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ARBUTUS - Imelda Collection Expanded!!

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 1034 days ago 1031 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.

Enjoy!

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





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greg48

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#1 posted 1034 days ago

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.

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Spoontaneous

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#2 posted 1034 days ago

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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peteg

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#3 posted 1034 days ago

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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Roman Hrytsak

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#4 posted 1034 days ago

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.

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

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Rustic

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#5 posted 1034 days ago

Love the carved shoe

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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blackcherry

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#6 posted 1034 days ago

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

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