FLOWERING HAWTHORNE BOOT - From whence it cometh!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 08-04-2015 05:13 PM 1105 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

The Bootman!

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

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#1 posted 08-04-2015 06:25 PM

Unique to the extreme … very nice!

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 06:33 PM

0-100 summed it up!

I agree with them totally!

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#3 posted 08-04-2015 06:50 PM

As always beautiful

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#4 posted 08-04-2015 07:05 PM

Somebody has to say it Roman.
..... It’s nice to see the old boot returning to its roots…... :-)
The colours are certainly striking but I think someone’s toes have worn their way though on one side.
As always, love your carvings.

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

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#5 posted 08-04-2015 08:50 PM

Great job – love the way you incorporated the natural edges into the carving. Have to ask: Did you make another so each son can have a memento of the tree they loved? (Hope My question does not start any sibling rivalries.)
Thanks for posting – love projects that have sentimental value.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 08-04-2015 09:17 PM

You sure have been “kickin-it”.. :)

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

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#7 posted 08-04-2015 10:54 PM

A few hard miles under the sole with this one Roman, fabulous as usual. Bet you had recall of many pleasant memories of the family growing up doing this one :)

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

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#8 posted 08-05-2015 01:01 PM

Beautiful work… always. Your talent is top shelf!

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

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#9 posted 08-05-2015 04:56 PM

It makes a very nice yard or garden accent. Nice work.

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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#10 posted 08-07-2015 12:11 AM

love it

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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