What should I say first about it? Should a talk about the REALY sharp knife what is needed a lot? If you don’t pay enough attention sharpening it, it will make your life miserable.. Or should I start talking about the right technique, which is also important? Well.. Skiving is one of the first thing… Read More
Almost all of my students complained about burner lamps – so I went after this stuff and I could manage to get plenty. Soon it will be available at cordwainertools.com. Here is the beauty. Works with denatured alcohol which is available at any hardware store. If you work with leather sole – it is a must… Read More
Don’t worry, you don’T have to make this pic, only something on the last, but still interesting, hmm?
Tonight (morning for some of you) – skiving tutorial (most probably the most important lesson for beginner shoemakers by far) a bit later: woman boot making
Let’s call it bonus material and generously don’t realize that it is part of the project, OK? Finishing the German Welt, needs a special sole edge and also a decoration wheel, what English shoemakers call fudge wheel (because it considered to show fake stitch marks). So, let’s start from here…
I have around 1000-1500 visitors per day, if WordPress statistics are correct (what.. I can hardly believe… ) anyway. if you are a real visitor, I mean a person, please – make a click bellow. It takes you a second and give me some feedback. I want to be sure I am not only writing… Read More
This time I post some pics, what I made today. A cross section about the German welt.
Well, sooner or later this part should come, no? I decided not to waste your time with all the details of heel building, but I promise I will post some pictures about the ready made product. So next steps. We need to fix the heel part before we attach the heel layers. After making the holes (slightly… Read More
Channel scraper – this little guy will make your stitches perfectly hidden and the sole flat.
1. Lasting pincers One of the most important tool. This one is hand made in Hungary. Old shaped, ergonomic shape.
Back, again. This time we attach the bottom filler (not illustrated, it is very much basic), and the sole.
IMPORTANT: I do not approve to use this tutorial in any blogs, forums, websites or any printed or broadcasted form. This is created only for personal educational purposes. Foot measurement is always a question I got from student. I know ways to measure feet, but somehow I always had to tell them, that you, as a shoemaker, not… Read More
Here some new stuff: Welting awl.. As a matter of fact it was there since the launch of the site, I just forget to put it to a category, so never appeared. Now you can order it. Soon square awls and sizes will come. This one is good for welting and sole stitching as well.
More than 1500 visitors came to my blog today. Thanks guys! UPDATE: 1750. Thanks again!
Apparently I didn’t generate too much interest with my question, but from the number of the silent visitors on this site, I assume there will be some people, who are interested seeing some pics and notes about crimping. So, what is crimping? When you create.. let’s say a riding boot, you will face a geometrical problem: the vamp is impossible… Read More
Welting. Nothing special, a bit more deeper than you would do with the English welt. Let me add a comment to 2 pics: Never.. ever.. hold the awl like this when you sew a welt. Even the strongest thread can break once, and you will kill someone this way. You pull a thread, or tighten… Read More
A little appetizer:
First a Balmoral in 1:2 size. Cute isn’t it?
Well, maybe – OK, likely – it is only the name for this technique in our tradition, but for respect and comfort, I use this. German welt means a narrow, welted construction, which is more elegant than the English, which could transform into the industrial segment, called “goodyear”. I believe German stitch (or welt) is… Read More
So, you don’t need to worry about what size it comes in, or look for them on E-bay. I have more than 3-400 hundreds of heel and sole edge iron myself, but I still found it extremely useful. I came across it in a French tool collection (bought it instantly), and asked my toolmaker to make… Read More
Finally. We plan to upload plenty more stuff, like lasts, and special tools, which are in production, but these ones were specially required a lot. So here they are! http://www.cordwainertools.com
Recently I haven’t checked my Youtube statistics, but today finally I convenienced myself to do so. It is amazing how many hit they have got.. Unfortunately Youtube (and by the way… not even WordPress…) doesn’t say a lot about the source of this traffic, but.. anyway.. I am happy to generate interest to this old… Read More