BUSHMASTER'S BOOT CHALLENGE! Western Cedar Rail Fence Post a la Brian!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 10-05-2016 05:21 PM 779 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 people project to see me in action. Cheerio, the Bootman

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

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#1 posted 10-05-2016 05:36 PM

Good work and Brian is indeed a good example to all!

My wife and I met the Proctors this summer in WA and was very well impressed with both he and his wife! Great People!

-- just rjR

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#2 posted 10-05-2016 06:44 PM

Interesting contrast between the patina side and the fresh carving. Nicely done. The video on the Calgary Herald site was well done too, and it “brought you to life” compared to simply reading about your work. I enjoyed it.
Have a great day. (To go with your music, I’ll say “Bonne journée”.)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 10-05-2016 07:51 PM

Two of my favorite old Canuckleheads in the same room together for a while. That must have been a hoot. Thanks for sharing the video. Now, some French music for you, by way of Louisiana.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 10-05-2016 09:20 PM

Wow, that was just two days ago, in fact I left late Sunday for Edmonton, You really went to work. It is fantastically beautiful. We really enjoyed the visit and you sharing your work and secret of boot construction. Your energy and excitement inspires me. We drove all the way to Red Dear and then took the daughter of our friends in Hazelton out to eat. I attended a school near Lacombe for three years. Here is Roman ( The Master Creative Artist) all smiles in front of his work shop.

I also purchased his book of secrets, 60 pages of priceless secrets, pictures and step by step instructions. Order one today you will love it, and appreciate his work more.

Thanks for everything. Brian and JO

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 10-05-2016 09:41 PM

Better yet here is the link to the video and article.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 10-06-2016 03:21 AM

Roman, you most certainly at a true Craftsman. That is a glorious result.
Thanks for the story and video.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 10-06-2016 09:52 AM

...and that’s how they emerge…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 10-06-2016 02:11 PM

This is another fine boot carving Roman, as we all expect from you but the real surprise here was the wonderful video in which we get to “meet you” and put an animated face to the talented artist with whom we have become virtual friends.
Nice to make your acquaintance!

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

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#9 posted 10-06-2016 02:17 PM

Thank you all my LJ friends! I look forward each day to seeing your works and reading your comments. If you are ever in this vicinity the doors are open for a visit and a chin wag.
Kind regards to all,

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

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#10 posted 10-07-2016 01:32 AM

Well Roman, You sure kicked that challenge out of the park...

What a beautiful boot or more correctly magnificent piece of hand carve woodworking art….

The more I see folk on LumberJock’s the more I’m drawn to one day visiting Canada and the USA to hopefully me some of these very talented people who share a passion from woodwork..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 10-07-2016 01:17 PM

Just came up with a title for this boot, depending on which side you look at it – BEAUTY and the BEAST!

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

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