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A mis­tress of the craft mak­ing waxed ends

The mak­ing of waxed ends is, in my opin­ion, the single most import­ant core skill for a shoe­maker after pat­tern­ing. I believe it is more import­ant even than being able to sharpen a knife. This video of Mar­quita Volken’s pro­cess for mak­ing up a waxed end is worth of many repeat watch­ings. Of par­tic­u­lar …

Some Ran­dom Thoughts on Mak­ing Medi­ev­al Repro­duc­tions

Build­ing repro­duc­tion medi­ev­al objects for reen­act­ment is an exer­cise in com­prom­ise. There are occa­sions where an object can be recre­ated using noth­ing but accur­ately repro­duced tools and mater­i­als pro­duced and pro­cessed as they would have been for the ori­gin­al object, but these are rare oppor­tun­it­ies and often expens­ive under­tak­ings. For the …

Using Awls Without Hurt­ing Your Hand

How you hold an awl in use is import­ant for a couple of reas­ons. You need to hold it in a way that gives you good con­trol over what you’re doing but allows you to apply suf­fi­cient force while redu­cing a tend­ency to lever the blade (which will surely snap it); but you …

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