A BUNCH of BOOTS - a challenge met!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 12-11-2015 10:17 PM 893 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In October I was asked to introduce my book to our local woodworking group – SAWS – Southern Alberta Woodworkers Society. After my presentation on how to carve a Roman style wooden boot I issued a challenge by bringing in two hunks of wood, an Arbutus log and a birch wood block. I wanted to see if any of the group would draw a profile of a boot on each block. Four people volunteered their patterns and I then promised to carve a boot following their outline. The ‘bunch’ shown is the result.
The birch wood boots have a live edge while the Arbutus boots had me carving with a little help from my earthly friends. Next week the group will be meeting for their Christmas party and my volunteers will receive their boots – an early Christmas present so to speak.

To all LJers may I wish you a very Merry Christmas and the best in 2016.


Roman, the Bootman!

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

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#1 posted 12-11-2015 10:41 PM

Fantastic work, Roman.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 12-11-2015 11:32 PM

I love my arbutus Roman but I don’t think I’d like to wear it on my feet.
If I change my mind however I will definitely come to you, the best arbutus boot maker I know.
As always fun projects, executed with style.

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

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#3 posted 12-12-2015 01:28 AM

Great work beautiful.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 12-12-2015 01:56 AM

Merry Christmas from the north. Well done and hope to see more in the new year.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 12-12-2015 04:59 AM

You are one would be boot maker.
No on second thought there are no bees involved so you must and are a master wood boot maker.
Very nicely done!

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#6 posted 12-12-2015 02:32 PM

Nicely done, Roman; It’s a great collection of boots.

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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#7 posted 12-12-2015 08:22 PM

fabulous collection Roman, you sure know how to get these boot looking like the real thing,

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

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#8 posted 12-12-2015 11:25 PM

They will be surprised…....pleasantly so. Nice job.

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

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#9 posted 12-13-2015 01:23 AM

They sure look like boots to me Roman, excellent work.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 12-13-2015 10:05 PM

Excellent carvings Roman.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 12-13-2015 10:14 PM


-- Ed, Dawson Creek “It is easier to get forgiveness than permission”

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#12 posted 12-27-2015 12:56 AM

Very awesome. Merry Christmas to you and yours as well. Have a safe holiday season

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

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