Welcome back shoemakers to the second instalment of our summer shoemaking course. Week 2! The welting awls took the brunt of our students' efforts this week. Any of you who have broken an awl before will know, it feels and sounds awful! Even worse when you then have to find and pull the broken blade out from your shoe...or your thumb!
|A sharp knife is always needed|
|Attaching bristles - a 'favourite' activity|
Trimming the upper, toe puff and lining ready for shanks and cork
Day 7 moved our intrepid students onto stitching their soles. So channels were cut; threads made; and stitching begun
|A bit of masking tape to protect the upper|
|Boning down the stitches inside the channel|
|Hammering the soles to shape|
|Drying out the soles before gluing the channels closed|
Days 8 and 9 - Heel building
Day 8 saw them making split lifts (rands) and building the heels. Lift by lift with paste and nails - no pegs in England!
|Notching the split lift|
|Making split lifts|
|Trimming split lift|
|Preparing heel lifts|
Peening, peening and more peening!
The last touches to the heels were trimming the seat; cutting the heel breast; and balancing the top piece.
|Trimming the heel seat - carefully!|
|Cutting the heel breast|
|Last nail into the heel breast to close up a gap|
|Checking the balance of the heel with the top piece|
With the top pieces on and nailed into place, we moved on to finishing, beginning with rasping.