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Saturday, 10 May 2014

Shoemaking Course, New York May 2014 - Days 4, 5 and 6

It's Saturday evening and my week teaching the Carreducker Intensive Shoemaking course in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is over. How time flies!
Deborah has arrived and is ready to take over on Monday. I fly home tomorrow morning - back to reality!

The students have got to the point where they are ready to put their soles on, so good progress.

On days 4, 5 and 6, we did the following

 Lasted the toe puffs.

Shaped them.

Prepared threads.


Made welts.


Welted the shoes (sorry, I deleted the photos) . And then put in the shanks.




Skived the shanks.



Happy students at the end of week 1. Lets hope they are as happy at the end of week 2 when their shoes are finished! I'm sure they will be.

So watch this space.


Until the next time, happy shoemaking!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Shoemaking Course, New York 2014 - Days 1, 2, and 3

So here we are again in sunny Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York for another Carreducker Intensive Shoemaking Course.

After the success of our first pattern making course here last week, two of those students continued on to some shoemaking. And along with three other aspiring cordwainers, we are a happy bunch.




In the first three days,  after the customary sharpening of knives, we have done the following:


Skiving Toe Puffs And Stiffeners

More Skiving!


Insoles Drying Out Prior to Blocking


Prepared The Holdfast/Feather


And Again


And Then Some More




Today Saw Us Lasting
So, with a third of the course completed we are motoring along. Tomorrow will see us welting, depending on how well the thread making goes.

Until the next installment, happy shoemaking!f