Monthly Archives: October 2016

I make beautiful things

Something in this photo is amazing and wonderful. Can you spot it?

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New Chair

Paige‚Äôs boyfriend Shane has been doing upholstery for several years. Like her, he became interested in leather work early and is already quite accomplished. I purchased this comfortable old chair second-hand, but the vinyl upholstery was ripped. Shane recovered the … Continue reading

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Soles

Yesterday I laid the soles on these boots, stitched them, and pegged them. I should have focused better on the stitching because it’s fantastic! (I’m not quite good enough on a curved needle to be over bragging about it when … Continue reading

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Playing possum

This little guy was playing possum right in the middle of the alley behind my shop. I thought that was rather unwise of him, so Dale shoved him over into the grass with a board. You don’t want to get … Continue reading

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It’s a Boot Life

Here’s a link to my YouTube video for October. “It’s a Boot Life”

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Work, then play

I came into the shop bright and early this morning, and had a pair of boots inseamed by 10am. My reward is a massage this afternoon.

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Almost over the hump

They’re on the last and the toe boxes are in. I’m going to force myself to make waxed thread before I go home, and then it will be downhill all the way to the finish line on these boots!

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Advice from a pro:

Tip: You can set something aside and wait 20 minutes for the glue to dry, but if you forgot to actually put glue on it, it won’t stick.

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Second boot

Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

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First boot

When lasting a pair of boots, there’s always one boot that’s harder to last than the other. I really, most fervently hope that this one is the hard one. Let me rest a bit, then I’ll go last the second … Continue reading

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