Take two (or maybe it’s three)

File this under “Terrifying Things Occasionally Spotted On Lisa’s Workbench.” I wasn’t happy with Ira and Charlie’s faces so I ripped them off and am trying again.

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Confession

Confession time:I hate my Louvin Brothers shoes. Satan is standing at an odd angle and Charlie and Ira have demented expressions. I’ve decided to make them again, only better! I’d originally planned to just tweak the design and not mention I was re-making them so all of you would continue to believe I’m perfect. Instead I will generously allow you to follow along as I see what mistakes I can make this time. Plus, I decided to add flames so it’s going to be obvious it’s a different pair. I can’t promise Charlie and Ira’s faces will improve much. It is truly difficult to achieve light and shadow and expression at this scale on a single needle, non-computerized, hand-guided vintage sewing machine with the original clutch motor. One of them will probably still have this expression: 🥴

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Whiskers laces

Once I began making shoes I realized the importance of shoelaces. I also realized I’m quite choosy about quality. I found a company called Whiskers Laces that makes unique and attractive shoelaces and they’ve become an integral part of my designs. I emailed Whiskers and told them so, and they wrote about me in their blog!

Whiskers Laces blog

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Introducing

“Blackbirds and Crows”

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Always trying to improve

Several years ago, a customer of mine brought in a pair of boots made by a Texas boot maker named Don Atkinson. They were beautifully made but I especially admired how neat and clean and flawless they were where the heel area of the boot met the sole. Since that day I’ve been working hard to create a perfectly defined and flat heel area on my boots and shoes. I’m pretty happy with the heel area on these.

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Skiving

I have the boot tops skived and all the pieces for the inlay skived too. It took me around 45 minutes to hand skive all four boot panels.

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More progress! In one day!

The soles are stitched. I’ll let them sit overnight in a plastic bag; I want the soles to be still damp but not too wet or completely dry when I put in all the wooden pegs tomorrow.

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Don’t mind me, I’m bragging

Four layers of leather on top of each other (two boot front panels, two back panels), design cut by hand with an X-Acto knife

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Progress

The customer chose the smooth leather over the rough-out and they’ll be completed soon. I laid the soles this morning.

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Surprise!

New boot design for someone who was wise (or unwise) enough to say, “I don’t know… do what you want.”

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