Grandpa's Old Boot! Amur cherry

  • Advertise with us
Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 01-17-2013 12:50 AM 2081 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found an odd shaped piece of Amur cherry in my wood bin and proceeded to carve an odd shaped work boot. Compared to my other boots I did a bit more reveal work to give the boot an old wrinkled look. Then to complicate matters even further I decided to do a dye job on the structure and the battle between carver/designer and the subject waged on. I started with an ox blood leather dye which made the boot too ‘hot’ so I toned it done with some brown leather dye. Topped it up with a lacquer finish which needs some further toning done as shown by the pictures! I hope Grandpa would be proud!
The boot stands 6 inches high, 7 inches heel to toe and 4 1/2 – 5 inches wide. Size unknown!!!???

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

21 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


115171 posts in 2996 days

#1 posted 01-17-2013 12:55 AM

Good job Roman

-- Custom furniture

View luv2learn's profile


2408 posts in 1722 days

#2 posted 01-17-2013 12:57 AM

Top notch carving. What an interesting subject!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

View jaykaypur's profile


3996 posts in 1827 days

#3 posted 01-17-2013 12:57 AM

Just absolutely unreal. You have an amazing talent. This boot is fantastic.

How much time do you have in a project like this?

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

21531 posts in 1757 days

#4 posted 01-17-2013 01:35 AM

Really, really cool

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View  woodshaver (Tony)  's profile

woodshaver (Tony)

3937 posts in 2772 days

#5 posted 01-17-2013 01:58 AM

Excellent work Roman!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

View MShort's profile


1767 posts in 2837 days

#6 posted 01-17-2013 02:04 AM

So realistic. SWEET !!!

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

View Roman - THE BOOTMAN's profile


772 posts in 2105 days

#7 posted 01-17-2013 03:21 AM

Time for this boot can be broken down as follows, blank preparation 15 minutes, rough carving to shape, 3 to 4 hours, sanding, revealing and detailing, 15 to 20 hours, sanding and finishing 5 to 10 hours (depending on the details incorporated).Equipment used, power carvers.

-- Roman:... These Boots Were Made For 'Talkin'!

View Rustic's profile


3220 posts in 3015 days

#8 posted 01-17-2013 05:14 AM

Very nice work. One day I will be a great carver like you lol

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

View peteg's profile


3806 posts in 2242 days

#9 posted 01-17-2013 06:36 AM

If this boot was from a foot passing thur, I would love to hear the stories form what looks like a rejuvenated but tired hunched over old soul.
Another classic Roman piece of wonderful art, well done friend

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

View Zonteal's profile


18 posts in 1385 days

#10 posted 01-17-2013 06:56 AM

Very nice.

-- Mjones "Perfect inPerfections"

View HalDougherty's profile


1820 posts in 2656 days

#11 posted 01-17-2013 10:35 AM

Beautiful job of carving, as usual. I love the warm look of cherry.

-- Hal, Tennessee

View Spoontaneous's profile


1332 posts in 2749 days

#12 posted 01-17-2013 11:27 AM

Grandpa had small feet. <grin> I really like what you did with the staining…. esp. the variation of color around the eyelets. Very cool looking boot!

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

View Roger's profile


19709 posts in 2223 days

#13 posted 01-17-2013 12:57 PM

A fine lookin boot. Really nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

View ohwoodeye's profile


1709 posts in 2572 days

#14 posted 01-17-2013 01:58 PM

I’m wondering what shoe polish would look like on wood….....seriously.
I would have liked to see the blank before you started to see if I could have seen a similar form prior to carving or if you just have an incredible imagination.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

View david38's profile


2373 posts in 1762 days

#15 posted 01-17-2013 03:00 PM

great work

showing 1 through 15 of 21 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics