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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 02-01-2011 05:08 AM 1249 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an opportunity to pick up some 4×4 western cedar fence post cut-offs. Couldn’t build a fence so I carved a pair of shoes patterned after those that Charlie Chaplin would wear doing his tramp character.
I use Clapham’s furniture beeswax as a finish.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!





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Billinmich

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#1 posted 02-01-2011 05:19 AM

great looking shoes.nice job on the carving.

-- Bill in Mich

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 05:46 AM

Those look great. I think they look better then the Brogues you posted. I think that may be because of the dimensions of the others though, they look kind of squished, though that may be the picture and not the carving. Either way, they look fabulous, thank you for sharing :)

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 05:48 AM

Roman,

These shoes look fantastic! Are they full size? Did you see the shoe challenge by Jordan? He taught a class in carving half-sized shoes and had some pretty good students. He displayed all the shoes at the same time so you can see them on his projects page. Yours would fit right in!

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 06:23 AM

Hi Roman, I suspected those were yours. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 06:25 AM

oh how exciting! I love just looking at them! I wish i could play with them!

-- christine

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 12:24 PM

fantastic – much better than an old fence :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 05:22 PM

Thanks Jordan. I took your advice and now am having fun on LJ!

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 05:24 PM

Pawky, The brogues are small because I had a limited supply of found wood. So I concentrated on character instead.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 05:27 PM

lightweightladylefty, Thanks for the reference about Jordan’s work. I’ve been following the challenge and have also met Jordan at our local wood show.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#10 posted 02-01-2011 05:29 PM

learnin2do Thanks for the comment. The boots are very tactile and many of my clients feel the same way you do.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#11 posted 02-01-2011 06:32 PM

I have attempted to carve full size boots but this requires more work and most of the time the type of wood I have on hand or given to me limits the size so I stay with the caricatures. This way one can limit his own ‘carbon’ footprint, so to speak.

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#12 posted 02-01-2011 07:15 PM

Roman,
Are you familiar with Japanese Netsuki? Your carvings remind me of them. Small and exquisitely detailed.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 02-01-2011 07:21 PM

Roman,
Are you familiar with Japanese Netsuki? Your carvings remind me of them. Small and exquisitely detailed.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Roman Hrytsak

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#14 posted 02-01-2011 07:26 PM

Yes I am familiar with that work but have not had the courage to go that small and detailed. Maybe one day!?
Presently I am experimenting with exotic woods and find the grain in these fascinating. ie tulip wood, zebra wood. I have ventured into soapstone and the boots are exciting!

-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!

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#15 posted 02-01-2011 08:15 PM

The character definitely comes out in them. You used the wood very well to give them a used/worn look to them. The back end when you look at them almost don’t look like wood right off :)

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