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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 09-14-2013 10:42 PM 1209 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several months ago I had an opportunity to visit a respected furniture maker’s shop just south of our city. The yard and his shop was full of wood in all shapes and sizes. The wood was neatly piled in slabs to ensure adequate drying.
As a furniture maker his wood has to be well seasoned to fit his needs in our climate. After a tour of his facilities he allowed me to take some wood home and I came across a lone piece of log sitting in the middle of his yard. Species unknown! It was bleached by the sun and had a dark inner core so was of interest to me in carving a boot. Splitting the log I found that the wood was decaying badly and the texture ranged from soft to hard. The outer edges of the log had been infested with worms. The coloration varied from a light exterior to a mottled darker interior. Getting this far I cut out a blank for my boot and went at it with a vengeance. The result was an old woodworkers boot!
The final product was sealed and polished with several coats of Claphams wax.

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

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 10:46 PM

Very nice wood working. You did an amazing job with the wood you had.

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

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 10:57 PM

Without any doubt it amazing carving master piece, nice story as well. Does pic #4 suggest you will carve the right hand boot of the pair? Congratulation.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 12:14 AM

Haven’t seen you about for a while Roman, man you have certainly not lost your special touch, this is another beauty they are just so real you want to try them on. Hope this means you’re back in action.
Always great to see a masters work :)

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

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#4 posted 09-15-2013 12:14 AM

That is amazing, I do not have any idea how you could do that.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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Roman Hrytsak

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#5 posted 09-15-2013 01:03 AM

Sam, that is the intent to carve a match. You have just inspired me!
Hi Pete, I’ve been busy with teaching carving classes and some home renovation work. Plus I have carved some women’s shoes but have not posted them. They are prototypes for a class in November.

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

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#6 posted 09-15-2013 04:30 AM

Cool! Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 09-15-2013 08:47 AM

Awsome, realistic!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 09-15-2013 09:48 AM

Long time between drinks. Amazing as usual. Is ther any plans for classes in Aus?

-- Dave -

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#9 posted 09-15-2013 12:15 PM

‘Boot Hill’ has nothing on you! Been awhile since your last posted project. Glad to see your work reappear. I really like the shoelace ‘grommets’. Nicely done!

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

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Roman Hrytsak

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#10 posted 09-15-2013 01:28 PM

Thank you woodworkers for your kind comments. I know it has been a long time between ‘drinks’ but the creative juices have not stopped to flow. Have been working on a project, i.e. like a boot carving manual, hope to have it ready in the near future. OOOPs have I let the cat out of the bag??!!

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

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#11 posted 09-15-2013 04:59 PM

I do not know how you did it but it is marvelous

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#12 posted 09-15-2013 05:43 PM

WOW, awesome

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 09-15-2013 06:01 PM

Very nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 09-18-2013 06:51 PM

Gorgeous wooden boot! Cool design and impressive carving. Excellent work!

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#15 posted 09-19-2013 12:39 AM

That is really kool.

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

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