BASSWOOD COWBOY BOOT - Celebrating the Calgary Stampede Centennial!

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The greatest outdoor show on earth – The Calgary Stampede – will be celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this July.
To join in the festivities I will be teaching a class to carve a cowboy boot on June 1 and 2, a month before the Stampede. This is my prototype for the class and is carved using the ‘Roman’ technique of carving wooden boots.
The wood is basswood, power carved and textured, dyed brown and red and then sealed with Shellawax. It stands 9 inches high and is 7 inches heel to toe. This is for a smallish cowboy!


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

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#1 posted 892 days ago

Well done and very realistic.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 892 days ago

Wow, that is just terrific work. Awesome job Roman.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#3 posted 892 days ago

My first thought was “No way, that’s a real boot.” Is it a solid piece of wood? Looks great.

-- Kayvon

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#4 posted 892 days ago

Yee- haw! A very good looking cowboy boot. Great job on making it realistic. Good luck with your class in June.

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

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Michael Wilson

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#5 posted 892 days ago

Ok, that looks positively comfy; a vacation for my feet.

Nicely done!

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#6 posted 892 days ago

Got a great ole leathery look with this one Roman, beautiful job as always, love the colour, :)

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

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#7 posted 892 days ago

Looks very real….great job.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#8 posted 892 days ago

That is an amazingly realistic looking cowboy boot. Well done!! Care to share your process with us? (-:


-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 892 days ago

super carving,nice work

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Roman Hrytsak

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#10 posted 891 days ago

Northwest29 – The challenge in carving the western boot is to remove wood from the inner part of the boot. To facilitate this I remove the sole from my blank first and then proceed to carve or gouge out the inner core with my power bits and gouges. Carve the outer shape first and then gouge out the boot core. Leave enough wood for gluing up. I don’t bother hollowing out the toe area unless you plan to wear it. Sand the interior, glue up the pieces and then finish any detailing when the boot is together. Hope this will help. RH
PS This style of boot gives the carver many options to detail, texture and decorate. Your creativity can go wild with this one!

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

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#11 posted 891 days ago

Amazing Roman. Looks so real.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 891 days ago

Giddy-Up. awesome boot!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 891 days ago

Very realistic cowboy boot,Roman!!!

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#14 posted 891 days ago

darn,Roman, if you would have taken out the toe wood I think it would fit! Thats really great.

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#15 posted 891 days ago

Hey Roman we are planning a trip up to Bantiff, Canada in July and I plan on attending the great rodeo, can’t wait…BC

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