FUNKY BOOT - Applewood root

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 02-06-2011 04:53 AM 1288 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Didn’t know what I was going to get from this piece of wood re: quality or color until I opened it up .Decided to texture it and got various characters in the final picture. Polished with beeswax only.
The wood came from an old dilapidated orchard and the trees were bulldozed and i got the roots from the wood pile. It was a challenge.

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

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 06:05 AM

Very nice! Interesting & unique. Great Job, Thanks!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 12:26 PM

now that is one “worn” boot.
So impressive how you take a chunk of wood and create something so intriguing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Roman Hrytsak

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 04:11 PM

The applewood had a number of challenges. It was an unattractive looking piece of weathered wood, full of dried out root extensions, blackish gray exterior, with crevasses filled with fungi. I was flying in the dark, but it turned out terrific! One of a kind and that’s one reason I make my boots in singles as it is hard to make a pair that will work together.

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

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 05:07 PM

I LOVE ‘underground’ wood! Really nice job pulling this out of the root. All of those ‘flaws’ give character galore.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 06:57 PM

It’s another great piece.

The texturing reminds me of some boots I’ve found in the desert. Water soaked many times and sunbaked forever.

Ya gotta try Netsuke! I can imagine one or more of those boots on a necklace or bracelet. I’d love to have one to just hang around something at my desk so I could marvel at it for hours. Would inspire me.

-- 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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#6 posted 02-08-2011 11:25 PM

Excellent, great detail!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 09:53 PM


-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#8 posted 02-12-2011 01:44 PM

how on earth u manage to do that … i really like to known more .
the process of doing such nice hand work

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