BOOTS GALORE! Cowboy boots from an AMUR CHERRY log. Part 3

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 07-14-2018 11:10 PM 2030 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After five hours of power carving the dust flew and the left boot from the pair of blanks took shape. Had used a hot wax glue gun to secure the front and back of the boot blanks, This allowed me to shape the outer profile of the boot and make the wood look like a boot.
When you look at the two blocks, a considerable amount of wood has been removed. For all intents and purposes the outer surface of the left boot has been completed. Now for the inner wood.
Pictures 4, 5, and 6 show that I have split the boot along the wax glue line and have hash marked the areas that are to be removed. I leave a good 1/4 inch to 1/2 an inch of wood as guide lines. When the wood is removed, the inner walls will be refined, sanded and will be made ready for re-assembly.
I carve the sole and heel and make the pieces fit and prepare them for gluing after all carving is complete.. When the vamp is set as one piece, I will do some final detailing and finishing at this stage.
No major disasters this time apart from one of the soles splitting as this was an end grain which has a tendency to crack. Two-part epoxy spared me much agony.
Hope to be back to inner wood removal tomorrow and who knows I might get this project completed by next week’s end.
Hope you enjoy the process as much as I have enjoyed sharing my boot carving technique with you.

The Bootman!

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

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#1 posted 07-15-2018 12:03 AM

You’re making good progress on that project. The grain of the right piece in the second picture looks like it would be a real challenge to deal with. When I look at the first post in this series it’s hard to believe that you’re able to bring that piece of wood to this stage.

-- Calgary Bill

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#2 posted 07-15-2018 02:01 AM

Nice work!!!
When I first saw this post I thought you were making book ends. :-]

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#3 posted 07-15-2018 02:13 AM

wow Roman … even the foot part will be hollow … GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#4 posted 07-15-2018 05:58 AM

I know that I certainly appreciate you explaining your process. Not that I could ever hope to do such beautiful work, but it satisfies my curiosity. You know the anatomy of shoes and boots like artists that mostly draw human figures know where every muscle and vein is. Again, beautiful work and thanks for sharing.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#5 posted 07-15-2018 12:57 PM

I love these boots. These are so nice, Roman.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 07-15-2018 01:51 PM

those are awesome boots, Roman! and they aren’t even done! so cool :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#7 posted 07-15-2018 01:59 PM

enjoying this process, master at work.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 07-15-2018 03:15 PM

Good progress Roman, they are looking great.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 07-15-2018 08:34 PM

These are so nice, wonderful details

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 07-15-2018 08:45 PM

Think you must be a reincarnated Clog maker from Amsterdam…. Amazing work Roman your Boots look fantadtic.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#11 posted 07-15-2018 09:09 PM

Roman, it sometimes looks like those boots just walk right out of that chunk of wood. You are no doubt the professional boot maker of LJ’s

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 07-16-2018 11:12 AM

Very beautiful work, as usual. keep on making wood chips.,,, and boots.

-- andrek

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