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Scandinavian Turn Shoe | November 2020

November 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am - November 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

$250 – $450


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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.

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.


November 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am
November 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
$250 – $450
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831 N Russet Street
Portland, OR 97217 United States
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