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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

New York Intensive Shoemaking Course - Week 2, Day 7

So, week two starts with a new teacher and our students rested and relaxed after their one day off in 12. Lets hope they all had an easy, stress free day.

Deborah left yesterday and I am here and raring to go.

Today saw the start of stitching on the soles. After gluing them on, trimming them to the welt and making three cord threads, they cut the dreaded channel, a flap of leather which hides the stitches on the underside of the sole. There are different ways to do this but we use the English way (the best, obviously) which involves cutting it right on the edge off the sole. Much cleaner and more invisible in my opinion. After this, they selected their chosen fudge wheel to mark the stitches and got under way. 

Stitching The Sole
Stitching The Sole 2

After one broken awl, the lesson of not twisting, wriggling or bending a square awl was well and truly learnt. No more breakages we hope!

Tomorrow will see us continuing with the soles. Good luck to all of them.
Untimely the next time, happy shoemaking.

1 comment:

Madame Shoe said...

Unsurpassed levels of concentration!