Power Carving Boots & Shoes - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Everything you need to know to get started carving footwear.


Power Carving Boots & Shoes

Alberta based Roman Hrytsak has a foot fetish – or more accurately a fetish for carving footwear. In this, his first book, Roman walks you through the process of power carving footwear – work boots, oxfords, brogans, galoshes, mukluks, and probably any other kind of foot accouterment that strikes your fancy.

The book is packed with over excellent 250 photos, plus a dozen patterns to get you started. If you're already a carving aficionado you likely already have all the tools you'll need. If you've never carved before, then you will need to spurge on a few basic tools to get started – a rotary power tool fitted with a flex-shaft hand piece, some carving burrs, a few sanding drums, a few sheets of sandpaper, glue, and a finish of some kind – wax will do nicely.

There is probably more photos than text in this book. Roman's approach is on showing you want to do, and amplifying the images with text, rather than the other way around. I think it's a rather successful plan of attack. After all, carving isn't about slavish reproduction, but more about achieving a look and feel that you can only get through trial and error. All the instruction in the world is of no use unless you put it into practice.

Whether you're a novice who is just entering the realm of carving, or a seasoned aficionado of the craft, this book will open up new vistas for you to explore and enjoy.


Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: Why Wooden Boots & Shoes
  • Chapter 1: Getting Ready to Carve
  • Chapter 2: Block to Blank to Boot
  • Chapter 3: The Next Step
  • Chapter 4: Carving a Stylized Wooden Boot
  • Chapter 4: Carving a Detailed and Textured Lady's Brogue
  • Conclusion
  • Gallery
  • Patterns

PUBLISHER:Schiffer Books
FORMAT:Softcover, 64 pages
AUTHOR:Roman Hrytsak
November 2014

Carl Duguay
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