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Internal Stitchdown Boot | September 2020

September 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - September 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

$300 – $540


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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 midsole are attached by hand stitching we move on to closure, finishing and finally attaching and trimming the Vibram rubber outsoles.

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!

I usually wear mine while adventuring in field and forest, or digging footings for fence posts. They’re my work boots. That being said, they are quite comfortable too! I recently made a pair of wooden skis, and these worked great as ski boots as well.

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.

COVID safety precautions: I’ve moved the class space to the garage and limited class sizes to accommodate smaller groups. On warm days well keep the rollup garage door open with fans moving air out of the building. I’m also currently installing a ventilation system that will move air up and out of the shop as well as pull glue fumes creating a healthier class environment. Please bring and be prepared to wear a mask… even if you aren’t concerned for your own safety each class is a shared space and we need to look out for one another now more than ever. Hand sanitizer and wipes will be provided and each student will have an individual box of tools that only you use. For tools like sewing machines and grinders that student share we will do our very best to keep them clean and wiped down between uses. Please check in with me about your concerns and or please feel free to share with me and the group about your COVID experience… IE whether you’ve been tested negative or positive and or for antibodies. Openness and transparency together with first hand experience and knowledge might help us all be a little more secure about what we’re signing up for!

Also… i have been twice tested (june/july) and the results were negative. I and others within my immediate germ circle were very sick in late february and into march…  one of those people tested positive for covid antibodies in late june. i’m still working toward getting tested for antibodies as i believe we all had it back in feb/march. Just saying all that out loud in an effort to be fully transparent.


September 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am
September 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
$300 – $540


831 N Russet Street
Portland, OR 97217 United States
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