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Saturday, 17 August 2013

London Intensive Shoemaking Course Week 2 Day 12 - the last day!

How the days have flown on this course. The last day has come around so quickly!
And yet there is still so much to do! So first some quick energy fix with Australia's favourite biscuit the TimTam. Best eaten with the end bitten off!



 

 And then down to some serious finishing work...


Painting soles, heels and edges...


burnishing sole bottoms...



waxing and burnishing heel edges...


soles....shiny!

Then a break for lunch...



But at 2pm where was everyone? The stairs were bare? Apparently the pasta was too tempting to rush but little did the group know what still awaited them in the afternoon!

Some fittings, full and half socks and foam socks in some cases to achieve a good fit...

Some more burnishing where heels weren't quite dyed and waxed enough...


 Red laces with an unwelcome surprise - the dye was not fixed!


But others making a beautiful contrast...

in red

and grey...

 Surprise debossing from the lasts...


 Military polish on the toes...




And what it took to achieve it! 

Apologies there is no group shot today - one student had to fly, literally - back to Australia via a fortnight in Bali - so the photo was taken on a camera with a timer! It'll be with us for next week's blog. So it just leaves us to say a fantastic well done to everyone for the last two weeks and we hope that you learned everything that you wanted from the course!

To all of you...including our new graduates....happy shoemaking!



6 comments:

Meganee said...

shoes is very hard job but art is always hard :)

Tom Carbone said...

Cangratulations boys & girls your Darbys look great!

From another Carreducker alum, Tom

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jimmyshoe said...

Thanks Tom, hope you are well, James

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