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SOUL MATES - First steps to a Roman style boot!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 08-23-2017 06:19 PM 410 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With this post I would like to show you how I start and conceive my boot carvings
I found a piece of spruce log in my wood pile. It was covered in mud and pine needles and I had no idea how good it was to carve. There was enough wood in the log for two boots so my thought process said ‘Soul Mates’! The log demanded that the two boots be kept together. If anything the two boots would have to be a pair. The log had some interesting branches on it and I knew these would provide me with some interesting grain patterns. Unto the bandsaw table I squared the log and split the piece lengthwise ensuring that I had at least 3 inches of width, i.e. adequate for the width of a boot. Squaring the log also allowed for a safe bandsaw cut.
The first 4 pictures show the process of me deciding where to draw a profile for a boot. Picture 5 shows a quick sketch of an outline. The sole, heel and vamp are identified and because of the knot seen at upper left in picture, this was to be the profile of a right boot and the knot would be a feature of the vamp. i.e. upper part of the boot. Once the sole was separated, the boot profile was then transferred to the remaining block and the left boot blank came into being.
Picture 6 shows sole separation (first cut), vamp and toe/tongue blocks (omega cut ) opening the inner boot for easy carving.
In the next post I will show how the boot blank morphs into two boots- and voila you have ‘Soul Mates’!

Now to my carving shed to complete the project. See you in a couple of days!

The Bootman!

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





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 08-24-2017 03:54 PM

Roman, I can see the boots coming out of this block through your very creative and fertile mind. I know that you will skillfully turn them into some interesting eye catchers.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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crowie

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#2 posted 08-27-2017 11:10 AM

You have an amazingly creative eye Roman….

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

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