Monthly Archives: August 2016

Building heels

I dyed and finished the soles, and now I’m starting to build the heels.

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Pegging soles

Yesterday I pegged the soles on the two pairs of cowboy boots that I’m making this month. Here I’ve marked where the first row of pegs will go. This is a #5 Stitch Marker. Each cowboy boot sole has a … Continue reading

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Coat of Arms

Here’s a close-up the Austrian coat of arms boots. The boot tops are completely stitched! I’m thinking of naming this pair “Take These Chains From My Heart.” I can’t think of a good classic country song about Austria.

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“It’s a Boot Life”

The August episode of “It’s a Boot Life” is on YouTube. It’s a Boot Life

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Baker Leather

If you’re a boot or shoemaker and you’ve been curious about the Baker Leather, now is a good time to try it. Thanks to Brexit, the prices have come down on almost everything. Plus, everything that sells is one more … Continue reading

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Hand sewing

The last time I posted a photo of these boots I said that they were “ready to be inseamed.” Inseaming is sewing on the welt–that narrow strip of leather going around the toe–and in my shop it’s done by hand, … Continue reading

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Ready to inseam

I have the toe boxes in, and the boots are ready to be inseamed. Here’s a look at how I prepare the lasted boot for the next step. I like things to be neat, even if it’s a part that … Continue reading

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