Manzanita wood - a carver's curse!

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These boots were carved from a piece of manzanita wood brought to me by friend who spent a winter in Arizona. As one piece the wood with its protruberances looked like a mask for the devil. I had planned to hollow out the back and do some trick or treating. However, when I started to work on it, the carving was not to pleasant as the wood is very hard and brittle. Back to the shelf the wood had dried even further so the mask idea went out the window.
In came the boot idea! I cut the piece in half and mad a pair of slippers. From the back the two out growths look like tails on small dogs. So I named the piece – wait for it!!!!! – Poop and Snoop!
After sanding I polished the boots with beeswax and the red just blurted out. What a surprise!
The devil made me do it!

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

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 09:39 PM

Manzanita is about the hardest thing I’ve ever carved, but it looks great when you are done. Also, It tends to bury rocks, which can be fun when you liberate one in a turning…

Good carvings!

-- Steven

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 03:07 AM

good job. I’ve tried carving and turning it and it is tough. I think you did quite well considering. I found that power carving is about the only way to go.

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 12:17 PM

very intriguing … they make you want to keep looking and finding new elements and new character in them. Very cool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 05:04 PM

Hello Debbie, I sometimes feel like a diamond cutter contemplating his or her first move. Many times I’ ve taken a piece of wood started the saw and only to turn it off as another facet or character came up which required more thinking. This is the exciting part of doing these confounded boots. But once conceived and completed, they give me much pleasure!

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

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 06:16 PM

cool project!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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