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Friday, 15 January 2016

Intensive Shoe Making Course - Week 2

Our first intensive shoe making course of 2016 is coming to an end. The two weeks have flown by and it's Friday already, but the guys are on track, rasped, glassed, sanded and ready to dye, wax, pull and polish tomorrow! 

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
By Monday, the first shoes were finished and the second was under way, with both shoes stitched by lunch time on Tuesday. 

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
By Thursday, top pieces were being glued on, nailed and shaped...

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!