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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Intensive Shoemaking Course - January 2014, Days 3 and 4

So here we are in Days 3 and 4 of the carréducker Intensive Shoemaking Course.

Yesterday the students spent the day hand lasting their uppers, doing the stiffener first and then the toe puff. They dried overnight and were shaped this morning.


Lasting the fore part before pulling down the back

Checking the heights around the heel

Lasting the fore part before pulling down the back

Lasting the back down with the stiffener in place

The students hard at work

Shaping the toe puff with a rasp, specifically sharpening up the feather edge

"Are they a pair?" We ask that question a lot

Lasting the fore part

Today saw us starting the welting. After shaping the toe puffs and lasting down the uppers over the toes we started the thread making. We use hemp yarn and twist the cords together to make the welting thread. We also make our own waxes to preserve the thread. We attached the bristles using tar and got started. Everyone's favourite job!



Lasting round the toe is always fun

So there you go. Today flew past which means we were busy and engaged - a good day!

More on Saturday

Until then, happy shoemaking!

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