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Thursday, 23 August 2012

August 2012 Shoemaking Course - Day 10

Day 10. Only two more days to go. It flies by in there. Still a lot to do, but enough time to do it.

So, today was spent finishing off the heels. Cutting the seat and trimming it close to the upper. Still a bit of rubber solution in there which you can rub away with a piece of dry leather.

We attached the top pieces with contact adhesive and nails.

Cut the heel breast.

Once built and shaped with the knife, the students started the finishing, beginning with rasping - a lot of fun.

The fans were on full to keep them cool. Rasping is vigorous work.

And here are some of the rasped heels - lovely, huh?

Tomorrow will be spent making the shoes look beautiful, a process some will find more of a challenge than others.

Until then, happy shoemaking!

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