Oak Leaf Design photo essay

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The client had the brilliant idea of making the acorn tops out of alligator. I’m using one of the flippers (hind leg area) because it has tiny little scales.

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I’ve cut out all of the acorn tops; now I have to skive them. As much as I love alligator, I DO NOT love skiving tiny little pieces of it…

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…but, I got finished very quickly and now it’s done.

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This will be the nut part of the acorn.

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Here’s 24 of them all cut out and ready to be skived.

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Kangaroo leather is super easy to skive.

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First I cement the little alligator acorn tops into place, then add the acorn body.

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Acorns!!!

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PIDDLE!! Remember when I said I cut out 24? Well, one is missing. It’s probably stuck to my boot sole or something. You know the quickest way to find it? Cut out another one.

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Yep, once I cut out another one I found it. It got stuck to the newspaper I use for applying glue.

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This is a sneak peak at what the boot tops will look like with all the leaves. Of course it will look prettier once it’s stitched.

About customboots

I'm a custom cowboy boot maker. I own a business, Sorrell Custom Boots, and I create bespoke cowboy boots using vintage machinery and hand tools. I have no employees, but my daughter Paige works in my shop with me. She has her own business making ladies shoes.
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2 Responses to Oak Leaf Design photo essay

  1. Clive Love says:

    Hi,Lovly work,The acorns do show up well with the alligator tops.The photo essay is a grand idea.I can not wait to see the finished stitching,Going to be a few tight corners,but I am sure you have done this before.Regards Clive.

  2. customboots says:

    Clive,
    Oh yes, lots and lots of corners–that’s why I’ll be much happier about this design when it’s completed! I’m glad you enjoyed the essay.

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