PLUM TREE - Starting a new project!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 12-22-2016 09:25 PM 1100 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine phoned me a couple of days ago to inform me that he had two pieces of a plum tree. One piece was about 14 inches long and the other was hard to lift -possibly 30 inches or more.
This post shows how I start the boot carving technique.
First I examine the log for any interesting features, i.e. splits, knots, bark ,etc. These characters will be considered when I cut the boot blanks and whether or not something interesting can be imparted to the vamp and or toe cap.
Second I cut the log lengthwise to see what the inner grain is like and mostly to square the log off for safe cutting.
Third the two halves start my creative juices flowing!
Fourth with boot ideas in my head I draw boot profiles and proceed to cut the blanks ready for the power carver.
Fifth with boot blanks assembled, the carving can begin!

TUNE IN, SAME TIME, SAME STATION to see how these boots come to fruition! I’m looking forward to a dusty Christmas holiday!

Until my next post, I remain the Bootman!

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

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#1 posted 12-22-2016 11:24 PM

nice to see what your starting with …..,. gives me a whole new appreciation of just what you do …....... keep up the GREAT WORK : )

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 12-23-2016 02:47 AM

Two pairs out of one log. Only sawdust leaves your shop. will be looking for a completed boot next year. Take a break for the holidays.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 12-23-2016 04:03 AM

Plum is a terrific hard wood, beautiful colours in it, you are lucky to get it!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 12-23-2016 09:12 AM

You are certainly creative and clever with timber and the boots Roman…

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

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 12-23-2016 11:44 AM

Okay, Brian, this one really made it clear to me. Thanks. It’s going in the “Brian” folder, for future reference, along with,, literally, everything you post.
Incidentally: When I was nine, my family moved into a house where there were Plum trees, Apricot trees, Almond trees, and a Kumquat tree, all fruitful in abundance. We lived in that house til I was twelve. I really wish that someone had introduced me to the Wooden Arts when I was a kid. I could have gone to town.
Please, if you get the chance, do up a Blog for us, showing and telling about your carving equipment, from the power unit to the attachments. I have a HF power carver, and have no idea what attachments I ought to have to do good things with it. You know what else, if I may be so bold? A tutorial sort of video of the Bootman in action.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 12-24-2016 02:00 PM

So that’s how it becomes a boot. You’re amazing Roman

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

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