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Definition

Sometimes I put the piece I cut out back in behind the inlay to pop it out and give definition.
Pro tip: It’s smart to remember to punch the holes for the coat buttons and put the orange leather in before! I forgot on one and had to peel it back off, punch the holes, put the orange leather in, and stick him back down.
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Wondering

I wonder what I’ll make out of Cherry Red Alligator?

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Beginnings

Boot tops: it’s a start.

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The last comes first

Lasts come in standard sizes but feet do not. I’ve customized this last for the client; I like to fit the last before I start cutting leather.

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Beginnings

This is how a commissioned pair of cowboy boots begins.

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Rainy day in Oklahoma

I laid the soles on this pair of boots today, stitched them, and the next job is pegging the soles. But it’s a wet and rainy day and the soles aren’t drying at their normal pace. They’re still far too damp for pegging, but they’d be too dry tomorrow if I left them out, so I’ve placed them in a semi-open bag for the night. They should be at the perfect stage in the morning.

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