Phoenix

Many boot makers use one tongue shape and it’s one of the defining and recognizable features of their boots. I have a tongue shape I use most often but once in a while I like to switch it up, so the Phoenix boots are getting an unusual and special design. Don’t worry about the discolorations on the leather; it’s just baby powder and it’s easier to watch it disappear when I wet the boots to last them than try to rub it away.

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Checks are for old people

I still occasionally use checks (I know, I’m old) and I ran out, so I designed a new picture check for myself.

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Wings and feathers

I stitched all the wings and feathers, but I still have to add the top band. I’ll leave that for tomorrow–I’ll need something to do then, right?

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Wings, accents, and eyes

I skived all of the little accent holes in the wings today. Oh, and I gave the Phoenix an eye and skived that too.

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Still adding pieces

There’s still more skiving to do; next I need to skive all of the orange holes so I can layer in the yellow piece behind them. But that’s a job for tomorrow.

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Favorite things

I spent most of my day skiving, but fortunately sitting and skiving all day is one of my favorite things. It’s incredibly easy on a design like this to accidentally skive off a point and have to cut the entire top again and start over, but I’m proud to say that did not happen. The pile of colors off to the right is pieces I’ll need to cut out and skive tomorrow.

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Phoenix rising

I’m starting a new pair of boots. This is a design I’ve done before titled “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” updated with a Cherokee Star top band.

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“This Is The Last Cowboy Song”

Introducing “This Is The Last Cowboy Song.” The song is only a lament for cowboys but somehow that seems historically correct.
“… the voices sound sad as they’re singing along, another piece of America’s lost…”
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Almost finished

I’ll let them sit on the trees overnight so they’ll have a nice shape, then final polish and they’re done!

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Almost

The next step is building the heels; they’re almost finished!

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