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Rocky Mountain Juniper - another version of a L'l Abner boot

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 722 days ago 1494 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend picked up a wheel barrow load of Rocky Mountain Juniper that a neighbour of his cut down. It was growing in his yard for forty years and this spring it was time for it to come down. More found wood!
With a short time for curing I cracked into one of the logs and cut out a boot blank. Then to remove some more moisture I placed the blank into the microwave and zapped it intermittently for 6 minutes and then left the blank in front of fan for the evening.
Next morning I rough carved the boot and finished it for sanding by the following day. The wood felt dry after sanding so I sealed it with Shellawax, sanded some more and then applied two lacquer coats for the final finish.
The boot measures 6.5 inches long. 3.5 inches wide and 4.25 high, size???
Enjoy!

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





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peteg

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#1 posted 722 days ago

Man that would have been some piece of timber to turn, but hey, you have done a better job with the chisels,
very nice:)
pete

-- 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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#2 posted 722 days ago

Hi Pete, I was thinking of you when I got the wood. I know you would have done justice to the wood and would have generated a beautiful piece. Thanks for your comments. RH

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

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Spoontaneous

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#3 posted 722 days ago

Nice boot Roman. Pretty piece of wood too. I like the bark on the upper edge and also the knot on the heel.

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

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jjw5858

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#4 posted 722 days ago

This is great work and a fun piece to look at Roman. Really admire the carving here.

All the best,

Joe

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

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#5 posted 722 days ago

You work is super,Roman.

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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blackcherry

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#6 posted 722 days ago

Roman every time I see these works they remind me of my day in the steel mills. We wore steel toe boots that look so much like your creations, I just get a great chuckle thanks for posting hope that you are enjoying summer…Wilson

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HalDougherty

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#7 posted 721 days ago

Great looking boot, but wasn’t L’l Abner’s sole detached and flopping?

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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MonteCristo

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#8 posted 721 days ago

Great carving of a spectacular piece of wood !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 721 days ago

Well done, looks good.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Roger

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#10 posted 721 days ago

That’s some krazy-grain. Very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Eli Adamit

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#11 posted 721 days ago

I like this shoe and all your previous shoes. One small suggestion, when you take the photo, please put the shoe on another background, other than wood. The color should be in contrast with the shoe colors. It can be a cloth or a wall etc. your project, will be more flattered.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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Roman Hrytsak

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#12 posted 720 days ago

Thank you all for your comments. Much appreciated.
Eli, I photographed the boot amongst the other trunks of wood from which it came, giving the boot a chance to be with it’s own kind and I also wanted the readers to see the character of the wood. Your suggestion, however, is a good one and I shall try to background my photographs a bit better next time. RH

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

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Eli Adamit

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#13 posted 720 days ago

Rman, your considerations there good as mine, depends on what you want to focus on.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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Dark_Lightning

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#14 posted 719 days ago

All those pics next to the logs makes it look like the boot is growing out of them. Nice positioning, and a really nice boot!

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Roman Hrytsak

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#15 posted 719 days ago

Thanks AtomJack. Just wanted to show the end grain and all the branches. These come out in the boot.

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

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