Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Tassels and Training

Welcome back fellow shoe fans! It's been a fantastic week of teaching, bespoke making, exciting new leathers and ordering Barkans!

With all of the shoemaking teaching going on, we don't want you to forget the Tassel Making Masterclass planned for next month. We'd like to have all places filled before the end of June, so if you are interested please email us and we will send you a booking form. Just think where your new tassel skills could take you!






 
The joy of teaching one-to-one classes in our workshop is that students get the (we hope) benefit of two shoemaker's approaches, techniques and solutions in one...and get to work alongside us. 

Everyone makes differently. so our students this week learned both the 'Push Me' and 'Pull Me' techniques of skiving. 'Push Me'  being the technique of pushing the knife through the leather away from you on a sheet of toughened glass and 'Pull Me' when the knife slices through the leather towards you on toughened glass propped securely at an angle between the lap and chest.

Pushing


Pulling

It's just a question of preference...after all, the results are the same...

Stiffeners

Toe puffs 
It's the last week of our evening classes who don't get featured as often as we would like, so here's a glimpse of some of the Monday guys in action.

George of George's Shoe Repairs stitching his sole


William finishing, Maurizio preparing his soles and Vincent stitching his.

I'll miss our evening classes....with lighter evenings, the walk across Waterloo Bridge has been beautiful. Many of the new, tall buildings will become landmarks in their own right - The Gherkin, Shard and Cheesegrater - but sadly, clustered together, the skyline sadly lacks any design sense.

A rare 'strawberry moon' just peeking out behind the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank

The new Tate Modern extension and The Shard in the distance...
That's it for now. Until next week, happy shoemaking!

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