Course I. – Done


And it was just amazing. I always change a bit, I guess as I change myself, hopefully improving my teaching skills. % days is not much for a course, but I have good results. People usually finish their shoes, we have a lot of chance to learn – even form each other, as they worked on 2 different constructions (cemented and high heel) and also from each others mistakes. You can learn a lot from those. That is one of the reason I don’t suggest to learn from someone who is just 2 lessons ahead of you. I don’t want to repeat myself all the time, talking about my background, my professional educator’s degree, but trust me: these are important.

The 5 days was very intense, but the mood was amazingly good and everybody was just very productive. The cafe at the next door must have helped a bit.. 😉

Here are some pictures, I hope the Facebook group members will share the results as well. (by the way: aspiring shoemakers and shoe enthusiastics are always welcome to join to that group) Continue reading Course I. – Done

How To Learn Shoemaking


I can imagine, you are somewhere between “made some shoes” and “soon I am gonna make shoes like professional” in your carrier. Trust me, I know how it feels, I did not born with a gift to be able to make shoes. It took me years to get here. Several years.

The problem, if you don’t have anyone helping you, it is highly possible that you are just heading to the wrong direction, just losing time, money and energy on staff you don’t need/you should’t buy/you should have just avoid. A master can help to save that, so at the end of the day it will be more effective and way cheaper with a good teacher. Continue reading How To Learn Shoemaking

Countdown to the First Course in Savannah


I guess one day, when I change my status from active shoemaker to ancestor, one of my grandson (hopefully I will have some, and hopefully they will continue my craft) will tell stories about his grandfather’s American tour. They will have good stories, all they have to do is research this blog. (yeah, I know some of you printed out ALL of my articles). Continue reading Countdown to the First Course in Savannah