I have been extremely busy lately. But for all the right reasons! I’m happy to announce two important events that’s going to happen this summer. The long anticipated summer course will be held from 10th June to 17th June. It will be held in Ashland, OR. The technique I will be teaching is the English… Read More
but you can call them blue suede, as you probably don’t know any songs about nubuck shoes, right? Anyway – a simple, casual derby for everyday, just to add a hint of color to your khakis, maybe jeans.
We just received some superb quality german reinforcement tapes – way better quality than before and… now reinforcement for eyelets came back. This time not from the nasty fiberglass, but 1″ wide polyester.The whole kit on sale for a week: self adhesive topline, backline, reinforcement and eyelet reinforcement tapes (all 100 yards). + one 200… Read More
Budapester, duotone, double goyser. …and yes I make these for orders too.
I have a great news – finally we have inseaming awls and channel knives back to stock! Beside that I have an other great news – all customer, who purchase over 100 USD, will receive a complimentary Shoemaking DVD. This one:
Here we go again, continuing the derby shoes. To make sure that the adjustment is perfect, we need to use the paper pattern again, and mark the overlaps with a silver pen.
First things first – let’s check if we have everything. Pattern pieces – even we clicked the leather, we still need them for marking the overlaps, folding, etc.
This is a long and heated conversation between the industry professionals. The question sounds like this: what is “handmade”? Makers, like me (and many others, working with their hand and tools only), would answer this way: “surely handmade is a product which is made by hand entirely”. Sounds logical, isn’t it? It is so funny… Read More
Diamond cutter and polishers (diamantaire) is a rare and very highly appreciated craft, which needs a lot of training, special skills and equipment – for a good reason. They work with one of the most precious and hardest treasure of Earth, diamonds. When they find those stones, they are not beauty, pretty much look like… Read More
This shape is kind of rare. First of all: not the latest fashion, except western boots and women shoes. It doesn’t mean you can’t find this style in the bespoke fashion. Here is an example. I am not saying it is only possible by hand, but for a nice result – that s the way. It… Read More
This is what we are going to see today – a shoe render with a simple way.
There are rare occasions in the bespoke shoemakers life, when we have to make a whole eerie for the same style of last. Here are some advices. 1. Don’t bother with US sizes. Seriously. You need to make half sizes as the scale if pretty big, so you will end up 11 sizes – even if… Read More
We got a few questions about the course, let me ask them here too – maybe there are people who wants to know the same. What constructions I can learn? That depends on you, your skills and ambitions. I have some years of teaching experience, I am confident that I can guide a perfect beginner through… Read More
Great news, here’s the final schedule for our 2014 Summer Intensive Apprenticeship Course! Time: 9th (Monday) to 27th (Friday) June 2014, on weekdays The duration of the course is 3×5 days, that is 15 intensive all day workdays. Location: Savannah, GA, USA. This is the only location and time we have for this year, so… Read More
Which is coming with a story. So, some time ago, I was walking in NY with some friends and their friend – first time in my life there – and stepped into a fancy shoe store in Madison Avenue. They started a conversation with the salesman there, who was actually a shoemaker, just being… Read More
I think it not even necessary to explain how beautiful this leather is. By the way – they cut cut it off from the animals two different way – through the belly, so the back will be in center of the hide – we call them hornback and the other way around, cutting the back… Read More
I assume if is redundant o mention: this post is not written for people with sensitive stomach. Told ya.. Anyway: shoemaking is not for sensitive people. Shoemaking, like it or not, use animal hides, which come from animals. The good news, the hides are usually side products, as animals are killed for their… Read More
Yeah, it is me, being sarcastic again. It is painful to see which pieces/makers the magazines pick to represent our Craft. No offense to anyone who showed up there – I am not saying all featured makers are bad choices. I was there too, and some of my respected fellow makers, but they make some… Read More
I received a phone call from an aspiring shoemaker, asking about what tools I’d suggest to get to make shoes. Although it is a really difficult question, however, there are some basic tools all shoemakers need. I am gonna list a few (not a comprehensive collection) and enclose a link to purchase it, if you… Read More
I don’t think that I really have to write a tutorial about this, some people seem to be really well educated in this topic… but… As this is just a sarcastic title, kind of “end of the year” post – maybe some will learn the opposite. So, how to make a craftsman upset? These are… Read More
I participated in the HCC meeting in Guthrie, Oklahoma a few months ago. I was asked to do a presentation about any chosen topic – I thought the best one would be finishing, which is probably a constant challenge for most of us. I promised before I will upload the presentation, but let me just add… Read More
Goyser this time, one of my speciality. This one is made for the modified last no. 224 for bespoke order. …and this is my new Budapest last, duotone cordovan.