My carved boot

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Project by TJ65 posted 11-22-2010 08:43 AM 3040 views 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really didn’t want to do this but I had to repost it so it I would have it in my project area. As this is my first proper 3D carving I really had to have it here.
This is the origional post here
There is more photos there and my initial thoughts after I had finished it.
And this is the link to the other shoes
Someone asked “just how long did it take- I really would hate to think as it consumed all my free time. Some days it was all day, others I could only manage a couple of hours. It was done over 3 weeks but OMG I thought it was soooo much longer.
On this post I’ve included some of the pictures of what it looked like along the way. I got a bit stuck at the lace area and that is why I took a photo as I had to send it to Jordan to ask how to go about it. The other one in the raw is how it looked just before I painted it. I have recently found out that the lump of wood I used was Huon Pine. It has a very distinct and strong aroma and easy to carve.
As for how I finished it (it still amazes me That I actually did finish it)
What I used to colour the leather part of the boot was a walnut stain. I didn’t want a solid colour here. As the real boot is very worn and patchy. Even then (as Jordan instructed) I used some 0000 steel wool to take more of the stain off in certain (worn) areas. The other bits were painted with some acrylic craft paint I used Jo Sonjas as I had a buket load. It was great to use here to.
Usually colours aren’t always the primary colours and black isn’t always black. So I had to mix my colours to get the colours that I wanted. (I actually added some blue into the black for the sole) Once I got the colours I was after It was then thinned them down quite a bit, (the sole not as much as it had to look like rubber).
1- so it would be easier to paint on the wood
2- so as with the stain, it wouldn’t be a solid colour.
3-I wanted the detailed bits of carving to show up.
After all that hard work carving I didn’t want to mess it up with the last step of painting.
The final coat was done with a matt finish poly varnish, also from Jo Sonjas. Because once again to try to keep the old and worn look. I scuffed this a bit too on the toe because it was too shiny and buffed other areas in keeping with the look of leather.

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 09:51 AM

You did an excellent job on the boot. Kudos

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 10:56 AM

A job well done… it is beautiful and as all the results of the ‘shoe carving project’ reflect….Jordon is a fabulous teacher of carving. I may do a shoe one day (free time allowing) as I’ve never done one before, and yours, Theresa, as all the others are certainly inspiring.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 11:06 AM

you really did do a fantastic job!

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

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 12:23 PM

Theresa, I must say that that is a great job of carving that boot, especially considering the fact that this was your first serious try at carving in the round. Nice work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 12:26 PM

What a awesome job, i love the carving details in your boot.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 12:55 PM

G’day Theresa, what a great carving, and the brilliant painting makes it looked like a much loved boot that has seem many a mile in the bush.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#7 posted 11-22-2010 12:57 PM

Wow! You are GOOD! I’m impressed. If you can duplicate a shoe that well, I can’t wait to see your future carvings.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 11-22-2010 01:51 PM

Incredible project. You’ve got great carving abilities Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 11-22-2010 01:58 PM

All I can say is, Amazing!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#10 posted 11-22-2010 03:17 PM

Wow..what a great carving and great painting it is, two in one.
I agree with all comments above but as a personal opinion, I dont like painting any wood carving project. In other word, you’ve covered great carving object with great painting.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 11-22-2010 03:26 PM

Wow, you are one great carver. It looks like you could slip your foot in it!!

Thanks for sharing . You have such a great talent!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-22-2010 03:37 PM

This is a truly masterful piece, Theresa. Fantastic job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 11-22-2010 03:37 PM

Simply Awesome Theresa! Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 11-22-2010 03:52 PM

I read somewhere that finishing is half the effort of a woodworking project. When I see the transformation after your paint & stain I would have to agree. The final piece looks like the real thing! You did a great job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 11-22-2010 03:56 PM

Very well done!!! And your first try! You are a natural artist. What size shoe did you carve?

-- Dennis Zongker

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