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The great Lumberjocks shoe challenge #5: Get ready, get set

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Blog entry by Jordan posted 09-29-2010 05:51 PM 1754 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just two days left until the Great Lumberjocks Shoe Challenge 2010 begins. Laura and I have been working and reworking the blogs for understandability and thoroughness.

I’ll let you know now that you all have Martin’s blessing and I appreciate his acknowledgement and positive support for the journey you are all about to embark on. He wanted you to know that he will be selecting 3 random completed shoe artists to receive a Lumberjocks t-shirt. I’m going to hit some of the vendors up at the woodworking show for some additional prizes, as well as the prizes that are transpiring in the Jordan workshop.

I have received images of most of your shoes, which is why the blog series will be based on a typical type shoe/running shoe shape. A boot contains the basic shoe shape with just a little more added on so I think the majority of the blog will apply to the boot carvers. If you have chosen something totally away from the basic shoe shape, my worry is that much of the blog will not pertain to your shoe style. So, I encourage you, for this first attempt at something so new to you, try to be practical, although practicality has never been my own strong point. You may wish to change your mind on your selection upon seeing the first tutorial and at that point it is surely early enough to do so.

The first two blogs are set to appear at 00:01 a.m. October 1st for convenience to our overseas persons. Follow the instructions on each and ask away or simply post with the word DONE. That way I can sort of keep tabs on how everyone is doing. Remember, work at your own pace but with the 4-6 week period in mind and don’t get intimidated as new blogs appear when you’re still working on the first. The deadline may change if you are all ahead of schedule.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m very anal when it comes to my art and I think the blogs will reflect this. But variety is the spice of life and even I will appreciate your own artistic spin on things. To be quite honest, I do not follow all of the steps when I carve a shoe, however, when teaching a variety of people including those who have never picked up a piece of carving wood in their lives, I want to be as thorough as possible. As this is the first time I’ve done something like this, I hope my blogs will be clear and explanatory.

Good luck my enthusiastic students, see you in a few days.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com



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grizzman

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 06:32 PM

oh goodie goodie….well if you can imagine this..this virtual expression…the grizzman ..is all dolled up in his red attire…and setting a very large red apple on the teachers desk….....i shall sashay back to my work bench…and wait for the flag to drop..lol .and wait for the word …GO….......let the dust fly, let your carving eye see…may we all do our best…lets us all be happy….a shoe we will make…with jordan as our guide…may we show our teacher…we do this with pride….......

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

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reggiek

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 06:42 PM

Getting so close I can taste it. Have my rotary fired up…bits and collets in the lazy susan…everything is set out on the workbench next to my vise – including the dust collector…...got a nice piece of basswood ready for the pattern..hmmm…where is the shoe….err..I’m wearing it…ooops…guess I will have to hoist my foot on to the bench for measurements…LOL

I am stressing on whether I will be able to keep up….and I wouldn’t worry too much about your blogs, Jordan…folks will ask questions if they don’t understand – I know I will.

Thanks to Martin for his support…the many other supporters (including the LJ’s that will be following along in spirit) and to the other participants….I’ll bet we will need help from each other for sure.

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

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 06:57 PM

the excitement is mounting.
and, no, I don’t have the shoe selected yet.. and my carving bits haven’t arrived yet.. and I won’t get my piece of wood until Friday…
I’m one of the “non-carving” (non-woodworking, really) participants so perhaps that fact that I haven’t picked out my shoe yet is an indication of some dread and fear :)

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 07:18 PM

Trepidation but excited.

I will have to wear different shoes in the shop as the one I’m doing is the left one of my usual pair (doh!)

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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hairy

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

Thanks, Jordan! And thanks to lumberjocks for archiving this . We are all winners this time.

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 10:27 PM

Ms DebbieP – I am on your schedule! I am still waiting for my bits and wood… However, I did pick a shoe so I made the ‘commitment’. I hope everything arrives in time! Maybe I will hear soon I hope. I got notice the bits shipped from Ottawa yesterday and I should be getting the wook soon!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Aaron McCain

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 10:48 PM

The shoe I picked actually belongs to my teenage son. Since he has now outgrown it, it can sit on my work bench for the next few weeks without the risk of walking off. I’ve picked up my chunk of basswood and still need to evaluate the dremel bits that I own and the ones that I may need to pick up, but I have a Home Depot gift card to help with that as the project moves along. I’m looking forward to the tutorials.

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 11:16 PM

Good for you scrollgirl…

I think I made my commitment way back when I “coerced” Jordan into following through with his idea about a shoe carving tutorial ... kinda hard to back out now.

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

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 09-29-2010 11:23 PM

I just got my mail.. guess what arrived? Yup.. got my bits.

Bits .. check
wood … not yet
shoe—- not yet… :)

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

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 09-30-2010 12:10 AM

One down. Two to go.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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TJ65

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#11 posted 09-30-2010 10:37 AM

So looking forward to this….
let the count down begin and the muscles and tools warming up.

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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lumberdustjohn

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#12 posted 09-30-2010 03:38 PM

I won’t be able to join in on this fun.
It’s too busy for me this time of year.
So much to do and so little time…
Who ever started me on this Bow Hunting….Should have warned me. Christmas is almost here.
Rabbit cages, mirrors, drawer chest, toy boxes, Dinning room table, rolling pins, cutting boards…And play volleyball two nights a week…..

I will enjoy watching everyone elses fruits of labor.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 09-30-2010 04:05 PM

Jordan is that 00:01 am your time or GMT? If its yours how far behind, in hours, are you?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Jordan

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#14 posted 09-30-2010 05:43 PM

Martyn, that would be Eastern Daylight time which I believe is GMT – 4? So for everyone who doesn’t know tie zones, just wait for 1 minute after some hour on Friday, LOL!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#15 posted 09-30-2010 05:51 PM

Shoe – Check!
Wood – BIG CHECK!! (Thank you Jordan – I got it!!)
Bits – Due today or tomorrow . . . . . .

Ladies and Gentlemen – Start your Dremels!!!!!

Sheila :D

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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