Welcome back good shoemakers! We've had a wonderful week not least a visit to the depths of Northamptonshire to visit Maud vdB who was training with us earlier in the yea and is apprenticed at Horace Batten (one of the best kept secrets in the country). Horace Batten make beautiful riding boots, the way they always have been, by hand. Here's a quick behind-the-scenes tour...
|Boots in the making room|
|The closing and pattern room|
|Nothing goes to waste|
|Vigorous cleaning to get them into shape|
|The hand stitched throat|
|Hand stitched inside the throat - Maud's beautiful work|
|Maud making a pair of boots|
|Stitching the seat ; the sole and heel are then stitched to this for extra strength|
|Boot tops in a multitude of beautiful colours|
|Stitch detail inside|
|For wrenching heels off|
|Historic boots from the archives|
|with amazing stories to tell!|
That's all from us for this week. Thank you to Emma, Maud and the fantastic team at Horace Batten for being so generous with their time and such a wonderful glimpse into their world of boots Until next week happy shoemaking!