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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 …

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 …