ARBUTUS - Checks and Balance!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 05-04-2017 08:57 PM 823 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got off my high horse and started to carve again – another boot that is.
A friend brought me some Arbutus wood from his lot on the West coast islands. It had fallen unto his property so he decided to bring some firewood back to Calgary. This wood has been sitting in my workshop for over five years in that the climate change had severely altered the already twisted wood.
When I started to plan the boot blank, I was confronted with many cracks in the wood as well as some insect burrows. Arbutus is not short of branches so I was hit with many elements in the creative process. I wanted the cracks to flow with the length of the boot and also wanted to preserve the fullness of the main branch wood which you can see on the right side of the toe cap. Had a lot balance work and still had the grain and colour of the wood talk to me.
Arbutus carves easy so I was able to carve this boot in under three hours. Sealed it with a K.I.S.S. to keep it simple but attractive.
Roman, the BOOTMAN

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

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#1 posted 05-04-2017 09:37 PM


Imaginary,& artistic,= a whole closet full of BOOTS and not a pair to wear!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 05-04-2017 10:00 PM

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#3 posted 05-05-2017 01:44 AM

That,s one funny looking boot, it cracked me up.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 05-05-2017 09:19 AM

Nice boot!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#5 posted 05-05-2017 03:23 PM

This is another nice boot, Roman. Keep ‘em coming.

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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#7 posted 05-26-2017 12:13 PM

You could surely open a custom boot factory Roman…

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

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