Mahogany - Pallett Skids Make Good Boots

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 05-18-2011 09:33 PM 2168 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I rummaged through a dumpster and found this wood a few years back. The skids from the pallett were wide enough and long enough for me to try something different than the ‘L’il Abner boots’ I had been carving. Adopting a new design to my boot creations I left the rough cut sitting in my shed for a a couple of years and had got up the courage to complete the project these past few weeks.
I was a bit thin around the instep but decided to finish the slipper which in the end turned out okay.
The stain is Minwax Gunstock Orange and finished with Lee Valley’s Gel Finish.
Size: 8 inches long, 3 1/2 inches tall at the heel and 2 1/2 inches general width. Any takers???!!!!

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

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#1 posted 05-18-2011 09:42 PM

Bet you could get some long wear out of those….shoes are a fun and interesting subject for carving. Great job dumpster diving….that wood is worth the effort….excellent job.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Kent Shepherd

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#2 posted 05-18-2011 10:38 PM

That is awesome. Nice work!

Thanks for sharing


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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 05-18-2011 11:49 PM

Roman, you are an amazing carver who continues to delight.
Thanks for showing us another project “with sole”.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 05-18-2011 11:58 PM

Roman, I wont take up the Cinderella offer, I wear a size 13 so I think this may not fit :)))))))
great job as usual. that “elastic”tensioner looks pretty real to me.
hey why would you want to go buy timber with such lovely firewood & dumpster wood lying about for free

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 12:29 AM

Looks like a favorite comfortable shoe. Nice design, cool wood, awesome…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 05-19-2011 12:42 AM

it looks great to me , good effort

-- jim nevada

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#7 posted 05-19-2011 02:56 AM

That’s High Stepping Roman. A fancy departure uptown. Good looking shoe from such humble beginnings. It has sole…. I mean, soul.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#8 posted 05-19-2011 03:28 AM

I’m not really into carvings, but I like this.
And I can appreciate the work that goes into this type of project.
You took really good pictures with the wood in the background.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#9 posted 05-19-2011 04:04 AM

Amazing! Great pics too!

-- christopheralan

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#10 posted 05-19-2011 06:45 AM

Sir thank you for sharing your art. One of my kids asked if the boot is hollow? I even went through your project photos. My wife loved the bird carvings. Very talented. Your hands must be tired.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#11 posted 05-19-2011 10:46 AM

I am in awe of work like this… It’s Fantastic!!
I too, looked through your projects, and am amazed that I missed all of them up until now…
You have a gift my Friend…
Thanks for sharing it!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 05-20-2011 03:25 AM

What a great project. I bet if placed on a coffee table it would be a great conversation starter

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

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#13 posted 05-20-2011 02:59 PM

Thank you all for your nice comments.
I like taking pictures of my boots in amongst the wood pile from where they came. Just adds a little to the mood, creativity, etc.
My clients have had these boots on their coffee tables and they do become great conversation pieces. The boots are quite tactile and lead to being fondled!

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

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#14 posted 07-18-2015 10:30 AM

That’s a fairy shoe, gives me a nice feeling!

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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