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Thursday, 16 May 2013

New York Intensive Shoemaking Course - Day 9

Yesterday we broke the back of stitching the soles and a couple of students finished it at home, so we started day 9 building heels. 

First off was the split lift or rand, a thin piece of heel leather attached in a horse shoe shape around the heel.

Then came the lifts which are attached one by one with nails and paste. Each time the heel is skived flat, trimmed and peened with the French shape hammer. This closes up any gaps in the lifts.

Here are a few pics of today's proceedings.

We will continue with the heels tomorrow and hopefully finish them.

Until next time, happy shoemaking

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