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Monthly Archives: June 2012

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)

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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.

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– don’t pick anything I already posted

– if you don’t have basic knowledge, you might not want to choose something advanced

– practical questions, are very much welcome

So guys? What do you want to learn next week?

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Just in case someone wants to learn a bit more than the basics. 😉 Contact me, if you are interested!

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).

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I am very busy. There are 3-4 upcoming courses and plenty plans ahead. There are amazing stuff down the road, what I want to complete this year. This time just keep it as a surprise – trust me, you will like at least one of them.

So, here are the lasts, waiting for students.

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