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And so to the class. This year we have 6 intrepid students, all keen to learn the wonderful craft of handmade shoes
Day 1 saw us sharpening our knives, blocking the insoles and skiving toe puffs and stiffeners
|The eager group starting their shoemaking journey|
|Ivana skiving a stiffener|
|Alisha blocking an insole|
After letting the insoles dry overnight, day 2 was spent trimming the insole, preparing the holdfast/feather and lasting the left shoe
|Emily trimming an insole|
|Abby marking the holdfast or feather|
|Making holes in the holdfast|
With one heel lasted the day before, the class lasted the second shoe at the heel and then tackled toe puffs.
|Greg lasting a toe puff|
|Toe puffs drying|
|Marc rasping a toe puff|
With the lasting complete, we moved on to preparing the welts; making threads; and welting - a hard process which they tackled with enthusiasm and a lot of success. Well done, guys.
|To give themselves room to welt, the group spread out|
Next week we will show you more of their progress. Until then, happy shoemaking!