"HAPPY FACE" - driftwood from Kootenay lake, Southern Interior B.C.

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 07-11-2017 01:18 AM 1777 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This boot is dedicated to my carving friend Roger. Last week I received a telephone call from him inviting me for a visit. I had not heard from him for a least 7 years and welcomed the invitation when it arrived.
Roger and I carved together and he continued to take lessons from me for several years to come. He spent his winters in Arizona and continued to carve and compete at carving shows whenever he could. Many times he cleaned up on the ribbons and trophies!
Visiting with him last week was my farewell to my carving friend as he was down sizing his equipment and large cache of weird wood he collected from his travels. Happy Face came from a piece of driftwood he found in the interior of British Columbia. It had been nicely polished from being buffeted along the lake shore. Wood specie I think is spruce. So here is Roger’s boot and it is called ‘Happy Face’ for the feature shown in picture five.

Enjoy your retirement again, Roger!

Your carving friend, The BOOTMAN!

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

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#1 posted 07-11-2017 05:33 AM

Interesting history to go with this one Roman. Glad to hear that you and Roger enjoyed your time together, and I hope that he enjoys his retirement. There’s a lot more of that wood in Kootenay lake, so bring a boat next time.
Nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 07-11-2017 05:57 AM

You are a man of tremendous talent.
Just beautiful


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 07-11-2017 07:27 AM

I do hope your friend Roger keeps up his hobby in his retirement as to be half as creative as you Roman will keep him going for years of good health….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#4 posted 07-11-2017 12:24 PM

Very nicely carved and polished. with travels and work now having trouble keeping up to you. if it is too hot there come up and do some carving here, cool here and especially in the shop.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 07-11-2017 08:00 PM

always love seeing your latest creation Roman, :)
great result as usual

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

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#6 posted 07-11-2017 09:02 PM

Nice project and know the happy face would be interesting but brought a LOL to my lips.

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