Well, this weekend is when I have to ‘carve’ the turkey for Canadian Thanksgiving, but I didn’t want to abandon you with nothing to work on.
So for this blog and periodically, I will be posting pictures and tips of how to trim your shoe a little finer prior to carving our laces. I will also be adding some details on my shoe.
My rule of thumb is never undercut anything until your carving is to it’s proper proportions and the laces need some undercutting.
I’m really going to try the new image upload feature, this will save me a heck of a lot of time and confusion.
1. Prior to finer detailing of my shoe body, I wanted you to pay particular attention to the area dotted with red.
This shape is usually overlooked and made the same height as the inside area. It should not be. The top part of the shape above the black line is what I consider the rise, it should angle upwards and outwards.
The area below is what I call the run, it should be almost as flat as the toe but angle slightly downwards towards the edge. Remember what I said about your little toes being lower than your instep which follows the big toe bone.
I wanted to mention this here as I mentioned it to a specific person who emailed me.
If you are doing a boot, don’t concentrate on the leg part until you make the bottom part – which is just below the ankle bone, look like a shoe. They are the same concept as a shoe, just extended past the shoe area and up your leg.
2. The various details around my shoe body are great focal points to remeasure and refine. As I draw a few of the decorative details of my shoe, I see that my toe needs to be angled a bit more and my laces are too close to the toe so I must trim them back. Am I going to do the side designs exactly? No, this isn’t something I want to send to the Ascics company so I’m going to either make them up or follow them to a certain extent.
3. I’m now going to start using a finer sanding sleeve on my sanding mandrel as well as my cylinder diamond bit for any outlining of design work.
What I did here was use the square edge of the tip of my diamond cylinder and make a V-groove around my detail design. On the inside of the design, I rounded it to the bottom of the V to make it nicely lower than the design leather. Power bits are nice but later I will use good old sandpaper to smooth it.
I also grooved in a bit of a dip to show where my foot bends at the toe and carried it to the sides of the shoe.
One thing about adding details is that it gives me another insight to the shape of my shoe. When I carved one of the designs, i realized that my shoe was too thick in that area so I trimmed it at the same time. Sometimes it helps you to reexamine the entire shoe. For you boots people, I’d like you to use the time to make some folds in your boot upper. I don’t want to see any brand new, foldless boots!
I’m going to give you the next couple of days to refine your shoe body and I’ll be back on Monday with the laces…ugh!
Use sandpaper to take the unsightly edges or fluffs from your carving…did I just say carving – look you guys, you actually have carved something !!!!! We’re more than half way through your first shoe carving or carving period! Congratulations!