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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 09-01-2017 07:41 PM 3118 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had to start September on the right foot, so I got into some of Bushmaster’s cedar corral fence post’s he brought me from the B.C. Okanagan a little over a year ago.
Corral’s mean cowboys so the western style boot got into my mind. Tried to preserve some of exterior character of the wood and compliment it with cedar grain character of the inner wood. The result- the Bushmaster Boot!
Sealed the piece with some spray on lacquer, It was fun to carve.


The Bootman

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

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#1 posted 09-01-2017 08:08 PM

Great looking “cowboy” boot. I see that boot has even had the experience of “Fixin’ Fence”.

Here is something I have written over a decade ago about that entertainment! This describes it in NW North Dakota’s Des Lacs River Valley(South side: as North had very few natural trees!)

Fix’n Fence

These words always made breakfast tense
Great way to ruin a day

First- an hour of hard work to load

Shovels, wire, stretchers, staples, hammers, posts, bars,

diggers, pliers, water, extra gloves, extra clothes

Everyone thinks of fence as straight neat lines

On the edge of the river valley; the only straight in the fence is when it goes straight down

zigs, zags, ups, downs, corners, curves, anything except straight

swamp, brush,rocks, trees, washouts, nearly vertical hills

places you couldn’t get the pickup to within a quarter mile of

Fixing fifty year old stiff, brittle, razor sharp barbed wire

Knew the fence was going to claim some of your blood
Splice here—- Stretch—- Breaks there

Splice again—loosen to stretch—breaks somewhere else—repeat process

Slip and slide down the steep hill, fall and roll to the bottom
everything you were carrying lands on you

looking for lost tools and staples
Thistle spines in your hands and thorns in your knees

Mosquitoes, gnats, hornets, deer flies, ticks, and ground bees

Half deep enough the digger hits solid rock

Move over two feet and try again, again, again,

Some places three posts skipped, Double brace on each side and hope

If never again I fix fence


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

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#2 posted 09-01-2017 10:00 PM

A great way to showcase your “conversion” skills of an old fence post into a classy piece of carving Roman.

Hey ralbuck, bet the first beer never touched the sides after that days toil :: )))


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

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#3 posted 09-02-2017 02:50 AM

You did a wonderful job on the cowboy boot, Nice to see somthing of beauty come out of that old fence. Nice cedar wood though for being so old. All the family got together on the 13 the of August for a 125 year celebration since the farm was homesteaded. This morning I put two video’s on Utube about a hay hauling machine that he made, also have footage of other thing to on the farm. will get more video’s up someday. Here is a link for the first one
Railbuck has it about right.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 09-02-2017 02:13 PM

Wow! Roman, I love this boot and the wood is also beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-02-2017 02:33 PM

I just keep coming back to view this boot. It has family ties. It was a top 3 too, very special.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 09-03-2017 11:18 PM

Now that’s a cowboy boot if i even saw one…top job Roman

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

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