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Words From a Master Craftsman

Ford Hallam is an extraordinarily talented metal smith trained in the Japanese tradition. A short film was made about his work, Utsushi – in Search of Katsushira’s Tiger which I think everyone should watch. I have watched it many many times and I take great joy in it each time. …

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 …

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

I think Voltaire was on to something with that, and it is something worth bearing in mind for the beginning shoemaker. Avoid sloppy and careless work at all costs, but do not let the fact that you can’t do something perfectly stop you from doing it as well as you …

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