The Carreducker Shoemaking School is live! As promised, we are straight back into it with our first intensive shoemaking course of the year. We've been joined by four guys keen to learn - Nish, Ved, Johannes and McBride. I think it's fair to say they've already developed a deep respect for the handsewn shoemaker after their first week of toil...and are keen to explore the mechanised alternatives!
Day 1 saw them sharpening their knives on the strop; skiving toe puffs and stiffeners; and blocking insoles
|The joys of skiving|
|McBride learning to love his knife|
|Ved skiving a toe puff|
|Johannes shaping the inside waist of the insole|
|More hand lasting|
|Biceps at the ready as McBride lasts his toes|
|A welting demonstration|
|Attaching bristles with tar|
Day 5 was also filled with welting and we should have both shoes finished by the end of the day
We have also been busy preparing our order at the factory for the Winkers - we have ordered lasts, fabrics and have all the graded patterns ready to get going. Exciting times for Carreducker.
Until next time, happy shoemaking!