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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 …

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 …