Shoe challenge - TJ65

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Project by Jordan posted 11-12-2010 08:40 AM 3809 views 3 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

TJ65 writes: This carving course was certainly an experience for me. When it was all over and finished with, I swear it had taken months not just the 2-3 weeks.
Jordan mentioned that he used the paper lengths to measure things. Well I was having trouble with that so I reverted to using metric ruler. As each notch is easy to halve (well that’s what I thought!) With the initial figuring out of correct measurements this certainly was the case. As things eventuated and I had to measure virtually every little bump and crevice it became increasingly harder to do, and my head was starting to explode with having to halve each tiny measurement. Some days I could only work on it for a couple of hours before it became to much. Having said all this, I would do it all again this way but next time write down some of the most commonly used ones.
When it started to resemble a boot I had a little more faith in what I was doing and it sort of flowed a lot easier, as I could “see” the things that had to be done. Now it was just a matter of plodding along and doing them. I think the top of the boot where the laces tie up was the most difficult and this is where I lost my way a little. But once I could ‘see’ again it was much better.
When the carving had finished I still thought ‘oh yea this is ok’, but it really came alive, to me anyway, when I put colour onto it. It then looked like it was supposed to, – A BOOT!!!!! I actually had CARVED a boot!!! and to make things even better it really looks like the one I copied.
Talk about over the moon and dancing all about shouting at every moment- “Look, I actually carved that boot”!!!!!! I really couldn’t believe that it was possible.
But what I have learnt from this experience is don’t underestimate your own capabilities. Just give it a go, you might surprise your self, I know I did!!!

Theresa (TJ65)


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#1 posted 11-12-2010 09:52 AM

I’m impressed

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 11:28 AM

You have some real talent! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 12:04 PM

very impressed!
my head also felt like it was exploding at times … I clearly do not have your self-control to work through it :)
Amazing job.. all of those creases .. fantastic job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 01:18 PM

Amazing is all I can say.

-- E.R. Bunn,

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 01:25 PM

You did a wonderful job, Theresa! It is beautiful! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 02:15 PM

Excellent job!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 02:15 PM

Truly amazing arvings. And, everyone did well!! But, looking at the front page right now, you would think it is a used shoe site :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 11-12-2010 02:45 PM

super fantastic job

-- wizzardofwood..... "ITS MY JOB TO AMAZE YOU"

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#9 posted 11-12-2010 03:00 PM

Wow – You shoere did a great job on that!!! And with laces to boot!

-- Anything is possible when you have no idea what you're talking about.

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#10 posted 11-12-2010 03:11 PM

That is a boot worthy of a place by any fire. Well done, it’s a great achievement.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 11-12-2010 03:13 PM

That’s a great boot! Amazing detail Isn’t it fun?

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#12 posted 11-12-2010 03:22 PM

You did a marvelous job on this boot. And yes, it really does look like a boot- and very much resembles the original! I like how you left OFF the Nike insignia. Good move. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 11-12-2010 03:51 PM

Great job Theresa, NOW you know you can carve anything, even carve a Warshirt like Jordan. It will just take a lot more time but you CAN do it.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 11-12-2010 03:55 PM

I thought the first picture was of the original! You really did well on the painting – as well as the carving. Very nice and congrats on an excellent carving!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 11-12-2010 03:55 PM

You did a fantastic job on your boot, well done.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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