With the deaths of two great Brits this week - David Bowie and Alan Rickman - we've been feeling a little blue, so it's been good to have had such great company, to have been so busy and to have had BBC 6 Music's Bowie tribute to listen to!
But back to the shoe making.
Last Saturday saw the guys finish welting, put in the leather shanks and fill the fore part with cork. Then the welts were trimmed, the soles were attached, threads made and, by the end of the day, soles were on and stitching was under way.
|Making threads and attaching bristles|
Wednesday saw split lifts being marked, prepared, glued and nailed on.
|Preparing the split lift|
|Shaping the split lift|
|Nailing it on|
|Trimming the split lift to shape|
The lifts were cut out, glassed, pasted in place, trimmed and peened to form the heel edge
|Cutting out the heel lifts|
|Shaping the heels|
|Peening the heels|
|Heel lifts on and prepared|
|Cutting the heel breast|
And now, with just 24 hours to go, they've done a great job and are nearly there.
Keep a look out next week when we'll post their finished shoes, until then happy shoemaking!