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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Boot making as therapy

Today I practiced a little bit of the Self Employed Person’s Physical Therapy (suck it up and do it anyway). I tore up several things in my left arm a few months ago and this stitch requires spreading the arms wide, which isn’t easy for me right now. By the time I finished I had a little more range of motion!
Typically an average man’s pair of boots takes me about 45 minutes per boot to stitch. The first boot of this pair fought me every step of the way and took a good hour and a half. The second boot was a little lamb and was finished in 35 minutes. Maybe my arm was better or maybe that’s just life.
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Baby birds

I’m envying boot makers with normal sized feet at the moment. To make this design for myself I had to shrink it down until it’s right on the edge of what’s possible. It was hard to cut out, hard to skive, and it will be difficult to stitch—there is no margin for error.

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Lasting

They’re on the last now, and beginning to look like boots.

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