THERE once was a woman that lived in a shoe, she had so many ...................

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 04-23-2016 03:14 PM 1320 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!’
As always,
Roman, the BOOTMAN!

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

6 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-23-2016 06:02 PM

Beautiful. as lell as the story. What you do with wood is one of a kind And a true master creator.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 04-23-2016 06:18 PM

Very nice job. Well done.

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

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#3 posted 04-23-2016 09:42 PM

Always great to try a different style Roman, great result with this one, it’s different :)

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

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 04-23-2016 09:53 PM

This is about the best one I’ve seen, yet, Roman. The “toe cap” of which you speak makes the whole reminiscent of a welder’s boot. As for a door a windows, may I tickle your brain? Tacky. I should say not.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 04-24-2016 01:28 PM

You are Thee “Bootman”, Bootman. Very cool.

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

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#6 posted 04-26-2016 01:38 AM

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