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A quote from a master bootmaker

D.W. Frommer is a western bootmaker whose work I greatly admire and, while I have never met him, over some years of reading his posts on the Crispin Colloquy his attitude to his craft has been influential in my own thinking about the craft of shoemaking. Recently he wrote this …

A picture I quite like

This is a picture of me sewing a reinforcing cord across the side seam of a type 40 shoe I was working on at Canterbury Faire in 2008. I’m sewing this with a real boar bristle, one of a very few I have and I have to say they are …

Notes for left-handers making thread

On a shoe and bootmakers forum I read someone was having trouble with their threads unwinding at the slightest provocation. They knew the thread and code were good because both of them had been used by other people before. The picture they posted showed that the thread had been plied …

Making Code

“And undir the arme the armynge poyntis muste be made of fyne twyne suche as men make stryngis for crossbowes and they muste be trussid small and poyntid as poyntis. Also they muste be wexid with cordeweneris coode. And than they woll neythir recche nor breke.” “How a man schall …

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