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 carelessness with the knife during cutting or skiving means I have to redo the entire top panel.


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, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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4 Responses to Steady hand and lots of practice

  1. Joanne says:

    This work is fabulous. I can’t wait to see more of it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. rawsonrhys says:

    I am very interested in the process of making your custom boots! I cannot believe you cut each shape by hand with an X-Acto knife. Where did you learn how to make boots?

    • customboots says:

      I found boot making by answering an ad in the local newspaper for “stitching boot tops.” I spent a year and a half with that boot maker, Jay Griffith, then paid a former student of his to train me. I opened my own shop in 1996 and have been making boots ever since. I teach both cowboy boot making and leather inlay/overlay now.

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