Spalted Birch - High Cut Boot!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 07-25-2015 02:59 AM 847 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this piece of birch in my stash of carving wood and a year ago decided to cut a blank for a high cut boot. The dimensions were such that the boot was taller than long, hence a shortened toe-cap. I also wanted to try making some waves and wrinkles to the vamp. Because I was able to carve the interior of the boot I began to make waves when all of a sudden my carving burr jammed and all I could see was bits and pieces flying through the air. Undaunted I looked around my carving area and found two pieces but a third was nowhere to be found. I was able to glue two pieces and realized that the third piece was not required, so I proceeded to complete the carving and finish the birch boot with a wipe-on poly. The spalting worked well with the carving.
My garden is in glorious bloom and the boot fitted well.

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

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#1 posted 07-25-2015 05:07 AM

Just wonderful Roman …... but then they all are.
I don’t always comment but I always look and I always smile when you post a new boot.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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Sam Shakouri

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#2 posted 07-25-2015 08:39 AM

Wonderful..wonderful and wonderful. I love it as all your boots you showed us before. Thank you for sharing your art.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 07-25-2015 01:50 PM

super carving! The boot looks great. I love the curves and waves.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 07-25-2015 08:58 PM

Excellent save and an excellent carving!



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#5 posted 07-25-2015 10:31 PM

Just keep posting them Roman, I will never tire of seeing your latest creation & display of skill

Yep nice garden too :)

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

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#6 posted 07-25-2015 10:37 PM

Thanks for all your nice comments. With each new boot I try some new technique, texture, wave, wrinkle, pyrography, and the creations just seem to be endless! I am thinking of marquetry but have not figured out the easiest way to do curved surfaces. Should be a blast when I do figure it out!
Regards to all,

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

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#7 posted 08-02-2015 02:27 PM

Luv it

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

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#8 posted 08-02-2015 02:29 PM

You have done a beautiful piece of work on this boot.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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