ARBUTUS - Imelda Collection Expanded!!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 09-30-2011 12:47 AM 1546 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another shoe for the Imelda collection! This piece had it’s challenges, with first working with a gnarled bit of Arbutus, severe checking, and finally branch out growths. I also have problems with the woman’s shoe and it’s composition. The first of Imelda’s collection were caricatures of a shoe but now as I try to design a proper looking shoe it gets harder. I think I’m moving ahead but it is a slow process!

Arbutus is a hard wood and my power carver burrs took a beating, I drum sanded for a final finish, stained it with Minwax gunstock orange and buffed it with Clapham’s beeswax polish.


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

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 01:59 AM

Wow, this will cause me to think twice before splitting up the madrone for firewood. The show looks nice but perhaps not so comfortable. Thank you for your post.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 09-30-2011 03:16 AM

Never heard of arbutus? Pretty wood though… with the pink running through. Your shoe reminds me of my elementary school teacher!

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

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#3 posted 09-30-2011 03:24 AM

Stepping out in style here Roman, nice job as usual, that is lovely looking timber, never heard of that one. :: ))

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

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#4 posted 09-30-2011 03:44 AM

Madrone is a relative of arbutus. My arbutus was given to me from a fellow that owns property on the Gulf islands (between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia). It is a protected species but he had a windfall on his property and gave me a few pieces. Once in Calgary, our dry climate caused it to twist and turn and split erratically.
A curse as far as carving goes but does have a pretty finish, both in texture and colour. It would make beautiful spoons! If you want some Spoontaneous I’ll try to send you some.

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

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#5 posted 09-30-2011 04:19 AM

Love the carved shoe

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 09-30-2011 02:43 PM

With a French polish we could call it “The Glass Slipper” another gem of a design Roman thanks for posting…BC

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