We did the same on Monday to our seven intrepid students who started our summer intensive shoe making course. This time round, we have 3 Americans, a Nigerian, a Frenchman, and 2 Brits. So a wonderfully international group, as ever
Day 1 saw us sharpening knives; skiving toe puffs/stiffeners; and blocking insoles.
|Everyone cutting out stiffs and puffs|
|Blocking the insole|
|Skiving a toe puff|
|Holdfasts and awl holes made|
Day 3 was spent lasting heels and foreparts; shaping toe puffs and making threads.
|Lasting the forepart|
|Initial lasting stage|
|Flattening the stiffener with the French hammer|
|Lasting the heel|
|Welting the left shoe - not sure about the thread on the floor though!|
|Welting the toe with bristles|
And so on to day 6, today, Saturday. We have spent this morning attaching shanks; filling the forepart with cork; and trimming our welts in preparation for stitching the soles on.
|Beating the welt|
|Soles which have been soaked and are being left to mellow|
Until then, happy shoemaking!