|Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN||posted 04-23-2016 03:14 PM||1033 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
Good morning all LJers!
I found a a short log of willow wood in my lumber cache and decided to carve a wooden boot recalling the nursery story about the ‘old’ woman who lived in a shoe…..! Squaring off the 14 inch long log with my bandsaw, I was able to produce a carving blank which kept the bark roof intact and extended an enlarged toe-cap.
As the carving progressed, the colour and grain in the wood took hold of me and the shoe house became the result. I didn’t have the courage to remove the pointed toe cap, so I did a slight undercut. The result was a curvaceous Frank Lloyd Wright roof style , with the flowing lines meeting with the details of the boot. I had considered carving out some windows and a door but found that to be a bit tacky, especially with the strength of the wood grain and colour. So I leaned to the KISS principle.
The front roof line is about 6 1/2 inches tall , boot length 9 inches, average boot width 3 inches. This boot came from one piece of willow wood, pre-cut for roof, vamp, toe-tongue, and sole pieces. Individually carved, then re-assembled for it’s final look.
After sanding, the boot was sealed and spray coated with a matte finish.
Now the woman’s kids are happy, running around the yard, playing ‘hide-and go-seek!’
Roman, the BOOTMAN!
-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!