Stylized Boot and Decorated Brogue

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Project by Roman Hrytsak posted 02-06-2014 02:56 PM 1205 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

BABY! It’s cold outside! This morning it’s -25 C in Calgary, Alberta. So I decided to stay indoors and post this project.

Two types of carvings – a stylized work boot using Rocky Mountain Juniper with it’s strong colour and grain pattern. I decided to leave it plain as any carved details would not do the piece any justice. The other carving is a detailed and revealed casual brogue made out of basswood. The lack of colour and grain led me to texture the shoe showing characteristics of a brogue. Both carvings were finished with a matte spray.

At this time I would like to share my news about these two carvings. They are two feature projects in my DIY carving book due for release June 2014 from Schiffer Books. You may see the announcement at

The book is titled, what else??—Power Carving Boots & Shoes

Now for a hot rum to warm up!

Cheerio, Roman

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

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 04:08 PM

Very creative and unique carvings ,great job Roman.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-06-2014 05:29 PM

great design, looks amazing, awesome job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 07:18 PM

Always love seeing you amazing work Roman. Thanks, again for sharing with us. Congratulations on your book – looking forward to it.

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

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 10:14 PM

I like the different designs, Roman. Very nicely done! Are you the author of this new book?

-- 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 02-07-2014 11:02 AM

great job as usual mate. i like the natural colour of the Rocky Mountain Juniper.
Keep some timber for firewood.
Congrats for the book it’s probebly a very proud moment and a dream come true.

-- Dave -

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 11:05 AM

Who better to write a book on the art of carving wooden shoes than you Roman?! Congrats on that news and nice work on this project…. as usual.

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

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#7 posted 02-07-2014 01:30 PM

Very nice and elegant.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#8 posted 02-07-2014 01:41 PM

Really awesome!

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

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#9 posted 02-07-2014 01:48 PM

With the weather being that cold I hope there insulated, as usual nice work!

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Roman Hrytsak

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#10 posted 02-07-2014 02:28 PM

Today is Friday and the weather is a bit better – -12 C.

Littlepaw, yes I am the author of the book. Been working on it for the past two years. The carving was the easy part. Putting together the 240 pictures and doing the manuscript was time consuming. But Schiffer has done a great job with the pictures and layout of the book. The company even selected one of my images (Amur cherry hiking boot) for the cover of their Spring/Summer 2014 catalog.

I’m looking forward to June!

Thank you all for the nice compliments. Roman

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

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#11 posted 02-07-2014 06:15 PM

Outstanding there Roman. You can be sure that I will be in line to buy your book. Here is the last pair of shoes that I have carved.

shoes are fun to carve.

-- Richard

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Roman Hrytsak

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#12 posted 02-07-2014 10:20 PM

Hi Richard, They certainly are fun to carve and one can add any characteristic to the carving they want. As I finish one boot, a host of new ideas surface for the next one! Roman

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

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#13 posted 02-08-2014 02:07 AM

A couple of beauties, as we have come to expect from you Roman.
That is a nice promo write up on the site, I expect it will be a winner (Hope so)
I reckon if that’s the outside temp then you deserve at least 2 hot rums :)
Fabulous work

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

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#14 posted 02-08-2014 05:27 AM

I hope they are confortable as they look :-)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 02-11-2014 03:26 PM

They look amazing. Gorgeous wood choices and excellent carving. Congratulations on the book!

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