BABA'S BOOT - a prototype for a pending boot carving class at Lee Valley

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 07-04-2016 01:18 AM 1216 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m preparing for a boot house power carving course to be held next November at Lee Valley Calgary. This is the prototype I have developed using a piece of Amur cherry wood. The wood was large enough to include some bark which I required for the roof of the house. Cutting out the blank I had a bark covered roof, vamp, toe cap and sole – four pieces that were separated by a bandsaw exercise. Separation allowed me to carve a unique styled wooden shoe described in the nursery rhyme, .....there once was an old woman who lived in a shoe, she had so many…...
I incorporated an extra roof line to take in the toe-cap line for interest. BUT I didn’t make any windows or doors, leaving that to the viewer’s imagination. The natural grain of the Amur cherry was enough for me.
Sanded for finish, I topped the wood with a French polish.
Hope that Baba (grandmother) would be proud.

Roman, the BOOTMAN

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#1 posted 07-04-2016 02:20 AM

Enjoy your class Roman. You have a lot to give.
This is a very posh abode, much nicer than the one I remember illustrated in the childrens’ books.
The grain of that cherry is really nice as well.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 07-04-2016 08:02 AM

Roman, you astound me. I don’t recall whether I ever shared this with you. If I did, here it is again. You might consider windows and doors in such a thing. I know you can do it justice.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 07-04-2016 03:29 PM

Always amazing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 07-04-2016 03:52 PM

I am sure Baba is more than proud of this piece of craftsmanship. Just beautiful lines and the cherry grain is very nice. You did good!

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

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#5 posted 07-07-2016 03:53 PM

Nice. I’d take your course for sure if you were about 2500 km further east.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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