SOUL MATES - Next step - Roughing Out!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 08-24-2017 03:13 PM 893 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To start the roughing out process I mark the shape of the shoe on the under side of the boot blank. This is done to ensure that you don’t carve away too much of the bottom edge which will be required for the glue-up. Also I mark out the left and right boot to help in shaping the boot, i.e. big toe vs. little toes.
Next I mark out the toe cap with a centre line and guide lines to follow when rounding out. Now you see the importance of toe designations. I also mark with hash marks the wood to be removed in the lace up area. This is entirely the choice of the carver whether or not you want an ‘insy’ or an ‘outsy’ curve. This step also is the start to the upper curve of the vamp. Picture 4 shows the amount of wood to be removed to start the process. Result of this roughing out is shown in pictures 5 and 6.
The boot blank is now starting to look like an old boot. The tongue wood will be thinned and refined and the final sculpting and shaping will follow. The juncture of the toe cap and vamp will be rounded for fit and all that remains is the finishing.

Back to my carving shed. Until next time , I remain,

The Bootman.

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

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#1 posted 08-24-2017 05:51 PM

Roman, always a pleasure to see your work be it finished or WIP. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 08-24-2017 10:05 PM

Real nice boots, Roman!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-25-2017 02:01 PM

Hot weather must really get your blood flowing, you are really hot. turning out boots like there is no tomorrow, Inspiring, will have to give it another go when I get home, just arrived at friends place in Oregon last night, will be home before the snow flies, that will chase me into the shop.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 08-27-2017 11:05 AM

You imagination is so amazing sir… Boots from a chunk of wood!!! WOW!!!

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

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