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german turn shoe | july 2016

July 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am - July 31, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

| $350

WHAT: this is a 3-day shoe making class. in which, we will each build a custom pair of turn shoes based on one of two classic 9th century german designs.

WHEN: 2016 july 29-30th
9am till 5 pm each day

WHERE: my home basement workshop in north portland, oregon

HOW MUCH: $350. (at least 1/2 deposit needed to register)

Sign me up: 1/2 down as deposit to hold my place


Sign me up: paid in full


in this class we begin by making a casting of your foot (they will truly be custom built) then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, butt stitching and assembly. once the upper and sole are attached we move onto turning and hammering, closure and finishing and finally gooping the soles.

we cover a wide assortment of leather working techniques and tools in these classes but at the heart of what i’m really sharing are a few simple methods of attaching upper to sole. the design or style of the upper is kind of secondary here, once you understand how to attach upper to sole on this pair you are free to let imagination run wild on your next!

these are my simple every day slip on shoes. from kicking around in my back yard to city streets or wilderness adventures this shoe is one of the most comfortable and durable i’ve ever worn. (and i wear em hard!) the uppers are american bison and soles are heavy oil tanned latigo with an outer coating of recycled ground truck tire dust mixed with barge cement. when the rubber coating wears down i simply paint more on…

this pair of shoes could easily last you for the rest of your life if well taken care of!

space is limited to 5 students per class and they fill quickly. your deposit or full payment will be refundable until 3 weeks previous to class start date. after that no refunds are made.

FROM OUT OF TOWN? a couple of recommendations for near by places to stay…

Viking Motel
6701 n. interstate Ave.
Portland, Oregon 97217


students have had only good things to say about their experiences when using airbnb to find lodging near by.

class location is: 831 n. russet st. portland, or. 97217 (only a few minutes by car from the portland airport and the trimet lite rail system.)








July 29, 2016 @ 9:00 am
July 31, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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