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Sunday, 12 May 2013

New York intensive course - week 1 final day

This week has flown! The pace of the first few days has settled down and anyone feeling a little too confident has had that knocked out of them by welting.  It has helped to level the playing field!

Collateral damage - a broken knife, two broken awls...

Scuffed knuckles

worn out fingers...

and blisters galore!

Everyone is pretending not to be competitive but it would not be human nature if there wasn't a little jockeying for position. Von and Kevin who fought with their  knives earlier on seem better suited to the awl; Celia and Wylie had thread troubles initially so slowed up and Nima is buoyed by Chelsea's performance so let's hope they play well next week!!!

The Ferguson dance of joy!

Anyway, James arrived yesterday for some holiday time with his brother and family and will take over class on Monday. The students get a well-deserved day of rest (and icing sore hands) on Sunday.

And I'm back with our evening class on Monday night. I must remember that it's not an intensive course and relax the pace :)

A massive thank you to Jesse as always for hosting us and to our other shoemaking buddy out here, Marika.

More news from the Big Apple next week but until then a few final snapshots of New York

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