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Shoemaking class

I’m in Ashland, Oregon, taking a shoemaking class with Bill Shanor. I watched Paige make shoes but I’ve never made a pair myself from start to finish. She took two classes with Bill, so this is kind of a pilgrimage … Continue reading

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Treeing before lasting

I’ve never treed my boots until the very end; I wasn’t trained to tree them before lasting so it didn’t make sense to me. But recently someone explained that it straightens them up and makes them less likely to twist … Continue reading

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Remembering Jay

My old mentor Jay Griffith told me that a good top stitcher should be able to put one row on a set of boot tops (4 panels) every 30 minutes. This is a 4 row stitch design; I started it … Continue reading

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Starting new boots

I’m starting two pairs of boots this week. One is all black with four rows of black stitching, and one is bright and colorful.

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Christmas

Today I’m using a gift from Dale. It’s a pulley off his truck–he was doing repairs so when he replaced the pulley he cleaned it up and gave it to me for Christmas, to use as a paperweight. Romance isn’t … Continue reading

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Cards

I am a big believer in writing thank-you notes, so today I designed three greeting cards that I can use for writing notes.

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Learning more about lasts

It was a good day today at Lastmaker House in Eastbourne, England, learning about last making. The last on the left is the one I worked on today. If you look closely you can see that it’s beginning to have … Continue reading

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