THE VARIANCE IN FOUND WOOD - challenges to one's creativity!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 05-24-2017 03:02 AM 3519 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The main objective of this posting is to show the variance I must confront when doing a stylized boot using three species of wood. Looking at the first picture the species found are l. to r., Yew, Arbutus, and Aspen. All three wood pieces had their own physical characters, colour and grain, splits, spalting and worm holes and degrees of hardness.

The boots all have the same basic pattern. vamp, toe cap/tongue and sole. When I made the first cut in producing the carving blank I kept the sole simple with a slight bend. Then came the second cut which I refer to as the omega cut and this separates the toe/tongue section from the vamp. The power carving then begins.

Roughing out produces a shoe shape and then this is followed with the refinement stage to get to the final product.
Throughout this process the wood characters continually interact with your thought process and in most instances the wood wins.

Finished and polished the pieces are re-assembled and I give you three variants in wood. Enjoy!

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

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#1 posted 05-24-2017 03:12 AM

Good show—- neat boots.

Boots and more boots.

All extremely well crafted and finished; Yet he has to but the ones he wears!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#2 posted 05-24-2017 04:52 AM

Super job on the boots and very interesting.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 05-24-2017 07:56 AM

great work good idea

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#4 posted 05-24-2017 08:49 AM

Well, I learned something new from this Post, Roman. There are three pieces that get “re-assembled.” This, I had not realized, through all my boot watching. Ain’t that a boot-in-the-pants? It makes me think I might be able to try it, one day. Mind: Unlocked.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 05-24-2017 12:56 PM

Genuine clogs. Love it.

-- "what a ya mean I don't believe in god, I talk to him every day.” Dave Mustiane.

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#6 posted 05-24-2017 02:25 PM

the middle one reminds me of my old favorite broken in work pair …..also I as Mark did not realize that thought it was from 1 piece …..GREAT JOB :<))


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#7 posted 05-24-2017 02:56 PM

These are all outstanding wood boots and the post is very interesting and informative. Thanks!

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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#8 posted 05-24-2017 09:28 PM

Great way to illustrate your point about the nature of various timbers Roman.
Your point that the “character continually interacts with your thought process” is so true with turning also, the number of times you start out in one direction then change to make better use of some “uncovered” feature is all part of the pleasure of working with a medium like timber.
BTW, my fav’ is the arbutus

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 05-24-2017 09:34 PM

Thanks Pete. I gave the Arbutus the most points too. The aspen boot was nice to do as the wood is soft and carves like butter. I had intended to decorate it with some pyrography and paint but chickened out! Must get up my courage the next time.
You might notice that the aspen boot is carved in an arc. The back of the boot does not align in a straight line with the toe cap. Also there is a bit of a twist in the lateral plane, the heel on one side protrudes while on the other side the heel is tucked under. Unfortunately my camera didn’t do the light coloured wood any justice. There is considerable spalting in the wood so I had difficulty intruding with some pyrography. Using paint was not an immediate choice either.

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

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#10 posted 05-24-2017 10:36 PM

Roman, Your mastery of carving these boots is outstanding sir, I love the character of each individual different boot.

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

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#11 posted 05-25-2017 05:40 AM

Great boots Roman!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#12 posted 05-25-2017 10:46 AM

One of a kind ! Hat’s off !


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#13 posted 05-26-2017 01:04 AM

Nice job Roman and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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