Master here

Emily – my only apprentice – is really active on my blog recently. It is actually good. I am a lazy blogger. Looking through the calendar, what WordPress provides – I post recently once in a month… in a good case. Well.

Luckily I have Emily here. You can learn all the detail from her posting – a little bit of coloring here and there, but more or less what happens. This is not a classic apprenticeship. She is actually more than that. I never realized, that my workshop is not well organized. I don’t spend enough time there, being a full time teacher. My time is hardly enough to run in, make my orders and run back home to my family, in a good case to dinner. Sometimes go back after my little son goes sleeping and do a bit more work. Things has changed since Emily arrived. She very respectfully reorganized the workshop, cleaned the shelves, interviewed me (more like forced me to tell) what do I use, or as she asked: “will you use this in the next three month?”. Then when I admitted that I don’t think so, she sent them to storage. A lot of boxes.

She reorganized my patterns too. I guess that makes sense. I had at least 3 different systems, depending on the time of the order, it was the high time to put them together in nice manila folders, labels (she is obsessed with labels. She actually bought a labeler machine), and organizer boxes.

About her work: “not hopeless” as I say. In reality, she is getting better and better. She is definitely not the typical Am… student, who only hears the”great” from the sentence, which is starts with a sugarcoating, like  “great job, but… “, Emily actually listens to the rest of it too. Positively. Even her skills are not enough for many steps – like with the super hard JR stiffeners. In those situation the elves jump in and do the skiving in the night. (I was always wondering if this is the explanation for the legend?), but her first shoe actually not that bad – making a pointy toe for the first cemented shoe is not bad at all. (Sorry I am not gonna use, great and other superlatives – I try to keep those for special times).

We have fun beside working hard. That is how a workshop should be. A fun, creative space, where people can work hard and they feel good and want to go back the next day. Every workshop should have an Emily.

Second Post from the Apprentice

Please note: I will be away for 2-3 weeks and figured I should get a 2nd post in before I vanished. I am not trying to inundate everyone with my ramblings… 

In my prior post I forgot to add the most important part! MM gave me “three rules of blogging” on his blog. As you read these “rules” remember the person (i.e. MM) said this to me with a straight face, stern voice and was sharpening a rather large knife at that very moment. The rules are:

1. “Do not destroy my reputation.”

2. “Do not destroy my reputation.”

3. “Do not destroy my reputation.”

Pretty simple, right? I hope to honor these rules to the best of my ability… Now let’s get started…

Continue reading Second Post from the Apprentice

Introductions…of the Apprentice :)

Hi Shoes & Craft Readers!

I will be honest. This is terrifying to be on the other side of this blog. I have read Marcell’s blog for several years now and could not fathom I would be writing on his blog (or any blog)- EVER! I am more of the reader-type (i.e. lurker) not the posting-type. In fact, I joined social media late in life. Like really, really late. I finally succumb to joining Facebook in 10/2014! I am still hopeful to keep in contact by snail mail and telephone… Call me old fashioned.

Continue reading Introductions…of the Apprentice 🙂

New Shoemaking Course! March 20-25

There are changes with the high heel course, here are the details:


March 20-25
Savannah, Georgia

The 6 days program will cover:

  1. design basics
  2. pattern making
  3. clicking
  4. upper-sewing
  5. lasting and
  6. finishing

With a lot of hands-on and yes, you will walk away with your very own high heel. All the participants will receive the next DVD “High Heel Making – Shoemaking #3”. All the materials and tools will be provided and we will also give you a chance to purchase tools and additional materials so you can continue practicing.

We have very limited seats and it usually fills up pretty fast – but if you intend to come, send us a mail, so we can send you a registration sheet and details.

The participation fee:

6 days: 1495 USD

Please send your inquires: