It's been another great day on the course (hope you agree guys) and we are only hours away from the first channels being cut and the soles going on. I am looking forward to a good day of sole stitching tomorrow so that next week there will be plenty of time for questions and answers with Mr Ducker as sole stitching is finished and heels are built.
Saturday, 12 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
The day started with a lovely line up of shoes - and we can call them that now - all lasted, stiffeners and toe puffs in and ready to welt.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
The enthusiasm and energy is still high even though bodies and minds are stretched having learned so many new skills (and words) in such a short space of time. We now have six pairs of lasted shoes all set to welt in the morning and how proud I feel about the hard work that has been done today.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Today we ploughed on with yet more skiving toe puffs, stiffeners and preparing insoles. Most of the group have also got their welts prepared, threads are under way and once all these bits and pieces ready, we'll be ready for a day of lasting and welting tomorrow.
With four guys and three girls in the class, there has been some amusing leg pulling about the girls vs guys approach to work. Whilst the girls have been quietly getting on with things the guys have needed a lot of attention and then are surprised when the girls are on to the next step! Needless to say it's made a fun and lively class!
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Tomorrow things get more exciting as the insoles are prepared, the holdfast is made and uppers are lasted. My favourite day as the students see their bits of leather take on the shape of real shoes!