The great shoe challenge-Thanks Jordan

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Blog entry by TJ65 posted 11-12-2010 09:22 PM 1875 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really would like to say the biggest THANKYOU to Jordan who must have went through a lot do post this shoe challenge online for us to learn sooooooo very much from. From all the great photos (except maybe the last one because his camera had had enough!), his description of what to do and how to go about it to his jovial pleasant manner. It is my only regret that I just cant give him a great big hug, so this will have to suffice!
He is a great teacher to actually get all of us to complete a carving from an actual shoe ONLINE. AND to have them all turn out just wonderful.
Personally, this little exercise was pretty intense for me. But the end result was one of pure joy. And now since I have learnt so much along the way, not only how to carve a boot but also about myself. I will endeavour to continue to carve and try new things which I might have thought way to hard. But I know now, that if I try, I just might succeed!!!

I was waiting- very impatiently mind you, to see all the other shoes that had been carved in the class. My first reaction was WOW, look at all these great shoes and I couldn’t wait to open the page and check them all out. They are all carved from different hands, but all with the same signature,- Jordan. I really wish we had done it in a class room situation now, so then I can go and touch and feel and look and ask about all these wonderful looking shoes.

- Did you know that I successfully carved a boot??? :-)

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 09:30 PM

All the participants and teacher have great reason to be proud of their accomplishment(s) I, for one, am very glad I got to witness the occasion. Kudos to all of you! I will anxiously watch for next carvings from all of you and I expect that they will all be of “Jordan’s” quality! Congratulations to all!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 11-13-2010 12:02 AM

yes tj …Jordan is a wonderful teacher…he has great patience and the ability to teach on line is a wonderful talent…you all did a masterful job and it why i love lumber jocks…seeing the talent come out of all of you good people…if all of these could be put in one closet now..i would have a great collection of shoes….we thank you Jordan for all of your time and your willingness to do this project for all of these jocks….i would give ya a hug too…but id have to wear my red dress for the occasion…and its in the cleaners now…so a hand shake will have to do…lol…...grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 11-13-2010 12:06 AM

Thank you Theresa and the rest of you for all of the kind things you have said. Theresa, my joy is seeing your excitement about your achievement. I feel the same about my painting these days and wonder why I procrastinated for so long. They say a push is as good as a shove and you’d better back up your excitement with some more carvings!!!!
Everyone worked so hard and I have amusing stories about my journey with the gang – poor Hairy was so caught up in perfection that I thought he might just end up with a closet full! Bill scared me when he said he was making skates – Oh no, how will I teach that, I asked myself, but he came through. I’m amazed at the running shoes as they are more perfect than mine!!!! I’m surprised to see how you really watched and listened to what I said even through cyber instruction and smiled when I saw the different textures etc. Some of the laces wowed me as they aren’t easy.
While many of you have mentioned the loss of shine on Aaron’s shoe, that’s something I really didn’t notice as the shoe itself was so impressive. I’m not much for shiny things so I reckoned he might not be either.
Thank you again, it really wasn’t as big a deal as you are making it out to be, I thoroughly enjoyed it and getting to meet my class on a different level.


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#4 posted 11-13-2010 01:16 AM

was TOO this big of a deal
impressive that you offered to do this
impressive all the work you put into it
and impressive that with your help we have been able to carve SHOES!! (and boots and skates).

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 11-13-2010 04:16 AM

I could send you another dress Grizzman, maybe say a blue one, it might go better with your eyes! I think the red one might have seen enough action!
Yea, some of those laces look great and even had the pattern that you showed us how to do but sadly I kept carving and ended up being too narrow and I thought if I do anymore, there just wont be any thing left to show!
So Jordan, If you actually loved doing the shoe tutorial – what’s up next???? :-)

Thanks also must go to everyone else for just being a Lumberjock!
This place rocks! I dont think I would have looked at doing a carving course at a proper school. It all takes up valuable time and money. This community is just so great that it caters for every type of woodworking skill and interest. Initially when I first joined LJ’s I didn’t think it was my sort of place, the project page was full of carpentry etc, but I hung around till I found the stuff that I was interested in. I am sure glad that I did. I am looking forward in celebrating my first anniversary here soon.

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 11-13-2010 06:39 AM


We all enjoyed the class, but we especially enjoyed seeing what those of you who completed the course accomplished. Jordan is not only an outstanding carver, he’s a splendid teacher as well.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 11-14-2010 08:13 AM

When can WE expect our Next class on light releaf carving ? (Grin from ear to ear )... GREAT Job Jordan and CONGRATULATIONS to all the Shoe Carvers, you folks turned out some awesome masterpieces

-- ~~ Remember You can't saw... What you can't see ~~

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