Challenges of rough-out

The Little Prince boot tops are rough-out–that’s the back side of the leather. The back side of this blue wasn’t as clean and unblemished as I might have wished (one tends to choose leather by the grain side) but I played with placement until I’d either eliminated or covered all the irregularities on both tops. Now I move on to cutting out the design. It can be difficult to see your cutting lines on rough-out because the powder can get lost in the fuzz so I’ve traced around the design with my heat-erasable marker to make it more visible.

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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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