Different stories

I’ll be working on the Oklahoma state boots for the next several weeks and I’m not allowed to share photos of them on social media until their grand unveiling at the State Capitol. This leaves me without much to share as far as boot making goes, so I’m going to try to remember to regularly post photos and memories of boots I’ve made.

These boots are based on an old Olsen Stelzer design. When I was measuring the lady she said, “I want a pair of boots with an oil derrick on them, because my family was in oil.” I thought, “That’s cool for you; my family was in poverty!” but I was smart enough to not voice that thought. 🤣

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“Today’s Wild West”

I’m featured on Mark Bedor’s show “Today’s Wild West.” I believe this will also air on PBS this fall. YouTube link

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Customers and their boots

Customers rarely ever send me photos of themselves wearing the boots I made for them, but occasionally someone will and they’re always marvelous.

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Elle magazine

I’m mentioned in Elle magazine this month. I have no idea why they wanted a photo of these boot tops instead of a photo of a completed pair of boots, but since chances are slim that being featured will lead to a sale (or sales) I wasn’t too worried about it.

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Introducing…

“Sad Wind Sighs”

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Fillers

After lasting and inseaming the boot leather sits above the insole, leaving a depression. You can see how the boot in the center has areas that aren’t level. On the left is the filler piece and on the right is a boot with the filler piece in place. I want to make everything even and level so when I add the shank cover and the sole, they will adhere tightly and not leave ugly gaps.

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Toes

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Introducing:

Introducing: “Blackbirds and Crows” (rough-out version)

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Introducing:

“If Heartaches Had Wings”

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At least one of my prayers gets answered

The Boot Maker’s Prayer (Please match, please match) has been answered. I’ve been building and leveling heels all day and I’m tired so I’m going home now and I’ll finish these tomorrow.

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