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.