Auction

I have a small art piece in the Smithsonian Craft Show Auction.

Smithsonian Craft Show Auction

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Sleep-deprived

I stayed up until 2am this morning fixing an unexpected website issue. Now I’m having the sort of day where I must audibly talk myself through everything.
“What was I doing? Oh! I was finishing the soles on these boots. Now I need to dye and ink them…”
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The Tim Shelton Podcast

Hey everyone, I got to be the featured artist on Tim Shelton’s podcast! My episode is #96. Tim Shelton is an amazingly talented vocalist and musician, and his band is The Surly Gentlemen. Their website is www.thesurlygentlemen.com

The Tim Shelton Podcast

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It’s a Boot Life

“It’s a Boot Life” is my monthly YouTube show. It always includes a segment called “In the Studio,” which is 2-4 minutes of technical boot maker stuff. This episode I experiment with the heat-erasable pens and give my verdict on using them for leather. The rest of the show is about the life of a cowboy boot maker. This month there’s a “Moment with Morgan” where she discovers a new (disgusting) soda flavor, and “Bluegrass Visitors” featuring a visit from Borderline Bluegrass, a southwest Missouri bluegrass band.

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Paige at work

I’m too grumpy to be photogenic today, but Paige doesn’t have that problem. ❤

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Sad news

I haven’t been able to work in the shop or post many pictures recently; my dad has been very sick and I’ve been spending a lot of time in Missouri with my family. He’s the one who taught me to be fearless of snakes, lizards, running barefoot, and climbing trees. I like to think that it’s because of him I had the daring to try cowboy boot making. Here’s a little glimpse into the man he was.

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My personal code

I have three pairs of boots to inseam–this mens size 11 and two pairs of ladies size 6. The larger the boot, the more stitches there are, and the more stitches there are, the longer it takes. In the spirit of doing the hard things first, I inseamed the largest pair of boots today.

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