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Scandinavian Turn Shoe | June 2020
June 25 @ 9:00 am - June 28 @ 5:00 pm$250 – $500
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 and every class, we begin by making a casting of your foot (they will truly be custom built). We’ll discuss the past 200,000 years of footwear evolution 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, tools and how to use them as well as methods for gaining leverage so you don’t wear your body out over time. At the heart of what I’m really sharing are a few simple methods of attaching the upper to the sole using the barest few specialized hand tools possible in an effort to make the process more accessible and repeatable at home.
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 8-9 oz bull hide 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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