan, for our members, and for LumberJocks.com! Now, you know the saying, “Be careful what you wish for”, well, Jordan took up the challenge and I, having made a personal pledge of following through with statements I’ve made and to take up opportunities that offer themselves, felt that since I pushed for the challenge I should participate. “Put your money where you mouth is” would be the motivating wisdom.

As I usually do when I find myself going into unfamiliar territories because of something that I have said I would do, I blocked my emotions, trying my best to ignore the fears of giving it a try. “Just jump in and do it” and the fears will take care of themselves. I mean once you are doing something you can’t be afraid of starting, can you, since you have already started!

And so for the past week I have been waiting for that point where I’ve already started so I could let go of the emotional blocking. Underneath that veil of blankness I could still feel the anxieties just dying to be acknowledged. The result of this emotional non-battle battle was that I didn’t choose my shoe until this morning. When I sent the picture to Jordan, as requested, I told him why I had had such a hard time choosing: I have two pairs of running shoes; both are identical. So which one should I choose?? The two identical pairs is the truth. The procrastination was the refusal to engage “fear”.

Step 1: The Template
Today, I have the wood, the shoe, the Dremel bits, and Jordan’s first lessons. And so the journey begins. I’ve now jumped the hurdle of the first “beginning”.

A running joke here in this house is my lack of ability to judge distance (as well as to read a measuring tape in anything less than 1/4 inches. So it was no surprise to me that the vision in my mind of a running shoe “half the size of the original” was way off.

Now, I know that Jordan said to measure, to make sure the copy of the template was indeed 50% but I had to measure twice in order to believe that the 2” distance was now 1” .. and then half the length was indeed 50%. No wonder Prez laughed at me when I was looking at the pieces of basswood at the Wood Show today! I could make two or three pairs with the chunk of wood I picked out. Of course, I did buy a large piece in hopes that I really could carve and I’d have extra wood to make more creations. Really. Really I did! Prez might have a different story to tell.. but I’m sticking with this one.

The Next Step
The next step will be transferring the template to the wood. I’ll do that tomorrow. I’ve overcome enough emotional hurdles for one day. That will be my next “beginning”.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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#1 posted 1392 days ago

great blog Deppie
its good to have som knowledge from both sides :-)
after all you know the other side already (Tuuut – TuuuuT)

have a funny weekend
Dennis

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#2 posted 1392 days ago

thank you Dennis :)
It is going to be an interesting experience.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 1392 days ago

yes and allso from the sideline
beside I don´t have tools to it eyt, I don´t know a soft skandinavien wood
and most handcarving I have seen has been in oak
so I will watch and learn from here and then we have to see what the future brings

Dennis

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#4 posted 1392 days ago

Debbie:

A great start. I also picked up a piece of basswood today. 4” X 6” x 36” I think I could make shoes for the whole team. But I’ll be very happy with just one.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#5 posted 1392 days ago

The courage to do the best that you can do is what it’s all about and all that I ask. Remember, I carved my first bird with a grinding stone – it looked like it! But I thought it was good at the time and each carving afterwards taught me more. But not everybody wants to be a carver so I am happy enough to do it for those who want to and have the extra time to try something new.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#6 posted 1392 days ago

one of my favourite quotes is: “If it is worth doing, it is worth doing wrong”. haha I’m sure mine will be “wrong” but it is definitely worth doing!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

#7 posted 1392 days ago

I just have to pick up on what MsDebbieP said.
She said you would help us “SEE”.
Years ago I taught some classes on drawing with the Right Brain. Perhaps I should have said, drawing on the right brain. I took most of my lessons from a book called just that, “Drawing on the Right Brain” by Dr. Betty Edwards. She gave me explicit permission to use the material.
The point of the lessons was NOT to teach one to draw, but to teach how to SEE the subject.
I recommend the book for anyone who wishes to do anything in a realistic fashion. The Right Brain State is how we see things properly and the Left Brain State is how we make symbols, like stick figures.

I have no connection to Dr. Edwards’ book in any way except that her books have helped me to overcome a problem I have had in “seeing”.

ddwwb

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 1392 days ago

Well Ms.Debbie…

I see.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#9 posted 1392 days ago

we are all so enlightened! :) “I see”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 1391 days ago

I am glad that you decided to jump in and participate. I am also incredibly uncomfortable with trying this project. It is going to be such a great experience and stretch for all of us involved to try this! So exciting! Thank you for this blog that you started and are sharing with us. Knowing someone else is as fearful as I am but is still going ahead with it somehow helps motivate me to try also. I may be humiliated in a BIG way when all is said and done, but I am going to do my best to keep up and keep going. Already you have made it a lot of fun!

You are gonna do great girl! (I’ll be your cheerleader!)

:) Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 1391 days ago

oh thanks Sheila!!!

I already think I took too much off on the toe area .. but it still looks like a shoe, so that’s good :)

in the end it will be “my first attempt”, regardless of what it looks like.

It’s nice to have a peer in the seat beside me in Jordan’s class ;)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#12 posted 1391 days ago

It might be an opened toe shoe.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#13 posted 1391 days ago

...and by the way, I’m pretty proud of the gals in this class – I say GUMPTION!!!!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#14 posted 1391 days ago

:)
I could always cut the top of my running shoe off to match my carved one when it is finished…. and nobody would ever know that I messed up. Oh darn – that’s why the teacher asked for a picture FIRST.. darn.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

#15 posted 1391 days ago

DON: (lurking in the back row, thought bubble over his head) – “Yeah, those girls are just playing up the teacher. I hope he doesn’t come back here and peer over my shoulder. Maybe they’ll keep his attention an’ he’ll forget about me!”

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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