Monthly Archives: December 2014

Paige

I saw this on Paige’s workbench this morning. She’s so talented and I love working with her!

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Today’s tip

Here’s another tip for creating precise inlay: Lay the leather directly onto the pattern before placing any of the inlay pieces. This way you can be sure you’re positioning them in exactly the right spot.

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New idea

My client chose this design… …in these colors. I’m torn between admiring it and being super annoyed that I didn’t think of it myself. Isn’t it going to be lovely?

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Inlaid boot tops

The secret to creating flawless inlay is planning the order in which the pieces will be placed. I’ve chosen to put the flower pieces in last so they can just be a circle, with no worry that they’ll extend into … Continue reading

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New last for Lisa

I decided to fit up a new last for myself. It really is a brand new last–it’s never been used! It’s an old Western last from 1948.

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Shop maintenance

My husband Dale taught Paige how to replace the ballast in a light fixture today. She says her arms are going to be sore tomorrow! As you can see from the expression on our faces, I’m goofy about her and … Continue reading

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December newsletter

Here’s a link to my December newsletter. December 2014

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Silk thread

If you should visit my shop right now, here’s what you would see in the front room. Two pallets of silk thread have been unloaded and sorted by thread size. Shelves have been ordered and my oldest daughter Morgan has … Continue reading

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Birds, butterflies, and knives

This is the next pair of boots I’m starting.

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Steady hand and lots of practice

As the previous picture demonstrated, each shape is cut by hand with an X-Acto knife. Then I go back and skive or thin all of the edges so the finished boot top will be smooth and clean. A bit of … Continue reading

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