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Shoe­mak­ing

Class Notes for Class on Round Clos­ing

At the upcom­ing Can­ter­bury Faire I am going to be teach­ing a class on mak­ing round closed seams (but­ted seams) for shoe­mak­ing. Here’s a link to the handout I’ve writ­ten for people to take home as a ref­er­ence after the class.

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 in a post to …

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 won­der­ful to work with. Not as con­veni­ent as …

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 up using …

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 be …

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