The Maestro's Boot! Douglas fir laminate.

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 06-06-2018 04:39 PM 652 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got some large dimension Douglas fir off-cuts given to me. The pieces on their own would not have been sufficient to cut a carving blank for a ‘Roman-style’ boot Luckily I was able to laminate two pieces of wood, matching the light coloured grain. A bandsaw allowed me to cut the blank with the grain going vertical to the boot.
Since the wood mass was close to being short, I became creative when doing the cut so that the lace-up area was a bit exaggerated and extended. I wasn’t sure where this was going to take me and out came my Foredom power carver and the burrs soon had the shape of the boot roughed out, ready for detailing.
This piece of Douglas fir had some exquisite colour and grain pattern. I even had some bark on one of the pieces and this was incorporated into the design of the boot.
The flow of the grain in an up and down direction gave me a chance to extend the pattern into the sole. Instead of a square cut I chose to round the edge and splay the bottom line outward to give the boot a continuous flow from top to bottom.
Now the Maestro. Imagine yourselves at a classical concert at the Met and in walks the conductor. Silence falls throughout and you hear a slight tap of the baton when the arms are raised. The music is heavenly! The boot is synchronized with the Maestro!
The Bootman

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

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#1 posted 06-06-2018 05:12 PM

beautiful boot story and the pictures are WOW …. ANOTHER GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#2 posted 06-07-2018 11:47 PM

Just kickin along there Roman.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 06-08-2018 05:53 PM

Don’t alway think of fir to be that great for carved projects, but they sure look great,

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 06-10-2018 06:31 AM

Love the grain in the timber, down under with call that timber oregon Roman….

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

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