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.

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Taping the last

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Finding the center line

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Drawing the design

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Transferring design to paper

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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 www.sorrellnotionsandfindings.com, 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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