|Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN||posted 10-05-2016 05:21 PM||707 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
A while back, Bushmaster posed a challenge whereby he would supply the wood, hard enough to make me sweat in doing the composition. The most wonderful thing happened, Brian and his wife Jo arrived at my shop doorstep 2 days ago while on holiday from their home in Hazelton, B.C..
His SUV came in at a tilt for Brian had just come from the Okanagan (beautiful British Columbia’s interior fruit and wine belt) with a load of cedar fence material from his family’s farm. These posts are over 100 years old so the patina and farm use was strongly evident on the wood..
After a nice visit, Brain threw the gauntlet at me and I hit the challenge head on. Picture 2 shows the log from which I cut my blank. Free handing a boot profile the blank was cut from the half piece of the ripped log. I wanted to include the weathered portion of the fence post and the markings of a page wire fence. The other side of the block showed the exposed wood and the time weathered cedar. Pic 3 shows the richness of the cedar wood while pic 4 shows the weathered side. I just couldn’t carve away the natural patina. The 5 and 6 pictures show the boot inserted as a contrast to pic 2. I’m hoping that the boot will have a place in Brian and Jo’s home, especially if it is allowed to have a view of Roche de Boule, one of my favourite mountains near Hazelton and jealously in Bushmaster’s back yard!
Hope the challenge has been met!
Recently a story was written in the Calgary Herald about me. Go to calgaryherald.com/the people project to see me in action. Cheerio, the Bootman
-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!