Category Archives: Workshop

Shoes, shoes, shoes

I had a very active day since my last post.

– I found an old tool maker, and I could consider him to make me and my friends some more tools, the exact copies of my old tools. I can hardly wait to see the result. This would be a really big thing in my professional life . I don’t mean that I don’t have perfect tool. I do. All of them are made before the WWII, some of the even the WWI by the way. No problem with old tools. I love them, actually I am addicted to collect them. They work perfectly, better what they produce nowdays. I decided to help my US collagues, so I bought some more sets. … and … and… I couldn’t sell them. I couldn’t miss them. Most be some mental problem.. 🙂 

– I will prepare the next visit to the shoe and leather laboratory. I always like this visits, they have cool materials, colours, so I can feel like a child in the kindergarden. I hope I can make some photos there, what I can post.

– I continued the golf shoe. I don’t have much time, since I have some urgent order, but this can be important. Golf season is coming.. 🙂

– I started to make a new ICON. I improved a few details, so this will be even better that before.. I hope.

A new customer/a new idea

I created a shoe – approx. a year ago. Nothing pecial, just my favourite last, a nice leather and some cool staff to make high gloss and antique look. I realised, that nmy customers like it. I have an old customer, who just got his pair and he called me today, telling me that the people notice his shoes immediately, when he enters somewhere – even he sent me a new customer!


A few days ago I had a visitor (and a customer actually) from abroad. He specified everything about his new pair: french black boxcalf, semi brough, etc… and he have recognised this shoe on the shelf. So he extended his order with this one.

hmm. Should I make one for myself? 🙂


ohh I almost forgot.. the idea. I never give names to my shoes. For what? anyway i never made more than one pair from them, but it seems this one is a special one – deserves a name. ICON. This will be its name.

New tools from ebay and… Shoemaking videos!

I registered a few months ago to ebay, but I didn’t buy or sell so many thing yet. I wanted to sell my old, redundant tools.. but I don’t have reduntant ones. I couldn’t force myself to sell any of them. They will stay. (just like Gollam in Lord of the Rings.. 🙂 – my preciouses…)

Now I found some great tool on german ebay – I put my licit on (quite much I must say).. and I won. My girlfriend almost get a heart attack when she realised that I paid for a collection more than 100 euros, just because I neede one tool from it. (The rest will go to the “precious” section). Girls.. 🙂 How come they don’t understand how important a rasp could be?


DVD Shoemaking Lessons

I put some videos on youtube 18 months ago, and get more than 200.000 visits in them, but there are still some people who wants more… – hopefully. Some shoemaker student asked for instructional videos for simple technologies (what I never use for bespoke shoes actually), so I decided to make one, maybe more later. and I just finished the recording and started the cutting. Here are some pictures.

I almost forgot: The voice over it won’t be mine – I will ask someone better. Good for all of us.