The great Lumberjocks shoe challenge #18: Shoe Challengers Unveiled!

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Blog entry by Jordan posted 11-12-2010 07:29 AM 6199 reads 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello fellow Lumberjocks.
Over the course of the next few hours, I will be posting the finished footwear of the survivors of The Great Lumberjocks Shoe Challenge 2010 to the projects page.
Although there were 22 people who decided to take the challenge, for various reasons only 7 were left standing. However, it was so worthwhile as I saw talent emerge from those who thought they had none, and some who decided that carving would be a great asset to their present wood working skills. I felt the pride of these folks and saw the risks that some of them took to be different.
Thank you for following along and presenting us with over 10,000 reads. Anyone wishing to complete this challenge at a later date can tag their project with shoe challenge.
Although I will be posting the entries, I will post them individually under names of those who completed the works so that they may receive their own comments.
To the challengers, you can all look forward to your little prize designed especially for this challenge.
Congratulations to all.


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#1 posted 11-12-2010 07:42 AM

Love your shoe, very cute! I’m looking forward the rest of them.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 07:50 AM

Can’t wait to see all the shoes,just like christmas morning.Like your new avatar.

-- Bill in Mich

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 09:22 AM

You are really a great teacher even without personal contact …. just by distance learning you deserve the best reward and gratitude from those who participated and those who read. I am one of the avid follower and I know that you will remain in my reference books (actually I printed out the tutorial series. for my personal use only and please allow me on this.) I have already viewed the 7 shoes and quite amazing how your skill been transfered to them. Great contribution to us all. Keep up the good work and thank you for what you have shared with us.
God bless

-- Bert

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 09:57 AM

All the shoes you posted today turned out great. You are a excellent teacher as well as a carver!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 12:08 PM

Thank you Jordan for all of your hard work, putting this together and for your support and wisdom.

This has been quite the journey – one that I would not have taken without your Shoe Carving Class.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 01:43 PM

Jordan: Thank you so much for the wonderful series and inspiration. Even though I didn’t finish my shoe, I know I will do so soon and having your blog here and guidance to help me, as well as seeing the others’ projects will be quite an inspiration.

You have given so much of your time and knowledge into this project in order to share your incredible talent and help us to find our own abilities lurking inside. Not only are you a wonderful artist, but I also consider you a friend. In seeing the results from your teachings, I know I am not alone in my thinking.

Thanks again for an incredible and inspirational blog!

Sheila :D

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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David Craig

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 02:28 PM

I came on here to see some shoe carvings. I think you all are pulling my leg and just posting the shoes on your feet. :)

Great job all of you. To say that I am impressed would be a major understatement.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 11-12-2010 03:32 PM

This is really nice work – and fun too. I’m impressed

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#9 posted 11-12-2010 04:07 PM

This blog has to been so interesting! Thank you Jordan for all the time you put into it. Not only did the participants learn, so did the rest of us.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 11-12-2010 04:09 PM

Jordan your teaching skills are first rate…all that finished the challenge did a great job. I hope to try this soon.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#11 posted 11-12-2010 04:12 PM

Jordon: Thanks for the tutorial I was one who never got started, Bought the wood but the timning didn’t workout. I’m sure that everyone had a great time.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 11-12-2010 04:18 PM

I got my shoe about half done before time got the better of me. I am still hoping to finish it someday. Maybe over the holiday season when I have a few days off of work.
They all look great, thanks for such a great lesson. You are a great teacher.

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#13 posted 11-12-2010 05:49 PM

Thank you for doing this! It has got me to doing more with my dremmel and putting more detail into my intarsia. You are such a talented person in more ways than one.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#14 posted 11-12-2010 06:56 PM

Hi Jordan. Sorry I dropped out. Problems at my end. The blogs were perfect and I’m glad to see the results, posted today. Some real talent there. Thank you for providing the challenge.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 11-12-2010 06:56 PM

Jordan, thank you for the great tutorial and all your help and patience. The results are magnificient….All the posted shoes here show how much we all learned with your help. It was a lot of fun…and became very relaxing….I’ll definitely keep on practicing just for the sheer enjoyment. You have made something I found very difficult and frustrating into something that can be fun and challenging. You are indeed a very fine teacher.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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