Monthly Archives: October 2013

No laser cutter here

My friend Marcell Mrsan, shoemaking professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, called me a few minutes ago. He had shown some of my work to his students and they were refusing to believe I didn’t have a … Continue reading

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Happy

These boots are making me happy, which is a good thing. Designs that make me happy become better boots.

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Another pair of boot tops

This is an additional example of the difference that stitching makes.

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Stitching the boot tops

One would think I’d grow accustomed to it but I never tire of seeing a design come to life when I stitch it.

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Boot tops

They’re coming along quite nicely!

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Top band

This morning I’ve been working on the top band for the navy alligator boots. I’ve cut out the leaves and skived all of the edges.

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October’s navy alligator boots

This is the boot top design with the navy alligator heel piece to demonstrate the color scheme.

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Crimping vamps, 3

Both vamps are on the crimping boards.

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Crimping vamps, 2

This is my crimp break. It’s a tool that puts the initial stretch in the leather so it’s easier to put on the crimping boards.

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Crimping vamps, 1

Today I’m crimping a pair of navy alligator vamps. Here I’m beginning to stretch them over the crimping boards.

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