New tools from ebay and… Shoemaking videos!

I registered a few months ago to ebay, but I didn’t buy or sell so many thing yet. I wanted to sell my old, redundant tools.. but I don’t have reduntant ones. I couldn’t force myself to sell any of them. They will stay. (just like Gollam in Lord of the Rings.. 🙂 – my preciouses…)

Now I found some great tool on german ebay – I put my licit on (quite much I must say).. and I won. My girlfriend almost get a heart attack when she realised that I paid for a collection more than 100 euros, just because I neede one tool from it. (The rest will go to the “precious” section). Girls.. 🙂 How come they don’t understand how important a rasp could be?

 

DVD Shoemaking Lessons

I put some videos on youtube 18 months ago, and get more than 200.000 visits in them, but there are still some people who wants more… – hopefully. Some shoemaker student asked for instructional videos for simple technologies (what I never use for bespoke shoes actually), so I decided to make one, maybe more later. and I just finished the recording and started the cutting. Here are some pictures.

I almost forgot: The voice over it won’t be mine – I will ask someone better. Good for all of us. 

 

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15 thoughts on “New tools from ebay and… Shoemaking videos!”

  1. WOW,I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AROUND FOR PEOPLE STILL WORKING IN THE LOST ART OF SHOW MAKING AND YOU YOU-TUBE AND NOW STUDENT VIDEOS ARE INTERESTING. I MUST SAY THAT THE MENS SHOES PICTURED ABOVE ARE WONDERFULLY MADE AND THEY SPEAK TO THE BRILLANCE OF THEIR CREATOR

    BE ENCOURAGED
    BUFFALO,NY

  2. Hello:
    I’m writing from Mexico, I worked as a shoe repair man from my early teens untill it was time for college and let me tell you it was great, I remember customers eyes lit up when they saw their shoes looking like new, it’s been a while since I last touched a shoe repair tool, but I recently made a pair of shoes(kind of espadrilles)from scratch for my daughter and the look in her eyes was the same, so after seeing your beautiful shoe photos I was inspired to make more, at least for my family and myself,
    Thank you

    1. Not at all! That’s why I work – keep the trade alive and give inspiration to those people – like you – who are able to do more. Good luck with it!

    2. Hi:
      Does anyone know where can I find a manual outsole stitcher?, these don’t have a motor nor a base, they actually have a handle to feed the thread, you hold the shoe with one hand.

  3. WHEN WILL THE FIRST INSRUCTIONAL DVD ON STUDENT SHOEMAKING BE AVAILABLE, AND HOW MUCH WILL IT COST PLEASE.

    David

    1. We started working on the DVD already. 🙂 After the courses in NYC I will do it full steam ahead. I hope to introduce the DVD within months. It’s going to be a comprehensive tutorial containing all the phases, with detailed description and close-ups. I plan it to be more than 1 hour. The pricing is not yet decided, but it’s going to be between 200 to 400 USD.

  4. Dear sir.
    I have being shoe repairer for many years but never build
    a shoe before which i do like to build my own shoes now
    could you please sell me a shoemaking software as my guide line .I will be glad if you could do so ,thank you so much.
    Andrew

    1. Well, I can’t offer you any software at the moment, but there’s the DVD that’s going to be released very soon. I think that would be useful for you for starting the craft. I’ll let everyone know about the distribution soon.

  5. I am trying to find instructional DVD’s on shoemaking. I am doing a short course and I can’t keep up (I have a memory problem because of car accident). I live in Australia and I have a machine which can play foreign DVD’s (sometimes they are not campatible with regular players). I have one book on bespoke shoes but it does not cover everything I have been taught. I am now at least one lesson behind so I probably won’t finish my shoes by the end of the course. I will have to do it at home. Without some instructions on tools and techniques I won’t be able to finish them.

    Any help for a novice cobbler would be appreciated.

    Cheers,

    Alison

    1. Take a look at cordwainertools.com. You can find all the tools we use in my own workshop and during classes. You can purchase the 2-hour long DVD I recently made on men’s shoe making as well.

      1. Thanks so much for that. Now that I have added the word “cordwainer” to my vocabulary, it is so much easier to find things on the internet. Is the principle for men’s and women’s shoes the same? We have one male student in our class, but we are all taught the same things. Do I really need to get the ‘glue-pot’ which we use in class and which I see on videos. Don’t know where to find it.

        Cheers, Alison

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