The great Lumberjocks shoe challenge #3: The Curriculum

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Blog entry by Jordan posted 09-25-2010 05:34 PM 2015 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I’ve never taught by correspondence before, I’m having to figure out guidelines as how best to do this to suit everyone involved. With 5 different countries and many different time zones (ain’t that amazing in itself?!) questions and such could get quite overwhelming if this isn’t systematic. So I thought it would be most appropriate to break down all of the sections into separate blogs, even if that section only requires a short time to complete.

Therefore, 1, 2 or 3 blogs could surface at once but they would be properly titled for easy reference on that section. Please ask your questions on the appropriate blog so that others who have the same question or wish to discuss that area could be seen by all.

I’m having to start my shoe ahead of time so as the course starts, I’ll have my laptop and will be available most hours to answer your questions. With my show booth finished and no major carvings started, my time is more free just painting and getting ready for my shows.

Although I have suggested the tools needed to get the job done, you are not limited to those. If you have other bits, don’t be afraid to try them. This is supposed to help you further your abilities.

Anyways, if I think of something else, I’ll add it to this. Just remember, this is supposed to be fun and entertaining in Lumberjocks style. Don’t get overwhelmed, don’t drop out and try to remind yourself as I do at 4 a.m., Rome wasn’t built in a day!

But NOTHING is impossible!


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#1 posted 09-25-2010 05:59 PM

Thanks Jordan. Knowing how important your time is, I just wanted to emphasize again how grateful I am for your participation in this….I’ve been trying to teach myself from books and videos and though they can do the job over time…you can’t ask them questions or get their input and suggestions on what you have learned to date.

I also wanted to thank you for letting us down easy…ROFL…I have to tell myself the same thing (Rome) when I look at my, so far, feeble attempts. Not being an artist, or having natural talent in that regards, has made it difficult, even frustrating to learn woodcarving. I have put it aside several times but always seem to pick it up again in hopes that I will get through the ackward learners curve.

Love those shoes…reminds me of the bronzed baby shoes that were the rage years ago.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

#2 posted 09-25-2010 06:04 PM

I hope butternut will do, it’s what I have on hand.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#3 posted 09-25-2010 06:12 PM

now aint them little shoes cute…when jordan was little he was in style…lol…cant wait to get ordered bits will be here tuesday…will the start of this class be like the indy 500…carvers reeving…rpms maxed out…saw dust flying…......the flag is dropped..and there off…….

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

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#4 posted 09-25-2010 06:13 PM

Jordan will we be sharing progress pics along the way of our shoe carvings, or wait until the end to show them as a whole?
I believe I have the wood now I need to figure out which shoe and how I want it to look.
There are so many different ideas that pop into my head, as far as position of shoe and if I want to carve round strings or flat strings. If it should be pleather(plastic/leather) look or the real leather look.
I guess I shouldnt over think this but I try to look at every aspect of the project before I begin.
Good luck to all that challenge themselves with this project.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#5 posted 09-25-2010 06:31 PM

I’m chuckling at the rules and wonder how successful you will be at keeping the questions attached to the right sessions… :)

Is that how big we are going to be carving?
I’ll be going to the wood show on Friday to purchase my block of wood.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 06:44 PM

No Deb, it is suggested you carve 1/2 the size of your shoe but I will discuss that at the beginning. Believe it or not, the smaller, the harder!

Reggie, this is going to be fun for me too, to see how everyone takes to carving. I love stuff like this – it’s just hard to find so many kooks like me to participate. In the meantime, I’ll be preparing the prizes!!!

Don, butternut is, I assume, a great carving wood too, I’ve just never used it. I hear it sands easier.

Jim, it’s just my opinion but I think it would be more fun for the rest of the LJ’s to see all of our creations for the first time at once. As I roughly know who is in, I think near the end, we can sign in as to our stage of completion and get ready to take over the LJ’s airways on one “really big shoe” day!

Grizzman…start your engines!


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#7 posted 09-25-2010 07:20 PM

I wondered at the size .. figuring that smaller was indeed more difficult.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 08:47 PM

Those shoes are adorable! I think my cat may be able to fit them. Now I’ll have to carve him a set of stilletto army boots to match the pair he has worn out when he walks over me at night.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 09-25-2010 10:26 PM

Are you saying you might be interested in the challenge? Hmmmm?


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#10 posted 09-26-2010 01:48 AM

Heck! I think I’ve got it made if I can get my shoe to somehow look like a shoe :-)

I think the challenge is on you Jordan. I am no artist much less a carver. I admire your courage and determination to take this on.


-- "Real jocks do it on a bench"

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#11 posted 09-26-2010 03:56 AM

Great shoes Jordan
And this you put on the end ”Don’t get overwhelmed, don’t drop out and try to remind yourself as I do at 4 a.m., Rome wasn’t built in a day! Thanx Teach!!!!!! very applicable!

-- Theresa,

#12 posted 09-29-2010 08:54 PM

Here’s the piece of butternut I have for the project.
It’s been stored in my tool shed for about three years. I just cut this off the small log I had.


The hammer is included for scale.


-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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#13 posted 09-29-2010 09:19 PM

well don i was getting excited for a minute…i was thinking you were doing a candy bar…lol well i guess that shows where my mind was…im going to use sassafras myself…might do a glue up of t types..just for some pizazz…

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

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#14 posted 10-02-2010 06:00 AM

I have not been here that much lately and I have never carved a thing in my life, but I am intrigued by all this. I’d perhaps like to give it a shot but do not even know the wood that should be used, the size etc. Is there somewhere I can find this information?

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#15 posted 10-02-2010 08:26 AM

Hi Allison, the wood is called basswood – it’s basically a tight grained softwood – should be available at most hardwood specialty stores or from local carving clubs or supply places. To see the size you will need, check out the blog on creating a template – not more than 6”x3”x3” for the average running shoe as we are only working with 50% scale.


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