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PAUL BUNION BOOT - Douglas Fir, Old House Salvage Wood

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 07-22-2019 10:34 PM 426 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of summers ago while finishing a home renovation for a friend, one of the painters knew that I dabbled in boot carving, brought me a a chunk of Douglas fir that was once a main beam in the house they were working on. This house was old and the beam was a good 6 inches by 6 inches. The other clue as to its age was it’s friability.
As I cut out the boot blanks i knew things had to be handled with care. The wood was quite porous. The carving was like carving butter but I did not quit as I had too much respect for the wood and this over-sized work boot is a monument to the tree that produced this wood some 100 years passed.

The boot is for the right foot and a swelling on the big toe gave it’s name.

Enjoy!
The Bootman!

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





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Andrek

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#1 posted 07-22-2019 11:08 PM

Nice to see you back, it’s been a while right ? beautiful work, nicely done as usual , keep on carving.

-- andrek

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woodrookieII

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#2 posted 07-23-2019 12:08 AM

Nicely done Roman!! Your Hickory, Dickory, Dock with mice still resides on the table next to my chair. So pleased to have Roman art!!

....rookieII

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#3 posted 07-23-2019 12:58 AM

Post number 1,000 for you, and it looks great.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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ralbuck

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#4 posted 07-23-2019 02:11 AM

Nice looking boot.

A liottle south of you—Bemidji MN, has Paul and Babe too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 07-23-2019 06:40 AM

And, some pretty handy woRdsmithery, to boot!

-- Mark

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GR8HUNTER

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#6 posted 07-23-2019 02:56 PM

beautiful as always GREAT JOB :<)))

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

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awsum55

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#7 posted 07-23-2019 03:11 PM

Another great carving, I especially like the grain in this one. Congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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htl

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#8 posted 07-23-2019 05:27 PM

The Bootman’s at it again, so so nice!!
I just had to go back and check out all your other projects and boots are just half the story. WOW!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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harum

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#9 posted 07-26-2019 04:36 AM

Great boot, as always! Would you suggest a book or video on making shoe lasts based on measurements? Thanks!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#10 posted 07-26-2019 10:00 PM

Harum, I have no reference book for making shoe lasts. Only to say would be to use calipers to make a series of outside measurements. Trace outer measurement of the shoe (side, top. front and rear profiles), then carve the shape and size by trial and error. Do that for both left and right shoes.

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

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harum

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#11 posted 07-29-2019 01:52 AM

Thank you, Roman! Yes, I have been looking for techniques on how to transfer measurements of actual feet (some more irregularly shaped than others) into smooth lasts. Thanks for writing the book! Definitely, a great help!

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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