THE SLEEPING BEAR - laminated basswood

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 11-23-2014 05:38 PM 1141 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Went into my friend’s dumpster and pulled out a cut-off measuring 5 inches x 10 inches x 10 inches. This piece was thrown out because of some heavy knot holes at one end of the piece. Here was a challenge for my boot making skills!
With enough wood to make a high-cut work boot, the basswood was roughed out, refined, revealed and textured using a pyrography tool. The knot holes were spared and incorporated into the boot’s character, namely left side heel and right side ankle area. The boot was sanded and sealed, then a pyrography tool was used to stipple the surface for contrast. Stained with gunstock orange first. followed by a Lifetone brown, the boot took on a leathery appearance of sorts.
When the first sanding was done before any texturing or staining, a pleasant surprise occurred – The Sleeping Bear appeared!
Say hello to the bear!

PS I apologise for the last two photos. They are a bit fuzzy!

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

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#1 posted 11-23-2014 06:19 PM

The “bear” really shows up well in the boot….you have a good eye. Love all your creations and this one is top notch as well. Very fine artistry, carving, shaping, etc, etc, etc. Your talent is God-given for sure.

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

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#2 posted 11-23-2014 11:53 PM

Very nice Roman…You made a masterpiece out of a dumpster salvage.

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 03:14 PM

Really really cool!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#4 posted 11-25-2014 02:46 AM

Looks cool.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 12-03-2014 01:16 AM

That is just cool cool cool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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