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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.

Jay Griffith

This is one of the only photos I have of my first boot making mentor, Jay Griffith. He was a walking contradiction — mean, but also sometimes kind; profane, but he also prayed for me once when I had a … Continue reading

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NOW I’m through

Did you think I was finished stitching leaves when the boots tops were completed? If so, you were wrong. I still had to stitch all of the leaves on the vamp and counter (foot and heel) and I even fit … Continue reading

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Boot tops stitched

Five rows of stitching — three olive and two hunter green — come together in the leaves on the boot tops. An unintended benefit of doing every other row in a different color meant that it was easier to keep … Continue reading

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Lazy? Efficient? Good designer?

I suppose one could make the case that I’m lazy, but I rarely ever create a design with isolated, stitched details. I like a design to flow and I feel that if each element flows into the next you should … Continue reading

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Progress

Usually I have every detail planned in my mind, but I was uncertain about the beading color on this pair for quite a while. I normally wouldn’t bring in another color that’s not being used for inlay somewhere on the … Continue reading

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Skiving

“Skiving” is thinning the leather along the edge so there are no bumps or ridges where the pieces join. “Skiving” also means goofing off in England, but yesterday I did the first kind of skiving, not the second one. Although … Continue reading

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Fun

I’ve cut out all the little pieces; now I get to have some fun and skive them all!

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Christmas Bracelet

Leather bracelet I made for a friend who loves Christmas

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YouTube: Shoemaking Tools

I made a YouTube video today about welt; how to slash it and why it’s slashed. I’m thinking perhaps I should change the title of my videos from “Shoemaking Tools” to “Lisa: The Intermittent Shoe Maker.” Link to video

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An afternoon with Charlie and Ira Louvin

I’ve gotten to work in my studio today!

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