Peyote Flowers for Jay

Jay Griffith called this his peyote flower design, and I learned it from him. Jay was loud, and mean, and profane, and sensitive, and had an incredible gift for design.

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Stitching soles

Freshly stitched soles

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Laser cutter… bah humbug!

Four panels (two fronts, two backs) cut out by hand with an X-Acto knife

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I need shoes too

I always have personal projects to work on when I’m waiting for something to dry or just need a break from my real work. These pieces will be a pair of shoes for me someday.

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Is it a bug or a feature?

I’ve decided that my delight in ensuring every step of the boot making process is precise is not due to some sort of compulsive desire for perfection. It’s laziness. I took a tiny bit of extra time to make it nice and neat at this point so that later when I lay the soles, there will be a defined and smooth place for them to go. Putting on the soles will be easy and there won’t be ugly gaps or spots where they don’t want to stick.

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I have lots of company

The first one said, “No, I don’t want to go on the last today. NO, you can’t make me! NO, STOP TRYING TO PUT ME ON THE LAST! OK, fine, but I hate you!”
And the second one said, “Yes ma’am, I’d love to go on the last today and I think you’re pretty!”
In related news, someone asked me once how I coped with working alone. My answer was, “Anthropomorphism.”

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New and improved!

Introducing my newest obsession: cowboy boot shoes

I’ve named this pair “Hello Trouble”

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Progress

Sunburst boots are sideseamed and ready to put on the last

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Next!

I’ll be starting this pair of boots soon.

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Sunbursts

The sunburst boot tops are stitched now and ready to become cowboy boots.

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