Mayday - Mammy Yokum's Boot

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 1174 days ago 1910 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wood for this project came from a Mayday tree in our back yard. It was a beautiful tree and graced our yard for over thirty years. It was being ravaged by viruses so it was time to cut it down. The wood has been sitting along my fence line for two years and when I cut a blank for a boot, the wood went into contortions that every woodworker dreads and the more I carved the more splits surfaced. A test of my patience I persevered and the Yokum boot was complete.

The boot stands 8 inches high, toe to heel length is 5 inches, width is 2 – 3 inches.
A Foredom power tool, and Saburrtooth burrs, were used to rough out and a sanding drum, did the finish work.
A Minwax poly wipe on, was used to finish the piece.

For the youngsters, Mammy Yokum is the mother of L’il Abner, from the famous Al Capp cartoon strip. She was probably the first liberated woman of consequence, she ruled the roost and I liked the fact that she smoked a pipe.


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

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#1 posted 1174 days ago

So very cool!!!!

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Eli Adamit

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#2 posted 1174 days ago

I like your shoes, This one and all the previous

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#3 posted 1174 days ago

can never get enough of these.

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#4 posted 1174 days ago

I love your style. It is a real testament to your craftmanship that you have a unique style that is so lovable. Anorther great piece.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#5 posted 1174 days ago

Got a bit of character this one Roman, nice job as always

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 1174 days ago

Very cool.. good job!

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#7 posted 1174 days ago

Leave it to an artist to find something of unique beauty in a piece of wood that probably would have ended up in a burn pile! Well, done, Roman.

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 1174 days ago

Very nice

a great memento


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 1174 days ago

Your boot was so impressive I looked at all your projects and your skill level is very impressive. I’ll date myself too because I remember when Lum & Abner was one of my favorite comic strips. But for those who are too young to remember, here’s a photo of Mammy Yokum that I found on her face book page.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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Roman Hrytsak

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#10 posted 1173 days ago

Thanks for the photo of Mammy, Hal. I see I have an error in my boots. I thought the buttons were on the outside of the boot instead of the inside as shown in the picture. I do like her striped hose!
Thank you for your comments.

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

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#11 posted 1173 days ago

Ouch!!! I woul deffenately wear a pair the next time I am going out. :)

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#12 posted 1173 days ago

Outstanding work. You’ve honored your old friend well.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 1173 days ago

Good job. Mammy would be proud of that boot.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 1166 days ago

This is one of my favorites of yours. I grew up in North Carolina and Lil Abner was a huge favorite of mine. I could totally relate to old time custom and women running things. If’n you wanted to eat….......;)............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#15 posted 1166 days ago

Great work as always I just love these. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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