Monthly Archives: September 2021

Introducing

“Blackbirds and Crows”

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Always trying to improve

Several years ago, a customer of mine brought in a pair of boots made by a Texas boot maker named Don Atkinson. They were beautifully made but I especially admired how neat and clean and flawless they were where the … Continue reading

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Skiving

I have the boot tops skived and all the pieces for the inlay skived too. It took me around 45 minutes to hand skive all four boot panels.

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More progress! In one day!

The soles are stitched. I’ll let them sit overnight in a plastic bag; I want the soles to be still damp but not too wet or completely dry when I put in all the wooden pegs tomorrow.

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Don’t mind me, I’m bragging

Four layers of leather on top of each other (two boot front panels, two back panels), design cut by hand with an X-Acto knife

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Progress

The customer chose the smooth leather over the rough-out and they’ll be completed soon. I laid the soles this morning.

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Surprise!

New boot design for someone who was wise (or unwise) enough to say, “I don’t know… do what you want.”

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