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!

“Competition”

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!

Another view

Another view

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.