Oak Leaf Design photo essay


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.


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…


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


This will be the nut part of the acorn.


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


Kangaroo leather is super easy to skive.


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




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.


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


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 also own www.sorrellnotionsandfindings.com, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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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:

    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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