GNARLY WILLOW - cowboy boot, a challenge!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 12-21-2017 05:32 PM 918 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My client brought me a log of gnarly willow, cut into 4 foot lengths for ease of handling. As soon as I saw the log I knew I was in trouble. I couldn’t discern where tree bark , convolutions and inner tree wood went. So out came the chain saw and a rip was made to get to the inner wood. Surprise! All sorts of things showed up from inner rot to growth ring separation, red colour, and convoluted tree wood and bark. And I’m commissioned to carve a full sized cowboy boot in two weeks time. This would take more that a bottle of Scotch!
Looking at the mess of wood it was soon established that a full-sized boot was impossible. So my creative juices were summoned and I decided to carve the pair of boots showing inner growth character on one side and live-edge bark on the other side. The above pictures show the result or struggle I had with the wood. These boots are for a ‘crotchety- old cowboy’ with a few years left in him ready to go to the local saloon and do a bit of floor shuffling with the gals! Now ain’t that a picture!

The ‘crotchety-old BOOTMAN!

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

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 08:19 PM

sometimes the impossible is possible and you did it !

great end result

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 11:40 PM

Nice boots! Hey; 2 bottles of good scotch and I will wear them.

Quit telling on me! Oh, I am not “crotchety” I am plain damned GROUCHY!! Everyone has too have one thing they are really good at!

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

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#3 posted 12-22-2017 05:07 AM

Those are really something. to work around problems with that piece of wood. Might have been an ugly piece but you gave it new life and character. Well done.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 12-22-2017 11:44 AM

Nice work as usual, I agree with ralbuck I will have a scotch but I won’t wear your boots, no offense but I surely put them on display
Very happy holidays keep on the good work.

-- andrek

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#5 posted 12-22-2017 03:22 PM

These boots have a lot of creative character. Nice work, Roman.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 12-30-2017 08:04 AM

Who would have though such beauty was hidden under that rough looking bark…

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

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#7 posted 12-30-2017 09:42 PM

Strangest looking boots I’ve ever seen. These are great! Lots of character in them.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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