OK. What the hell is this?

I could put my hand on some old lasts from Texas, Austin. It wasn’t an easy job, I had to ask some help from my friend, Eustace, but finally they are here. No, this is nothing extraordinary until now – I get lasts, much more than I need – on the photos they look attractive, special… and sometimes they really are.

These ones were just awesome. Beautiful form, antique, but really refined look, and… unfortunately some self-appointed artist made them dirty with some ugly paint. Come on… noting is saint to you guys out there? These things are part of a vanishing craft’s history! they are nice, as they are.. I mean I don’t have anything against preserving them as decoration… but this? Why? Pink flowers on a 50-60 years old last, plus a fake crystal? Really this is art?

 

Anyway.. now this old guy will have a second chance to make boots. I will clean them, and make copies in different sizes.  Making boots on them – that is art.

Two of my highly respected bootmakers:

Lee Miller and read about him

Lisa Sorell and here

 

 

ps. I respect art. I mean I respect art which creates thing and not just try to shock (like breaking a 5000 years old vase) or destruct. Painting an old, beautiful last counts to be destruction in my eyes.

One thought on “OK. What the hell is this?”

  1. I live in Austin, Texas. There is a restaurant where I have eaten and one wall is decorated with wooden lasts. I’ll have to take a photograph the next time I am there and send it to you. Or perhaps that would be cruel. You make excellent shoes. I am learning about shoemaking but this will take time. I will learn to make turnshoes. However I appreciate your high-quality lasted shoes.

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