Last build-ups

Don’t forget to slice through the leather build-up at the cone or hinge. I know someone… wide-eyed innocent look… who’s forgotten before.


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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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3 Responses to Last build-ups

  1. Mark A Dawber says:

    Good tip! I’ve run into the problem, but never thought of slicing through the buildup. I
    got away with tapering the buildup down to nothing just in front of the joint. Slicing it would
    have been better. On the inside waste, where I have to do a big buildup right across the
    joint to accommodate an orthotic, I use a removable piece sculpted out of epoxy putty and
    temporarily stuck on with a glue stick. I got this last (all puns intended!) idea from Tim
    Skyrme’s “Bespoke Shoemaking”, pg. 21, and just changed the materials. The added
    piece pops out easily when unlasting, but I have to be very careful not to knock it off the
    weak adhesive during the early stages of lasting.

  2. Mark A Dawber says:

    Oops! Inside waist, not waste…..I hope….

  3. customboots says:

    I’m glad you liked the tip! When I do a buildup with putty that goes across the hinge or cone, I drag a peg through it to create a channel down to the last surface.

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