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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 …

Where to get single strand thread

A ques­tion I get asked fairly fre­quently is where to find single-strand thread for mak­ing tapered waxed ends for sew­ing. It’s hard to get really good stuff these days because there isn’t really any­where doing prop­er long-staple lin­en any­more but you can still get work­able stuff. The stuff you want is …

Notes for left-handers mak­ing thread

On a shoe and boot­makers for­um I read someone was hav­ing trouble with their threads unwind­ing at the slight­est pro­voca­tion. They knew the thread and code were good because both of them had been used by oth­er people before. The pic­ture they pos­ted showed that the thread had been plied up using …

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