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Shoes and Craft

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.

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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Well, finally. I started to edit the first version of my first DVD for beginner shoemakers. I finsihed the first approx. 40 minutes ready. I try to bring 10-15 copies with me to NY next week. Here are some sneak peek pics from the “cuting room”.