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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 …

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 …

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