POOH AND PAPA BEAR- Douglas fir experiment!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 08-12-2016 10:01 PM 1325 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two boots made from the same species of wood but from different time periods.
The large boot was carved from a Douglas fir beam taken from an old home that was being renovated. My friend, a house painter, came across this beam and threw me a challenge – beam to boot! The wood was thoroughly dehydrated and lacking in sap for as I cut out the blank it was prone to easy splitting and fragmentation. Carefully I cut out the boot blank and proceeded to remove wood with my power carvers. It carved like butter! Finishing it with wipe on poly ‘Papa bear’ came into existence.
The smaller boot came from a piece of laminated pallet skid. The dimensions on the wood were short and tight so I cut the boot blank in a rather convoluted way to increase the character and style of the boot. I did notice the knot and cut the blank so that this would show prominently. When carved ‘little Pooh bear came to mind. I hope you have a good imagination!
Enjoy the family!

Roman, the Bootman.

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

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#1 posted 08-12-2016 10:47 PM

You do DO amazing work!

I do have questions; what do you do with all the boots?

Not a wearable pair that I have seen, or did I miss them?

They are still nice, but I bet you have a houseful!

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

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#2 posted 08-12-2016 10:59 PM

Nice job!

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#3 posted 08-12-2016 11:35 PM

My, that is a mighty fine pair of Brogans.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 08-12-2016 11:47 PM

ANOTHER GREAT STORY …..........and another nice set of boots …...kind of have same ? as ralbuck what do you do with all them boots ..LOL .......GREAT JOB

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#5 posted 08-13-2016 01:19 AM

Fir lined boots …... Classy!
That old beam was some nice old growth.
Nice job as always

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

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#6 posted 08-13-2016 03:22 AM

Thanks for the question regarding my inventory of boots. Some I sell, some I give away to help advertise my product. and others are on display for anyone wishing to buy a unique bit of art. Also when someone gives me a bit of wood, I return the favour with a boot, I give them the boot so to speak.

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

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#7 posted 08-13-2016 05:57 AM


-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#8 posted 08-13-2016 05:50 PM

You boots are really wonderful!
How many hours does it take to make a boot.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 08-13-2016 07:57 PM

This is a very nice set of boots and they will make a great accent for a room and a fine conversation piece to ‘boot’.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 08-14-2016 02:14 AM

Nice boots for sue as always, nifty, what kind of wood would you like from the north west. Have you ever used the yellow cedar.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 08-14-2016 02:49 AM

A mile or two left in this pair Roman, love clean example of your craftsman ship, well done of the DT3

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

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#12 posted 08-16-2016 02:09 AM

simply amazing – great work!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#13 posted 08-22-2016 12:12 PM

You are a boot-maker for sure.

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

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