ZEBRAWOOD - Anatomy of a Roman Boot!!!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 03-06-2011 03:59 AM 1829 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the first time ever it is my pleasure to introduce to Lumberjocks the anatomy of a ROMAN BOOT. To produce one of these it is best that you have access to a bandsaw and a power carver. It is possible to carve this boot with a knife and chisel but it will be more demanding this way. For your first boot, I recommend the K.I.S.S. principle – Keep It Simple S!, i.e. shaping, rounding, sanding, finishing. Any fine details, lace eyelets, stitching, wrinkles, etc. I recommend you leave to your third, fourth or fifth boots!
STEP1 Select a block of wood 4×5 x 6 inches and freehand on the 5×6 side a side profile of a boot. You should have a clear map of a sole, heel section and a toe section. Picture 1
STEP 2 Using a bandsaw separate the sole from the block, ensuring enough thickness for shaping the heel and sole. Remember that this will be paired down to a desired dimension or character. At this time the sole will have a squarish look. Rounding the corners should be left until the upper boot section is well defined and rounded.Picture 2
STEP 3 As in picture 1 remove the excess wood over the toe section and in front of the lace area Then separate the toe section and the heel section and you should have three pieces as shown in picture 3 The corners have been rounded and you are now ready for the fun part – shaping the heel section, toe section and sole. DO NOT CARVE at the joints that will be reassembled and glued to complete the boot or you will have difficulty in getting a clean fit.
Pictures 4, 5, and 6 shows the block of wood being transmitted into your masterpiece. I like to sand and finish each part before re-assembly.
It all depends on your choice of wood, ie gnarled, knotty, spalted or whatever how special your boot will be. As your proficiency rises then texturing and detailing will add further character.
GOOD LUCK TO ALL! I’ve just given you ‘da boot’!

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

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#1 posted 03-06-2011 04:13 AM

Just WOW!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 12:04 PM

Cool!!! Thanks for the post and the pics..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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