BLOCK to BOOT! - pictures showing evolution of 'Roman style boot'

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 04-19-2015 10:27 PM 1366 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some quick instructions on how to carve a ‘Roman style’ boot.
Picture 1. Take block of wood and bandsaw cut a rough shape of a boot. This is your first step in creating a unique style and shape, incorporating characteristics of the wood.
Picture 2. Bandsaw cut boot block into three pieces – sole piece, toe cap/tongue piece and vamp. This allows for some creative carving both on inner and outer surface of fledgling boot.
Picture 3 Commence rounding and shaping of outer surface following your own design and pencil lines.
Picture 4. Slowly but surely the boot shape takes on form.
Picture 5. After shape and style established, sand, sand, sand. commence finishing and sealing. Check for fit, glue pieces together and block becomes a boot!
Picture 6. View and enjoy! Get ready for your next boot!
More detailed instructions can be followed in my book, POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES from Schiffer Publishing.
Google this title and you will find where this book is being sold.

Let’s get these boots carved! A challenge to all LJers!!!

These boots were made for ‘talkin’!

Wood used – maple burl.

Roman, the bootman!

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

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#1 posted 04-19-2015 10:35 PM

Very very nice Roman… your work is always a pleasure to see and appreciate.

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 12:11 AM

Roman, you are thee boot king.

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

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#3 posted 04-20-2015 01:21 AM

I get such a kick out of your work Roman! :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 04-20-2015 01:41 AM

Great to see a boot in the making Roman, you have certainly developed your signature style with all of us.’
Appreciate the photos but I think I get into enough trouble with the lathe so I’ll leave the trick dickey stuff to you my friend.
Well done indeed

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

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#5 posted 04-20-2015 09:37 AM

Thanks for the pics… may have inspired me to give this a try. Now…..........where is that “shoe” block hiding in my wood pile?

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

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#6 posted 04-20-2015 04:19 PM

So thats how you do it ! must say you must have great vision and skill to look at a timber log and know where your going with it. Very creative work Roman well done..

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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