Brother to the Previous Boot - Rocky Mountain Juniper

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 08-23-2012 10:52 PM 1095 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This boot is the brother to the last boot posted. When I cut the log for that boot I left a piece that was a branch to the log. The large gape is the crotch of the branch and I was intimidated with making a blank for the next boot.
Where do I make the first cut? Squaring off the piece I soon found many variations and was wondering how I would carve into such a piece. Like a jeweller with his rough diamond I proceeded to shape my blank into a shoe and let the chips fall. The wood was talking to me and I followed the the gape and incorporated the growth rings as best as I could. Finishing with a clear varnish, the colours jumped at me. Adding any further details would be fruitless.
I hope you enjoy the boot. Thank you, Roman

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 10:58 PM

Very interesting, and very nice work. Did you carve this by hand?

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#2 posted 08-24-2012 12:48 AM

Roman, this is wonderful and fun! Great carving and keeping the branch adds a total character to the whole piece. Very inspiring work.

Take care,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#3 posted 08-24-2012 01:47 AM

Hi Michael T, all my work is power carved.

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#4 posted 08-24-2012 02:07 AM

Roman, that’s very interesting and beautiful wood! Juniper? Nice carving!

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

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#5 posted 08-24-2012 07:14 AM

Man I hope these are “handed” or I’m gona get sore feet :: )))
I just love these amazing pieces you share with us Roman

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

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#6 posted 08-24-2012 01:49 PM

Paul, not only is the wood pretty but it also has a beautiful aroma. Better than perfume when I’m carving.
Pete, I guess I would be turning bowls and vases if I had a lathe. Instead my bandsaw and power carver do the trick in making the stylized boot These boots are fun to do.

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#7 posted 08-24-2012 04:05 PM

Another nice one! What do you do with all the boots? Have them scattered around the house, or in one central place?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 08-24-2012 07:43 PM

Hi Brandon, I have merchandized the boots through shows and Art galleries. Anyone who who gives me a unique piece of wood will get a boot in payment. I’ve also given away many to advertise the product. Some of my favourites are scattered about the house. Some I trust with my relatives!!!!

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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#9 posted 08-25-2012 12:54 AM

An awesome boot. Not made fer walkin tho… :)

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

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#10 posted 08-25-2012 03:37 PM

Amaizing stuff you make

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 08-25-2012 11:52 PM

Love the way you incorporated the limb scar into the boot. Adds a lot of character (as if your boots needed more).

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

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#12 posted 08-26-2012 02:21 PM

Spoon, I just couldn’t throw away or burn the left over. RH

-- Roman:... FIGHT HUNGER ----- DON'T EAT!

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