Heels

I built heels today, one layer at a time until I reached the correct height.

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Still not

Here’s a pair of shoes I finished today. And nope, I’m still not a shoemaker. I am learning all sorts of “I should have done that differently!” things though.

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I’ll Fly Away

My completed boot shoes
This is the first piece I’ve created since we lost our daughter Paige that is specifically about that loss. They are titled “I’ll Fly Away.”
 
I didn’t get to take them on the cruise because there was a patterning issue. I was able to fix it when I got back to the shop; it’s not invisible but they’re wearable now and as the old boot makers say, “No one will ever see it if you’re riding a black horse in a dark alley.” I don’t know if the error was caused by a mathematical error during geometric patterning or if the geometric patterning system I used simply isn’t designed to create patterns for lasts with higher heels. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to make more boot shoes!
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Just playing

It appears I’ll get to take these with me on the Country Family Reunion cruise next week. I didn’t invent the cowboy boot shoe–as far as I know the credit for that would go to Olsen Stelzer–and it appears I’m the only one interested in bringing them back. Having said that, I’m still figuring them out, but they fit me and that’s encouraging! I hope I’ll have time to come in and finish them tomorrow.

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Louvin portrait

I’m starting the portrait panels of the Satan is Real/Louvin Brothers boots that I’ll raffle. This large, vaguely Ira-and-Charlie-shaped hole is how it begins.IMG_8413.jpg

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The start of inlay

I’m making progress on the “Satan is Real” boot tops. Don’t worry–leather art is always transformed by stitching so it will look better soon.

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Sunday afternoon

I spent a Sunday afternoon with Satan.

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