Today started with lasting the stiffener in the heel part of the shoe and lasting it down. After lasting the fore part tightly, the stiffener was pasted into place and pulled down.
The upper, lining and stiffener are pulled and nailed into place up to just behind the joint and the excess leather is trimmed off.
The nails are then knocked down with a hammer to secure everything.
Once the heel area is lasted, they moved on to the fore part. First they lasted only the lining.
From here the excess is trimmed off; the nails knocked down; and the toe puff started.
After pasting the lining, they lasted on the toe puff.
We then dried the puffs and started the process of shaping them and making sure they are a pair. This is done with a rasp.
The last stage was to get rid of the excess on the under side and sharpen up the feather edge.
Ready for the upper to be lasted over - see the pair in the middle on the bottom shelf.
Nice work guys!
Until tomorrow, happy shoemaking!