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Scandinavian Turn Shoe | June 2019
June 20 @ 9:00 am - June 23 @ 5:00 pm$225 – $450
This is a 4-day shoe making class in which we will each build a custom pair of turnshoes based on a classic 10th century Northern European design.
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 on to 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 everyday 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 American bison and the 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.
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