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The great Lumberjocks shoe challenge #9: Heel only

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Blog entry by Jordan posted 10-04-2010 08:26 PM 2610 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my opinion, the heel section is about the hardest thing to do AND teach. What I’m hoping you’ll grasp is that without shaping the achilles area, your shoe would surely fall off. And you do not want to leave the back of your heel flat either. Follow these steps to the best of your ability. Remember, at this point we are only concerned with shape, not detail.

1. Draw a line at the highest point at the back of your shoe/boot as well as a center line down the middle.

2. All footwear has it’s own contour at the heel. Lay a square against your original to see what you’re up against here.

3. Draw a line from where you stopped your sole to the top.
Now, draw a second line 50% of the distance from your real sole top to where your achilles area angles to.

5. Now as best as you can, draw a line to connect the angle between those two lines.

6. Grind the top of the achilles area to the top of the heel line – this is your heel height.

7. Then grind the back of the wood to your angle line – in the case of boots etc, this may take a bit of drawing as the angle may be ripply or may go in and then out again. The top of your achilles area may even extend beyond your sole, use your powers of observation! Don’t round the sides of the heel area just yet.

8. Erase the sole part of the template off the top of the shoe so it doesn’t confuse you. Then eyeball a centre line that you wish to work with down the entire length of the top of the wood. You will see that one side of the toe area is wider than the arch side – that’s good!

9.All shoes define some type of heel pouch area. They generally start just behind the arch. Find yours and measure the best you can to rough draw it on both sides. Draw a line between them.

Note. that section does not generally go right to the top of your heel tabs.

10. Now refer to the shape of the back of your shoe body and freehand the contours. At this point your drawings will not be perfect and they don’t have to be. Just leave more boo-boo wood than less and you can always trim it once you see the general shape.

11. Measure the distance between the OUTSIDE of the hole of your shoe at the pouch lines you drew on the side, as well as a line that connects those pouch lines – they may not be parallel.

12. At strategic points, put your dashes on your wood and connect them to show what the OUTSIDE of the foot insert hole looks like – you already know where to draw to as you drew it on the back in the previous instruction.

13. Now you have marked all of the areas you want to trim to see how this shoe is shaping up. I am going to try taking a Nano video today of me carving this area if you wish to wait. I will also add photos for those who can’t get video…if the video turns out at all – I’ve never done that yet. If you cannot see the video, refresh your page.

Success! However, it was hard for Laura to get close enough without getting a lens full of sawdust – and I do not usually hold the tool like that, more like a pencil, but in order to tilt it her way, I had to do the potato peeling style – I know when to stop before it peels my thumb! Nevertheless, you see how I am always turning the shoe and rounding bit by bit to my drawn lines.

I hope you are able to see that my shoe back not only rounds but tapers as well. Later you will taper and fine sand even more but for now our shoe is shaped at the heel.

End of blog.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com



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#1 posted 10-04-2010 09:44 PM

i’m getting nervous again!! :)
hahah
one step at a time.. one step at a time.
Actually, if I rename the “nervousness” – it is excitement! I can’t wait to tackle this next step.

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

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#2 posted 10-04-2010 09:48 PM

I am nervous everytime I sit down to paint. Especially around the eyes and sometimes I pace around it for hours. It’s such a relief to carve and do something I know how to do, but I think there must’ve been a time when I was afraid to make that first cut too. Actually, I remember I used to do my caricature heads separately and glue them onto the body because I was afraid of wrecking them.

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#3 posted 10-04-2010 09:51 PM

good to be in such great company! :)

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

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#4 posted 10-05-2010 03:19 AM

OK! Now we are going to get rolling! I picked up my bits tonight so now I can start making sawdust!!!!

(Yikes! yikes! and did I say YIKES!) I looked at the pictures of your sole Jordan and yours looks like the sole of a shoe already!. If I get that far and it still looks like a shoe at all I will be thrilled. (Thank god I didn’t choose stilettos!)

I am looking forward to giving it my best! Onward we go . . . .

Sheila

-- 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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#5 posted 10-05-2010 03:38 AM

I’m glad you didn’t do stilettos too – I did one once and it was really hard to get that heel just right. Have fun.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#6 posted 10-05-2010 04:23 AM

look out wood—Sheila is ready to make dust!

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

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#7 posted 10-05-2010 11:56 AM

(Raising my hand politely)

I do have a serious question Jordan, now that I am getting ready to really get going. Did I read right that you use the Dremel at FULL speed? I have the Dremel 4000 model and with the flex shaft and when I use it for segmentation stuff, I keep the dial at 2-3, which is closer to slow than fast. Wouldn’t that burn the wood easily with it going that fast? Just wondering?

Sheila

-- 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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#8 posted 10-05-2010 05:25 PM

Sheila, the speed is to take wood off and quickly! I think when you are working on an area, it wouldn’t hurt to try the various speeds – Because you won’t be working in a real detailed area, nothing can hurt at this point.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#9 posted 10-05-2010 05:27 PM

OK Jordan. If you say so! You are ‘da boss man’!

Sheila

(In Jordan We Trust!) :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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#10 posted 10-06-2010 05:21 AM

With that video jordan, you make it look soooooo easy.
Ok my turn …off to the shed I go>>> tra la la la.

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

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#11 posted 10-06-2010 05:28 AM

Jordan,
This is a most enjoyable blog. My woodworking commitments are too deep now for me to add a carving project, but I am really enjoying the opportunity to audit your class! I even have the perfect shoe for me to carve – just not now…
Steve

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 10-06-2010 05:55 AM

Theresa, are you feeling less apprehensive now?

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#13 posted 10-06-2010 07:41 AM

That is a great video Jordan thank you! You are considerably more agressive with your cuts than I, but I am still getting a feel for how much each pass will really take off.

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#14 posted 10-06-2010 07:44 AM

And that is good Aaron – by the time you’re finished, you will have the feel – but as you noticed, it’s hard to hold a little thing and carve the same all the time.

I’m glad you’re enjoying it Steve, it’s actually kinda fun for me too – it would’ve been great to have an in person workshop.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#15 posted 10-06-2010 10:21 AM

Yea I am feeling better about it NOW!
As I took the shoe and tools to sit outside today to enjoy the glorious spring weather we are having at the moment and well… I actually did quite well I thought. However I did notice that the angle wasn’t quite right from the bottom of the heel to the top of the boot, but as it was nearing the end of the day decided to leave it for when I was feeling a little more refreshed to tackle the correction. I think it will be ok tho.

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

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