All the little pieces

All of the pieces for this boot top design are cut out by hand and then skived by hand. No, I can’t buy punches or dies for the designs, because clients are all different sizes and I like to allow a design to evolve each time I make it. No, I can’t use a skiving machine because these pieces are too fine and oddly-shaped, and I often cut little holes into a piece, creating places a machine couldn’t reach. This boot has two front panels and two back panels, all featuring the same design, so accuracy is required.

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Confession

I like to create really intricate paper patterns when I do overlay designs.
Oh… who am I kidding? I like to create really intricate paper patterns for everything.
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Your Cheatin’ Heart

Introducing: “Your Cheatin’ Heart”

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Don’t Give Your Heart to a Rambler

Introducing: “Don’t Give Your Heart to a Rambler”

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Almost finished

I’m coming down the home stretch on this pair.

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Told you they needed more heel height

The lasts came out of both pairs of these boots quickly and easily, which is something I can’t always say. Now I need to finish the heels and I can go home. Tomorrow I’ll take the final “formal portraits” and then mail them to the new owners.

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Expert opinion

In my expert opinion, both of these boots will need a few more heel lifts tomorrow before the heels are complete. 🙂

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