Monthly Archives: March 2022

Leather heels

A common misconception is that cowboy boot heels are made of wood. They are not; cowboy boot heels are composed of as many layers of sole leather required to achieve the desired heel height. Today I’m stacking heels, which means … Continue reading

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Only heels left

Next comes building the heel and then these boots will be finished! The heel is made from pieces of sole leather layered on top of each other, one at a time, leveling each one before adding another, until the correct … Continue reading

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Lasting

This pair of boots has been waiting patiently for weeks to be lasted, and they went onto the lasts beautifully.

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Job well done

Inseaming boots always makes me happy. I enjoy doing it, I like knowing it’s done, and (assuming I did a good job) it gives me pleasure to look at it.

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Toe shapes

My mentor Jay Griffith called this toe shape the Streamlined Square and it’s my very favorite toe. This customer said I could choose the toe shape and that’s an unwise thing to say to me unless you want a Streamlined … Continue reading

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Boot maker fun

This is what I’m working on just for fun when I have time, right now. They’re for me.

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Visiting an old friend

I visited a friend this evening and saw an old pair of my boots in his collection. I made these for myself a long time ago and eventually gave them to him for display because he’s a boot collector. I’ve … Continue reading

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Lasting boots

I was definitely praying the Boot Maker’s Prayer (Please match, please match!) on these. I lasted them once and wasn’t happy so I took them both off and tried again. The second time was satisfactory and I’m glad because it’s … Continue reading

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Boot pulls

Sewing the pull into the side seam is a pain, but the good news is that once the side seam is done I don’t have to go back and sew in the pull! Also, I love the way it looks … Continue reading

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Pegging soles

There always must be a few recalcitrant ones but overall it’s a decent job of pegging a cowboy boot sole. Vintage 000 Pegging Hammer, Pegging Haft with 40mm Pegging Awl, rubber bumper at the base of awl to help it … Continue reading

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