HICKORY, DICKORY, Dock,....................

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 06-20-2016 02:29 AM 2563 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend had built some cabinets using hickory and had accumulated a pile of cut-offs. These were transferred to my care and I proceeded to laminate enough to cut a boot blank. Hickory is a hardwood and I struggled as did my worn out carving burrs. Anytime I put on the pressure to speed the carving process I would get streaks of burn marks. So the carving had to be slowed down.
After applying two coats of French Polish, a product handled by Lee Valley Tools, I had to bring the mice into the picture after thinking of Grandfather’s old clock. RAZORTIP’s pyrogrophy tool finished the carving with some coloration using pencil crayons.
I hope I’ve got you thinking of the mouse and grandfather’s clock.


Roman, the BOOTMAN!

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

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#1 posted 06-20-2016 08:38 AM

You have truly found yourself as an artist, Roman. (Woodsmith said, as though he knows.)

-- Mark

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#2 posted 06-20-2016 10:23 AM

Looks great.


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#3 posted 06-20-2016 10:49 AM

As usual, you have amazed me with your skills as a carver and as an artist. Just unbelievable what you can do. All of your pieces in my mind are works of art. I have had occasion to work with hickory and I know how slow you must have had to go. Great job!

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

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#4 posted 06-20-2016 01:03 PM

You bring a whole new meaning to being a shoemaker. Your shoes are always nice eye candy and pieces of art

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

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#5 posted 06-20-2016 01:52 PM

This boot turned out beautifully.

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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#6 posted 06-20-2016 02:49 PM

really neat, nice work

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#7 posted 06-20-2016 03:29 PM

nice job …... I’m size 14 LOL


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#8 posted 06-21-2016 06:23 AM

Beautiful and realistic details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 06-21-2016 07:30 PM

Roman, You as always strike with the creativity. Thanks….. I am excited…... Good luck and patience…....
It isn’t necessary to show that it from pieces. Let all think that it from whole whetstone.

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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