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Modern Turn Shoe | July 2017

July 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am - July 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm


This is a 4-day shoe making class. in which, we will each build a custom pair of turn shoes.

WHEN: 2017 july 6-9thth
9am till 5 pm each day


WHERE: my home basement workshop in north portland, oregon

HOW MUCH: $450. (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, stitching and assembly. we will be using industrial walking foot sewing machines in this class to assemble the uppers, some sewing machine experience is helpful but not required. 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 every day shoes. from city streets to wilderness survival adventures this shoe is the most comfortable and durable i’ve ever worn. (and i wear em hard!) the uppers are bull hide 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… i recently started wearing a pair of “correct toes” and built a new pair of modern turn shoes to fit them. turn shoes are perfect for wearing with correct toes as they are super simple shoes and since they are custom made the can easily be built to accommodate the spacers…

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.

***REFUND POLICY*** i’ve recently updated my refund policy and will no longer issue refunds of deposits or full payments… this is a very small family business run from my home based workshop and i generally start purchasing materials for each class as sign ups come in. when you sign up for one of my classes please be ready and committed to show up, work hard and have a great time with your fellow students. i love the work i do and am fully committed to providing a fun, informative and challenging class! I do of course know that things come up that are beyond our control and am happy to transfer any payment you make to me to a future class. Thank you for understanding…

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 6, 2017 @ 9:00 am
July 9, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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831 n. russet st.
portland, 97217 United States
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