Monthly Archives: July 2013

Lasted boots

The boots have been lasted and I’ve also put in the toe box, the hardened area around the toe that gives the toe its shape.

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Lasted boots

These boots have just been stretched around the last. Lasting is done with the leather wet, and here the foot leather looks dark because it’s still wet.

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Ready to put on the last

After the side seams are stitched the boots are ready to be put on the last. The last is the wooden or plastic form around which the leather is stretched to give it a foot/boot shape.

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Sewing the side seams

After the boot tops are completed I sew the foot part (called the vamp) onto the boot fronts and the heel part (called the counter) onto the boot back. Then I’m ready to sew the side seams. The sideseams are … Continue reading

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Completed boot tops

A cowboy boot design is created with different layers, colors, and pieces of leather. After the design is completed I stitch everything in place on my old Singer sewing machine–there are no computerized machines in my shop!

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How a cowboy boot begins

A cowboy boot begins with cutting out the top panels (two front pieces and two back pieces) and cutting the design into each panel. Here I’ve cut flower shapes out of the top panel and prepared small pieces of red … Continue reading

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Finishing two pairs of boots

For my first photo on this blog I’ll show two pairs of boots that I’ve just completed. These boots were built by me in my shop, starting with flat pieces of leather.

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