We're almost back to normal and have welcomed two new students to Studio W9 for 12 days of shoemaking. They're off and running with puffs and stiffs prepped, soles blocked and threads under way.
|James demonstrating the pulling skiving technique|
|Finished heel stiffeners|
|...and toe puffs|
We also had a long-planned visit from Wylie, a former student intent on taking the last making world by storm, who has been honing his making and fitting skills in San Francisco.
James and I are being guinea pigs to see how his approach works. Here's an insight into what we've had done so far....and it's quite exciting.
|The ink impressions of Mme Carre and Mr Ducker's feet|
|My super, supinated feet|
|James's unusually weighted feet|
|Wylie reading the results|
|Taking foot casts - rather a nice, warm feeling|
|Three casts down and one to go|
|The treacherous bit...cutting off the cast without cutting skin or socks - not to be attempted without surgical scissors!|