PINE BOOT - Detailed, Textured, and Dyed!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 11-28-2013 12:22 AM 1663 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was long in coming but I finally came up with something that I could like.

The wood came from a pallet skid and at first glance thought it would be interesting in a natural finish. But I was wrong. There was no character to the grain so I proceeded to put some detail by revealing the toe cap, heel cover and grommets. Still it was not too exciting so I continued with some texturing using my ruby bits. I rough textured the inner surface of the boot, gave a mottled look to the tongue, cross hatched the vamp area and rough rolled the toe cap and heal.

Falling through space (another word for experimenting!) I decided to stain the wood with some dyes to give a contrast to the various sections of the boot and the textured surface of the vamp. First I applied two dark dyes on the toe and heel and a brown dye on the vamp. What a mess! When dry, I sanded the surface lightly and applied a light brown stain to connect all the colours. The deep areas retained the dark dye while the upper surface took the light stain (Ipswich pine) and a contrast appeared.

My first experiment has some promise and I will pursue this technique in the future.


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

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#1 posted 11-28-2013 12:26 AM

Wow that is so much work and so damn cool…I’m so impressed…n at 48 wish I had that kind of patience! Very impressed!

-- we stand behind our work but never under it...(love seeing the look in customers eyes when they hear it)

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#2 posted 11-28-2013 12:28 AM


-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 11-28-2013 12:34 AM

You are a great artisan my friend. I love it!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 11-28-2013 12:54 AM

That is some impressive work!

I really love the way it looks as it reminds me of some of my shoes circa 1953!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#5 posted 11-28-2013 03:15 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 11-28-2013 03:50 AM

out standing

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 11-28-2013 04:04 AM

That certainly is a deviation from the standard. Really nice effect.

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

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#8 posted 11-28-2013 06:13 AM

Just fabulous Roman, nothing more satisfying than to have a play & be tickled pink with the result, love this new direction your on Mate, keep em rolling :)

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

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#9 posted 11-28-2013 06:35 AM


-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 11-28-2013 11:34 AM


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#11 posted 11-28-2013 01:35 PM

love the detail

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#12 posted 11-28-2013 03:52 PM

Thank you all for your comments.

Collecting carving tools ands bits for my bird carving over the past 20 years or so has come in handy to carve and detail ‘funky’ boots and shoes. Don’t be too surprised to see that one of these days one of my boots will have a pair wings in the design!!!

Now it’s back to my carving bench to complete some Christmas orders. RH

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

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#13 posted 11-28-2013 05:33 PM

Marvelous work. My compliments.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#14 posted 11-29-2013 02:06 AM

I have heard the saying,”As Common as an Old Shoe” Man there is nothing common about this. Simply outstanding!!

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#15 posted 11-29-2013 09:12 PM

Fantastic, great detail and finish!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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