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Maple Burl Boots - inseparable pair!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 06-05-2014 06:48 PM 1511 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A wood turner had a piece of maple burl that he wasn’t able to get made into a bowl, so he passed it on to me. The size of the block was just enough to make two small ‘stylized boots’.
In making the boot blanks , I split the block roughly in two and roughed and refined the boots shown. Finished with a wipe on poly the ‘Burlies’ are the result.
Enjoy!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.





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#1 posted 06-05-2014 09:13 PM

That’s pretty cool. Nice job and thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 06-05-2014 09:14 PM

One mans trash, another mans treasure .
Love the way you have managed to get anything out of this, nice job Roman :)
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 06-05-2014 10:13 PM

I have some boots in the same condition! ;)
Nice work.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#4 posted 06-05-2014 11:04 PM

Very nice work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 06-05-2014 11:19 PM

I absolutely love this.

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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#6 posted 06-06-2014 07:38 AM

Good job on this pair. I like the way you turned the material limitation into a design feature incorporating the natural edge.

-- Dave -

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#7 posted 06-06-2014 10:30 AM

Roman ~ Awesome looking pair of boots! Love the live edge… as it gives a very ‘sculptural’ feel to the piece. Your bandsaw must really get a work out.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#8 posted 06-06-2014 10:46 AM

Ahhhh, very nice

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#9 posted 06-06-2014 11:34 AM

Thank you for your comments!
The challenge I had with these boots was to leave as much natural edge as possible, hoping that the inner character would mesh into a beautiful piece. The natural finish achieved that goal.
The block of wood was cut in two as shown in pictures 2 and 4. If you push the left and right boots closer together, you would have the rough shape of the block. I had a difficult time mentally to make the cut so that the natural beauty was not to seriously violated! That is why I call these boots – “inseparable”!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#10 posted 06-06-2014 12:54 PM

wow, can’t think of anything else to say. very creative and well done.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 06-06-2014 01:56 PM

Awesome woodworking, but man, these look like terribly uncomfortable boots! =)

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#12 posted 06-06-2014 06:21 PM

Very cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 06-08-2014 12:12 PM

They look little used but verry nice.Amaizing carving skill.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 06-11-2014 12:33 AM

That’s amazing

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#15 posted 06-11-2014 02:41 PM

NICE!

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