Boot and Saddlemakers Roundup

I won first place in the Masters Category! This pair of boots is entitled “Wild and Blue.”

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Winning!

This is what’s known as a win/win situation. Mother thinks it’s really cool to get to work on a boot for someone special, and I think I get to take a break while someone else is working.

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New boots!

My apprentice Flora has finished her first pair of cowboy boots!

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I have a mean boss

I’ve been trying to get back into the shop and inseam these boots for a week now. Today I sternly told myself I was not allowed to go home until it was done. I finished one this morning, and starting the second one at 5:15 was an incentive to work quickly!

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Finally!

I had issues (all of the self-inflicted variety) getting these boots on the last, but once I solved those the boots lasted in about 10 minutes. I think they were happy too.

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Art

Close-up of an art/just for fun piece I created recently

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A win and a loss

Strapping a pair of boots after lasting (that leather piece wrapped over the boot) is almost an admission of defeat for me; it means that I wasn’t able to last it quite as well as I wanted and I’m trusting the strap to do the final bit. On the other hand, ostrich leather is usually a pain to last and often requires a strap. The good news is that the boots are standing up straight! With a boot this tall, if they’re at all crooked it shows up in a big way.

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