Good morning class and welcome to the Great Lumberjocks Shoe Challenge 2010!
When I teach, I abide by the philosophy that nobody knows nothin’ about nothin’. That way I am thorough. However, if you have the knowledge or experience, feel free to cut corners as you wish.
Let’s get started!
Just to make it difficult, I would like to include all of the aspects of a proper shoe carving, including the laces, so please tie a bow on your shoe and lightly tape it to the sides so there are no thin pieces jutting up or away from the shoe. Also, if the tongue drops into the shoe, stuff it with paper to retain it’s shape while handling.
1. Place your shoe on a piece of paper ( or a ream if you’re Grizzman.) Using a square, line up the front and back of the longest sections.
2.Draw around your shoe at the widest points.
Remember, there are areas that are wider than the sole, do not overlook these. Some shoe bodies extend well beyond the sole in various areas, use your ‘powers of observation’ to determine these. Mine extends only above the arch area.
You will end up with something like this:
3. Now draw specifically around the sole only so that you will see a definite difference between the size of the sole and the size of the shoe body.
Do not tip your shoe to draw around the toe because the bend in the shoe will lengthen your overall measurement. We will deal with the bend later.
4.Draw an approx 1/8” outline around your entire shape. This will decrease once we reduce your picture but will give you some extra boo-boo wood. Personally, I find it easier to free hand draw by using dashes but that’s up to you.
5. On the arch side of your shoe image, draw a solid line connecting the ball of the shoe to the heel – this line will be the edge of your wood block. – then 2” in, draw a second solid line – this will be a register line. (NOT a centre line.) – lastly, draw a third solid line on the widest part of the shoe image, parallel with the first line you drew.
The outside lines will be the width of your wood block guides.
6.You now have enough of a shape to manipulate with your computer, scanner, photocopier or freehand if you choose.
Reduce this image 50% using the outside lines as your measuring guide to see if you are accurate – ie. 4.50” =2.25”
You will now have an accurate overall template image.
7. Extend your lines to square it all and the inside of these lines will be the length and width of your wood block. Mine is 6” x 2.5”
8. You do not have to go through the whole process to determine the height of your image. Simply measure the highest point, divide by 2 and add about 1/16” for boo-boo wood.
My basswood block is now ready to be cut to 6”(L) x 2.5”(W) x 2.375”(H). (But don’t cut it yet!)
Note: I use the end grain pointed at the heel and toe, not side to side.