|Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN||posted 08-04-2015 05:13 PM||1105 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
A little over forty years ago my family and I moved into our present day home. The house was located in a relatively new neighbourhood and all we had was a lawn and a sapling – a flowering hawthorne about 6 feet tall. My two little boys were so proud of their little tree until a neighbour’s kid came along and broke off the top six inches. We didn’t despair but gave it a lot of TLC and the sapling recovered giving us much pleasure as the years went by.
It was a favourite place for the birds that came to the feeding table and gave our family a variety of birds to study. But as usual time and the vagaries of Nature took it’s toll on the tree. It had to come down. An interesting supply of wood. With it’s convoluted growth pattern I was able to get a few pieces large enough for a carving. The boot was photographed at the base of the stump from where it came.
Cutting out a boot pattern I had exposed many challenges and was exhilarated at the variety of colour and texture of the wood. Now all I needed was some courage to do the carving. Some five years after the tree had been cut down, the wood had stabilized and the resulting boot is shown. Finished with a wipe-on-poly the colours are very striking.
Enjoy! I thank you for your comments!
-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!