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A shoemaker's blog about shoemaking

So, this is how I am gonna roll from now. I had to realize something important. There are more and more shoemaking courses out there. In a certain way it is great. I really don’t mind it. On the other hand student can’t distinguish between them so the competition is – an understatement is coming – very unfair. Anyway, let’s move forward, I was one of the first who started to teach shoemaking courses, so now it is time to step to the next level – do something even better, even higher level. One on one courses.

The best possible way to learn a craft and probably everybody would agree. As a student you get all the attention, all the feedback and way less distraction.

It doesn’t mean that certain topics will not be taught for groups – like visiting teachers will teach short courses, I will teach no hands on ones, consultation courses, individually customized ones for small groups – but the main profile will be one on one. Intense, better than any other. I will soon announce the dates (some of them are already filled up, sorry – I announced this in my Facebook group, so there was a huge interest).

At the ned look at this happy face – a guy who just customized sneakers, now he makes them from scratch. Isn’t it just awesome? (it was a small class though for the record).

Some other stuff from the workshop.. The last class.

And a few photo from straight from the bench.

A few upper in the process.


Savannah Cordwainers prototypes

Equestrian boot project

Skiving demo

Throwback… Well… Tuesday.

Riding boot in the process. 

This is my fifth and final posting for MM’s blog. Throughout this journey I have learned much about myself and the craft. But like all things, this had to come to an end. And, while one door closes, another door opens.

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We are literally hours away from opening.


This is the panorama from the street – not in downtown, but a pretty good location. I can hardly wait to welcome the first visitor.

And it was just amazing. A lot of interesting, enthusiastic, generous people. It is not just a great networking experience (and I mean it), but a great place to discover new machinery. leather, supplies, but mostly: learning. A lot of learning. 5 days of celebration of our craft: shoe- and bootmaking. See you next year all of you!

We are thrilled to announce the schedule for the 2016 Summer Courses here, in our Koronya workshop in Savannah, Georgia. We will be offering a variety of courses aimed to expand your shoemaking knowledge whether you’re an experience maker or just starting out. Please make sure to check back for updates! We’ll be announcing new courses continuously!

To register, send us an email to info(at)!

Skill Course
for beginners and footwear industry professionals

June 7-11 (5 days)

If you’re at the beginning of your shoemaking journey, you’ll soon realize just how many facets of the craft there are and every single one of them require different sets of skills. Or you might be a professional working in the footwear industry with extensive experience in your particular field and you’re interested in knowing more about the other stages of footwear making.

The Skill Course offers a comprehensive overlook of the process and the techniques involved in the handmade shoe making from design to the finished product.


Pattern making
Upper making
Handmade shoe making techniques
Footwear industry vocabulary
+ Making of a sandal

Participants will be doing plenty hands-on experiments, and will be shown demos and given detailed presentations. At the end of the course, all participants will leave with a sandal that they made.

Stitched-down construction
for all levels

June 12-16 (5 days)

The stitched-down technique is a great introduction to hand-stitching in shoe making. A versatile construction, it is one of the most popular choice for makers of all levels. All hands-on, intensive learning experience, with demos on design and pattern making. By the end of the course, you will have a pair of handmade shoes.

If you register by May 15th, you’ll be able to choose men’s or women’s last in the size you prefer.

English welted construction

for experienced makers

July 4-14 (10 days + 1 day rest)

The welted construction is a must in anyone’s shoe making journey. If you have already made a couple pairs of shoes, you should consider trying your hands at the welted technique. The English welted construction is an elegant and classic choice for men’s or women’s dress shoes. All hands-on, all stages are made by the participants which makes this course intensive and challenging. Demos of design and pattern making will also be included in the curriculum.

If you register by June 6th, you’ll be able to choose men’s or women’s last in the size you prefer.

Cemented construction

for beginners

July 21-25 (5 days)

The cemented construction is an universal technique used in the footwear making industry. We’ll show the participants the handmade way of making a pair of cemented shoes. All hands-on, intensive learning experience, with demos on design and pattern making. By the end of the course, you will have a pair of handmade shoes.

If you register by June 20th, you’ll be able to choose men’s or women’s high heel last in the size you prefer.

I have loads to discuss from February until now!! So I will do my best to brevity my post.  Without further ado, let’s begin…:)

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Here it is again, our very own Footwear Symposium in June 24-26  Ashland, Oregon.


Why do you want to be there? Because it will be amazing. The long version: pre symposiums workshops (register here: , presentations, competition and a lot of chances to purchase tools, lasts, leathers and so on… Not talking about the chance you can meet your fellow shoe and bootmakers and other enthusiasts and educate yourself about the trade – independently of your level. There is always more to learn.

There will be amazing speakers:

And an expert panel, where you can ask any question and get answers right away, feedback of your work or just advices what you need.

Here is a couple of pics from the last year:

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