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Last Making | april 2020
April 21 @ 9:00 am - April 26 @ 5:00 pm$1000 – $2000
this is a 6 day long last making class, limited to 3 students, in which you’ll build a pair of anatomical lasts designed, styled and 100% made from scratch.
I’ve been making shoes/boots on my home made lasts for a few years now and have run this as a one on one private class a few times now. I am finally ready to offer a group last making class!
As some of you know I’ve been teaching various styles of ‘Non-Lasted” shoe constructions for many years… I have been “Slip-Lasting” many of my shoes/boots but until recently haven’t been designing or building those shoes on a last. A few years ago i built my first pair of lasts from scratch and have been experimenting with and refining the shape ever since. In that time I’ve learned a lot about lasts and am still learning… there is sooo much to unpack when moving from making shoes designed on a casting of the foot -vs- designing shoes on a ready made last and or on the lasts i made to be shaped more like my own feet. I’ll talk freely with you about my experiences and what i’ve observed working with the different forms. We’ll talk about the relatively short history of producing shoes/boots on lasts and why lasts are shaped they way they are compared to the actual shapes of our feet.
We’ll be using a band saw, drill press and grinders as well as hand rasps to make and shape our hardwood lasts. Some wood shop experience would be helpful but is not completely necessary. You will leave with a pair of lasts designed and made by you from start to finish!
Once your lasts are done lets talk about making a pair of shoes or boots on them too!
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