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Monthly Archives: July 2013


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I got back from New York on a long road trip, going through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina.
Beside the terrible weather conditions (over 90-100 degrees almost every day, which made the whole city feel like a sweating armpit), the horrible apartment (except the view – that was gorgeous), and the inedible food (with a few exception) the trip was really useful, I met really interesting people and I could set up some great connections.

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On the way back we stopped at one of the most beautiful city in the States (at least for me so far), Lancaster, PA. Pennsylvania seems beautiful, definitely a refreshing experience after the crowded, sweating weeks of New York.

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We spent 2 night in the land of the Amish people, met some of my Amish friends (we met last year and this year I visited them again). They are actually nice people as soon they figure out you are not a tourist, hunting for a good buggy picture for your collection. I spent almost an hour in a harness maker workshop and spent thetime pretty much the way we, craftsmen spend time in a workshop – talking about tools, methods, leather, sources and for sure: customers. They promised me to help me translate my great-great grandfather’s journal from 1844 (the book he brought with him to his master journey with all the feedback he got – in old German, This is where they will come to the picture.. ).

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Anyway: we are back, home, Savannah, Georgia so I can start organizing my work here, fulfill the orders and prepare out trip back to Hungary!

 


 

 

This how it looks, when New York shoe experts, teachers come together to have a pattern making demo (I was the one demonstrating the famous Budapest model). I hope we can get together soon again!

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One of my student asked me last week, if I can complete a lit what she would need for making shoes… I must confess, that I have a very little idea. I pretty much just buy, get everything and the sometimes I get to use them. On the other hand I tried to complete a basic toolkit set, what I suggest for shoemakers to get. I admit the the knives a bit beyond the basic kit, but after all you will have specialized knives for different jobs, especially, when they are getting short from the sharpening (that might take a few years and shoes).

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So, let’s go through the short list of tools!

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And this one is nicely personalized with a stamped sock liner. Sweet.

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Do I need to write a post to this title, really? 🙂