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A shoemaker's blog about shoemaking

Monthly Archives: June 2010

And e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y finished their shoes! Which is a must in my course, but on the other hand amazing. Why? Because until the last few hours you have the impresion that they won’t. Somehow it always happens. I am lucky.

But we work on it.

Thesebguys wer mazing until now. ALL finished the shoes (until now), so I am happy about it. Pictures comes soon.

Very, very exciting things happens here. No more info yet, but soon.

In a row of presenting shoemaker friends let me introduce Mr. Craig Corvin, who was one of my first apprentice, visiting my workshop twice, maybe keeping courses together in the future.

This is a link for his quite interesting (and no doubt that written in a perfect English, not like mine 🙂 ), blog about his journey in the craft.

Who said that I can’t post pics without a camera? As a shoemaker you need to be a designer, and a designer can draw right? 🙂


Hey let me draw your attention to my friend’s new book! Tim is a very experienced leatherworker and shoemaker, who has decades of experiences in practical craft. Here you can find more:

And it needs a post… So things haven’t changed that much here. A few new stores, a few closed ones, many people (still too crowded and overwhelming for me), but something remarkable thing is new for me: I got mot and more students to my courses. Some of them are coming back! Unbeliaveble concerning my teaching style… 🙂

Anyway – if you need compliments, you will surely find some other courses, please do not choose my ones. This not what you are searching for. But.. I really mean my compliments, if I give some. (I dont’t :D).

So far so good. Today we made a lot of practice with the last, the lasting pliers, etc. Every day is a bit more difficult than the previous one – I always warn the students about it, and they admit it at the end… and finish a nice pair. All of them (if they don’t leave before the end). Tomorrow we jump into the middle: our uppers will start to form a real shoe.
I will keep you posted.
No, I don’t have any camera with me.

A photo from the last year course:

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I travel soon to teach shoe making again in the big apple! It is amazing that this old craft can bring together and give challenges (quite much actually) them to progress in making better and better – not mentioning more and more creative – footwear.

We still have 2 more open spot in the Design course, 1-1 in the advenced and beginner men shoe course – so if you feel like join to the team – now you still can! I can promise: you will end up with a perfectly (OK, almost.. 🙂 ) finished shoe.