|Master and apprentice - proud craftswomen both|
Breaking new ground is nothing unusual for Trickers. I personally owe them much. Not only did they generously sponsored my degree footwear collection - they allowed me to work alongside their then head pattern cutter, Barry Jones, to bring my designs to life. (Here's a snapshot of the footwear in question).
|Atelier Carre Equus thigh boots|
|Atelier Carre Equus knee boots|
|In Vogue Homme International|
Most importantly, it was seeing their in-house shoe maker crafting these boots that made me fall in love with hand sewn shoe making...head and hands working together to create beautiful, three-dimensional sculptures.
So it was a joy to see Barry again and to meet Adele, who is one of three bespoke shoe making trainees at the factory...a good sign to see the traditional craft once again making its way back into mainstream manufacturing.
|Talking tools and techniques|
The factory is much-improved since my day there; newly streamlined, reorganised and brightened up but without losing any sense of the building's charm and history and it was great to see the bespoke team so busy.
|Carreducker Half-Cut uppers|
|Carreducker Half-Cut in Espresso and ice blue flash|
|Carreducker Half-Cut in Espresso and golden yellow flash|
|A well-used strop|
|Picking up some ideas for tools for the workshop - a toe laster - why not?|
|A busy work bench|
|Ready for some Norwegian welt practise - since finished and looking very fine|