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Traveling boot maker

Mother and I are in a hotel in Indianapolis, on our way to the opening of my cowboy boot exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art. I wanted to make it to Dayton, Ohio, but an unplanned detour because of an interstate accident closure added a couple of hours to the drive time. We’ll have to get up early tomorrow; we’re driving to Cleveland to visit the talented Jacob Ferrato at JBF Customs. 

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Stitching soles

Here’s a short video of me stitching soles. If you watch carefully there’s a terrifying millisecond when the boot wiggles. I’d just washed my lunch dishes, my hands were damp, and the boot stuck to me when I repositioned my hand.

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Working with other people

I have this up on my shop wall and it never fails to amuse me.

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Shanks

The shanks are shaped and laced into place and now it’s time to add the counter cover, which gives the cowboy boot shank its distinctive rounded shape.

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Pralines

I’m at the Footwear Symposium and just found this on my table, bought for me by a kind friend.

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Toes

The “toe box” is a stiff piece of leather or synthetic that’s sandwiched between the foot leather and the lining, so the the toe will hold its shape. I have the toe box in these boots now!

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