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This is my fifth and final posting for MM’s blog. Throughout this journey I have learned much about myself and the craft. But like all things, this had to come to an end. And, while one door closes, another door opens.

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We are literally hours away from opening.


This is the panorama from the street – not in downtown, but a pretty good location. I can hardly wait to welcome the first visitor.

And it was just amazing. A lot of interesting, enthusiastic, generous people. It is not just a great networking experience (and I mean it), but a great place to discover new machinery. leather, supplies, but mostly: learning. A lot of learning. 5 days of celebration of our craft: shoe- and bootmaking. See you next year all of you!

We are thrilled to announce the schedule for the 2016 Summer Courses here, in our Koronya workshop in Savannah, Georgia. We will be offering a variety of courses aimed to expand your shoemaking knowledge whether you’re an experience maker or just starting out. Please make sure to check back for updates! We’ll be announcing new courses continuously!

To register, send us an email to info(at)!

Skill Course
for beginners and footwear industry professionals

June 7-11 (5 days)

If you’re at the beginning of your shoemaking journey, you’ll soon realize just how many facets of the craft there are and every single one of them require different sets of skills. Or you might be a professional working in the footwear industry with extensive experience in your particular field and you’re interested in knowing more about the other stages of footwear making.

The Skill Course offers a comprehensive overlook of the process and the techniques involved in the handmade shoe making from design to the finished product.


Pattern making
Upper making
Handmade shoe making techniques
Footwear industry vocabulary
+ Making of a sandal

Participants will be doing plenty hands-on experiments, and will be shown demos and given detailed presentations. At the end of the course, all participants will leave with a sandal that they made.

Stitched-down construction
for all levels

June 12-16 (5 days)

The stitched-down technique is a great introduction to hand-stitching in shoe making. A versatile construction, it is one of the most popular choice for makers of all levels. All hands-on, intensive learning experience, with demos on design and pattern making. By the end of the course, you will have a pair of handmade shoes.

If you register by May 15th, you’ll be able to choose men’s or women’s last in the size you prefer.

English welted construction

for experienced makers

July 4-14 (10 days + 1 day rest)

The welted construction is a must in anyone’s shoe making journey. If you have already made a couple pairs of shoes, you should consider trying your hands at the welted technique. The English welted construction is an elegant and classic choice for men’s or women’s dress shoes. All hands-on, all stages are made by the participants which makes this course intensive and challenging. Demos of design and pattern making will also be included in the curriculum.

If you register by June 6th, you’ll be able to choose men’s or women’s last in the size you prefer.

Cemented construction

for beginners

July 21-25 (5 days)

The cemented construction is an universal technique used in the footwear making industry. We’ll show the participants the handmade way of making a pair of cemented shoes. All hands-on, intensive learning experience, with demos on design and pattern making. By the end of the course, you will have a pair of handmade shoes.

If you register by June 20th, you’ll be able to choose men’s or women’s high heel last in the size you prefer.

I have loads to discuss from February until now!! So I will do my best to brevity my post.  Without further ado, let’s begin…:)

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Here it is again, our very own Footwear Symposium in June 24-26  Ashland, Oregon.


Why do you want to be there? Because it will be amazing. The long version: pre symposiums workshops (register here: , presentations, competition and a lot of chances to purchase tools, lasts, leathers and so on… Not talking about the chance you can meet your fellow shoe and bootmakers and other enthusiasts and educate yourself about the trade – independently of your level. There is always more to learn.

There will be amazing speakers:

And an expert panel, where you can ask any question and get answers right away, feedback of your work or just advices what you need.

Here is a couple of pics from the last year:

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Hi Shoes & Craft Readers,

I am sorry. I fell off the blogging wagon. Good news is: I plan to write another post later this week with more current stuff. In the meantime, I wrote this post the first week of February and didn’t publish because I was chicken. But, I figure if I am going to blog about my experience I will be candid… So here it is:

Although I was supposed to be home spending time with family, I worked quite a bit and figured I would share what has been going on. We got MM’s new commercial space locked down. MM moved to a bigger, better studio in Savannah (see MM’s Instagram for photos). I can’t express in words how excited I am for him. Seriously, I am over the moon happy. MM gave me a pretty major role in his move (e.g. suggestions on paint, setup, design, etc). Since I was in California when MM signed the contract and got the actual keys to move in, he called me on FaceTime so I could experience with him and his family opening the doors for the first time! It was very cool. As someone who aspires to open their own studio it was exciting to see everything come together. Beyond workshop and designing its space, we set up MM’s trademark with USPTO, made changes to his websites, added some more classes, got in contact with a few new suppliers, bought some more equipment/machines, worked on his book and some other administrative things. All great stuff!! I am sure MM plans to discuss all these exciting things so I don’t want to take too much wind out of his sails…. So, I will get into my loquacious and overly caffeinated posting.

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