BOOTS GALORE! Cowboy boots from an AMUR CHERRY log.

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 07-13-2018 10:12 PM 822 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received a commission to carve a pair of cowboy boots for a young couple’s wedding present. The couple are strongly into the rodeo circuit so I was challenged to carve a pair of western style boots.
The boots will be approximately 3/4 sized so I needed a substantial size of wood to get adequate height for the vamp and proportioned toe cap. Into my wood pile I went and found this huge Amur cherry stump with its many branches. The reason it has been sitting in my cache for the last 4 years was its complex configuration. Where do I make the first cut and how can I take advantage of the complex grain patterns. The next problem was the method of cutting, which facet did I expose. I didn’t have access to a chain saw so my first cut was made with a wedge and sledge hammer. The two resulting pieces could now be reduced to prepare my boot blanks with my bandsaw.
Using a pattern I had used for other boots, I established the best location of the bandsaw cut to ensure adequate height, width and toe length. A profile of the pattern was drawn on one side of the log and on to the bandsaw.
Trim cuts were made to rough shape the boot. Using my technique of carving a ‘Roman style’ boot, my first cut in blank preparation was to remove the sole and heel (platform).
Next to enable me to carve out the inner wood, I split the boot blank the length of the upper wood or vamp. I do this before I start the outside shaping when the wood is squared up. Before I start the outer shaping of the boot, I hot glue the vamp into one piece to be able to control the outer carving process. When the outside surface is complete, detailed and sole fitted, I gently split the two vamp halves and complete the boot with the removal of the inner wood.
It is easy to control the thickness of the boot wall with this technique. (Now the secret is out!)
With a bit of spit, shine and polish, the two halves can be glued and re-assembled with the completed heel and sole.
Hope the pictures give you a glimpse into this type of construction. Next post will show the carving and finished pair. Tune in again!
The Bootman

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

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#1 posted 07-13-2018 10:25 PM

Really looking forward to see the finished product! Your boots and shoes always amaze me.

-- Calgary Bill

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#2 posted 07-14-2018 06:56 PM

I will enjoy the journey and can’t wait to the see the finished boots..

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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