Shoemaking class

I’m in Ashland, Oregon, taking a shoemaking class with Bill Shanor. I watched Paige make shoes but I’ve never made a pair myself from start to finish. She took two classes with Bill, so this is kind of a pilgrimage for me–a chance to follow in her footsteps and feel her spirit.


Taping the last


Finding the center line


Drawing the design


Transferring design to paper


Bill gets to cut everything out because he’s the teacher and I’m the student.

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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2 Responses to Shoemaking class

  1. Jan says:

    Those look like they’ll be beautiful! Are you using your handmade lasts?

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