I forgot to post an update earlier because I actually got to get back in the shop and work! Today was cool and cloudy all day until after the air conditioner repairman came and fixed the air conditioner. The shop stayed reasonably comfortable and the fix was easy and not expensive. I had a good day, got lots of work done, and an old friend stopped by for a visit and took Dale and me to dinner this evening. It was a good day!
Sometime this afternoon between fixing the crimp break, attempting (with no luck at all) to fix the air conditioner that chose NOW to die, working on my YouTube video for Monday, and receiving a huge shipment of leather from England, I managed to cut out some leaves and flowers for my next pair of boots.
My order from Baker Leather in England just arrived and Morgan is preparing to remove all the packaging with her fearsome knife.
I get an email like this every now and then and it always ticks me off. Ray Dorwart is another cowboy boot maker in my town. I certainly don’t view him as a competitor–we’re friends and fellow boot makers. I’m happy he’s in town because we share supplies and leather if we have a need. I have friends and peers in this business but we do NOT compete with each other!
There are 95 little wooden pegs in the sole of this boot. The pegs are always spaced the same so the total number of pegs depends upon the size of the boots.
This is the bottom view of a pair of lasted boots. Occasionally I have problems with water spots when I last in the toe of a boot. I’ve started completely lasting in the toe area when I last the boot, then I never wet the leather again. Since the leather has already formed I don’t have to wet it after I put in the toe box.
I have two pairs of boots on the last! I believe I shall coast for the rest of the day.