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25 February 2009

Back to Boot Scrapers – the Banished, the Buried and the Broken

Sounds like a great title for a film, eh?
Though I may be the only person who would be interested enough to go and see it...
Ah, boot scrapers... What should do with one if you don't get muddy boots? Should you ignore it in the hope it might go away? Should you block up its gaping mouth and disguise the embarrassment with paint? Should you leave it festering and lonely at the end of the garden? Perhaps you could bury it up to the blade in tiles or concrete? Or, as in one case here, if half of it breaks off, upset it further by flaunting a new one in front of it. But that may be better than just leaving it standing on one leg with not even a pot plant for company. Poor little things.
To see more of my boot scraper images please click here and here.


  1. I think I'd like one down by my studio - wonder if I could buy one on ebay???

  2. I love these! Living on the west coast on the US, I just don't see quirky stuff like this. Everything here is just so new-fangled here. :)

  3. I've long thought of doing a bootscraper photographic project - usually when sitting on a bus watching them pass by.
    I guess they date from before the roads were paved. But my big question is: what did people do when they got indoors with their scraped boots? Did they take them off, or just to hell with it for the remaining mud?

  4. Your boot scraper will last longer if you apply two coats of polyurethane to the wood parts before assembly.

  5. Your boot scraper is now ready to attach to the side of your wooden landing by your door. Just line up the plates to the step with the blade sticking up and screw it down.


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