Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Sunday, 12 August 2018

School's Out!

Hello once more, dear shoe folk of the world. We hope you have had a great week

And so our summer of courses comes to an end. Five solid weeks and it's been brilliant. Our students have worked so hard and achieved so much. And they have had some challenging temperatures to deal with - not what you expect in England, but yes, we have had a proper summer!

And our new school has been brilliant too, the space is functional and beautiful, a great environment for learning shoe making.

We have had two 12 Day Intensive Shoemaking Courses sandwiched around a Five Day Pattern Making for Bespoke Shoes Course and several of the students did both, giving them a great start in their shoe making paths.

An so, back to the second week of the second 12 Day Shoe Making Course - after a second week packed with sole stitching; thread making; heel building; rasping; glassing; and sanding, we finally finished the shoes yesterday. A great moment.

Hand stitching the sole
Glassing the sole

This is my favourite moment, when the students pull the lasts.

Fitting Socks

A finished shoe ready to pull the last

And the finished shoes - really fantastic work

And here are the happy and extremely tired students.

We are having a well deserved holiday, so no blog next week. We will be back on Friday 24th of August with a report on the Makemore Festival in Victoria Park, London where we will be demonstrating bespoke shoe making; teaching two saddle stitched key fob classes and two shoe care and polishing classes.
But it will be a huge festival for the hands and the mind - come and make a lampshade; butcher a cut of meat; learn a new style of cooking; make a wooden spoon; watch a puppet show; a comedy show; the story tent; live performances. One day will not be long enough!

There are places available on all our courses at Makemore and it will be a fantastic experience, so get your tickets now. You could make a beautiful key fob like this.

And the shoe care/polishing class is free, so wear a pair of shoes that need some love

See you there everyone. Until then, happy shoemaking!

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