Week 1 finished last Saturday with shanks and cork. The students prepared leather shanks and put cork filler in the forepart.
After a much appreciated day off, the students came back on the Monday full of energy and enthusiasm and tackled stitching their soles.
They also made threads using hemp, homemade thread wax and some elbow grease.
|Aleksander making a thread|
|Stitching the sole|
|Valivann balancing the heels|
|Shaping his heel with the knife|
Once the heels were built, the heel breasts cut and the seat trimmed, they attached the top pieces using glue and nails.
|Punching a nail|
|Sanding the sole edge|
|The sole is dressed with polish for a natural finish|
|Sanding the heel breast|
|More polish for a natural finish|
|Burnishing the wax on an inked finish|
And here are the finished shoes which we reckon turned out really well. The students would say that despite some struggles and hard moments, the course was a great success. The sense of achievement is amazing when those shoes go on your feet. Fantastic! Well done all of you.
|Finished! Nice job Valivann|
|Beautiful collection of handmade shoes made by the class of January 2018|
|One happy Russian, well done Aleksanders|
|Proud shoemakers Rob, Valivann, Pamela, Margot and Melissa|
We are running plenty of shoe making courses throughout 2018, so check out the dates and sign up! We are happy to answer questions, so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next week, happy shoe making