The great Lumberjocks shoe challenge #14: The hole and the sole - we're almost there!

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Blog entry by Jordan posted 10-15-2010 06:22 AM 3236 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Tying up loose ends - the ...ugh...laces Part 14 of The great Lumberjocks shoe challenge series Part 15: Reminder to challengees »

Well well, 10 actual instructional blogs and 85 pictures later and you have reached the end of the major carving of your shoe! Well done!!!!!
The final blog will be tips on texturing and painting/staining.

The hole
Although this is not hard, it can be tedious, especially at the heel and towards the tongue where you’re at the end grains.

1. Before I start, I remeasure my sides and top inside and out just to make sure I remove all of my boo-boo wood.

2. You can make it easy on yourself if you have a drill press or some wood coring bits to start yourself off – but don’t drill too deep. Then I use my rough cylinder or round bit to start digging. Be very careful, neither of these bits like to get stuck in a hole so grind the edges of the drilled holes first, not the insides of them. If you have neither of these hole drilling tools, it will take you just a bit longer to dig but not much.

3. Remember, the inside of the shoe follows the contours of the outside, which means that the heel is wider at the bottom than the top. I do most of my straight sides with the cylinder and the deep part of the heel pouch and under the tongue with the ball.
When I reach the bottom, I use the flat end of my cylinder to smooth the base of the foot area. Later you can add a few holes to make it look like you have a textured insole or foot pad.
My shoe has a lot of padding but I don’t like to leave it as thick in those spots but you may use your own discretion as to the detail you’d like to put on the edge of the opening.

Your shoe should really look like a shoe now!

The sole
4. I do not expect you to carve the treads of the sole. I don’t. Why? Because I may be a perfectionist but I am not a lunatic!
Actually, most of my little shoes are either used as door knockers or put on a base so rarely do I have reason to do a finished sole.
However, I do draw it on just so I know where to carve the view of the treads that you’ll see from the side.

5. My shoe is now completely shaped. I will spend another hour or so straightening and crisping up my detail lines, sanding the fluffy areas with 150 grit sandpaper and deciding where I want to texture and stitch. I can’t believe we’ve made it!!! Give yourselves a pat on the back for not giving up!


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#1 posted 10-15-2010 11:34 AM

so close and yet so far … still hung up on the laces … but I can see that light at the end of the tunnel. Sure helps.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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1565 posts in 3193 days

#2 posted 10-15-2010 01:54 PM

Jordan your blogs are very enjoyable to follow. I can’t wait to see postings of the shoes of your LJ students.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 02:30 PM

Looks like your having fun, Jordan! Great looking Blog.

-- Dennis Zongker

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