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A shoemaker's blog about shoemaking

Monthly Archives: March 2010


Here is a schedule for the Design and Prototyping Course this summer:

1. Design

– designer and stylist

– outfit design

– styles and categories

– accessories and shoe parts in design

2. Drawing and design (hand on part)

– design process, 2D, 3D

– “drawing a shoe” tutorials

3. Pattern design and making

4. The upper-making process

Soon I will post more about courses.


This photo.


So how it works with the apprentices? I will be honest – I am a hard teacher. We become good friends after the course, but definitely not before or during. I keep important to “build them up” – make a personality who is able to get training to be a shoemaker. I have my methods – the same ones I had been trained plenty (sometimes I feel too many) years ago. They must accept it – the world is not a friendly place for us anymore. No tools, no supplies and no technical support out there.

So how do apprenticeship courses go?

You have to come to experience it, but the main phases usually: arriving, realizing your real knowledge level, practice, practice, practice, realizing that you must work harder, practice, practice, practice, first shoes ready, start a new one (pushing up the bar higher), work harder, practice, practice, practice, realizing that you are still not there what you thought at arriving, the after a lot of work, loosing ego you get a second pair, which looks like a shoe from far, in a dark room.. 🙂 actually depends on a student, but I can tell: shoemaking just seems easy, it is not… but worth to learn.

Pictures


Wholecuts are my favorites – nothing redundant on these shoes. Pure, simple lines, honest, clear finish. On the other hand – there is no room for mistakes (not if I would accept any).

Maybe.. one day.. I will have one.

Norwegian. Understanding the process of this construction can explain, why makers charge more for it (I don’t, but telling the truth spending double time with a shoe, like this generates some temptation for that). There is some really difficult step in this technique where you have one sloppy movement – then you can start over again. Norwegian is not a goiser, and they are not even that close to each other.


Statistics was never my best subject, but as Youtube does it for me, why shouldn’t I post?

This is not a surprise. I was sure that you guys in Alaska love shoes.. 😉

As I see spinning stitch didn’t generate so intensive interest.. 🙂

If a company’s income would grow like this..

I guess this just doesn’t mean anything.. or a least: cannot be exact.

Daily visits – sometimes more than 1000 per day – not bad from a shoemaker, hmm?:


So you must start in time to get use to it…

this cute little girl spend her time mainly in workshops, like mine. Eva is a daughter of a local shoe designer, and puts a big efforts to take all the tools, materials, and any accessibile object into her tiny little mouth, then make a nice chocolat finish on her mom’s shirt. My little elf for a few weekends.. 🙂

This is Jon, from Canada, works on his first real welted shoes in my workshop.

That’s it for a while. I am much behind my schedule of blog writing, sorry. Actually I work on a pair of oxblood balmoral, black wholecut, brown full brogue, and some other in the tube..


And some more pics from February..