|Project by Roman Hrytsak||posted 04-06-2011 05:27 PM||1307 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Pic 1 Juniper, muted elegance, highly aromatic with a pink hew.
Pic 2 Maple from my son’s backyard. This tree had for many years been a support for a kid’s tree house, but had been in decline when my son cut it down. It had heard many stories. The two boots are left, Slewfoot and right Camel-jock!
Pic 3 British Columbia Pine – A carving friend brought this to me. While growing the tree had somehow twisted on itself and grew with a large knot in its trunk. This tree was challenged by this twist but grew anyway. I had difficulty in cutting into this knot but in the end made two boots and these show the grain going in many directions.
Pic 4 L. to r. Maple burl, next two spalted birch. The maple burl is in honor of a place kicker with our professional football team the Calgary Stampeders. Sandro had kicked 56 consecutive field goals during that season and the boot shows the wear and tear! The birch on the right I call ‘Buckshot’ because of the worm holes!
Pic 5 Mayday – what a surprise. My wood supplier was given a large piece for turning and them shoved it on to me. It was spalted and had a lot of soft material and when I clear varnished it the colours jumped out!
Pic 6 Two maple boots and a BC pine. The denim pine boot came from my brother-in-laws wood box. He was cleaning up some trees on his property as they were heavily damaged by the pine beetle. The beetles cause a blue streaking through the wood – hence the name denim pine. Maple boots from the tree house!
-- Roman:... there are no mistakes, just opportunities for a design change!