WILLOWS WHITEN, ASPENS QUIVER,.........little breezes...........

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 07-10-2016 07:47 PM 2096 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Again!
You may think that I don’t sleep at night with so many posts lately! The truth is I have a lot of winter projects that are now being completed. With my new workshop, I can spend a few extra hours carving and enjoying the birds that have moved into the eaves of my shed and are raising their little ones. I’ve been scolded many times by the parents of these fledglings and have learned to keep my manners.
Back to the boot story.
I had a piece of left-over willow that was a slab from a previous carving blank. The slab was a bit short for width and height but I was not going to throw out the bark feature. So with my bandsaw a three piece blank, namely sole, toecap/tongue and shortened vamp came into being.
With my carving burrs the two faced boot came into the picture. The live edge on the left side of the boot had too much character and colour to take any kind of detailing while the right side of the boot showed the inner workings of the willow tree. As luck would have it, the flow lines of the boot shape, bark and grain complimented each other.
Now you can sit down, pull out the music from the Mikado and hum the tune…....tit willow, tit willow, tit willow…...
Inspiring, isn’t it!!!?
Roman , the Bootman

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

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#1 posted 07-10-2016 09:26 PM

A masterful presentation, Roman. You’re like a good glass of wine to lighten the heart, and sooth the dispepsia.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 07-11-2016 02:02 AM

Nice boot; excellently photographed too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 07-11-2016 05:34 AM

I feel slightly ignorant for not understanding what i’m looking at here. Taking it purely as an artistic piece it’s beautiful, simply beautiful. I’m a huge fan of live edge pieces. On the other hand if this is meant to be a stylized old boot or shoe that’s also very nice as I love when people take an everyday object and either recreate it artistically, like here, or use the actual item in an art piece. either way wonderful work.

-- The wood often tells me what it wants to be... great... now the voices in my head have company....;-P

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#4 posted 07-11-2016 05:40 AM

So, are you planning on building some Boot Houses for your bird tenants when they return next year?
Keep ‘em coming Roman.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 07-11-2016 01:44 PM

Druid, would these be boot houses, or bird boots!!!??? The birds give me joy as do my boot carvings. So that must place me in the realm of ecstasy!
Snoman, I got through this feeling each time I pick up my found wood and cut a blank for an unusual work of art. Thanks for the comments.

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

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