Welcome to The Crispin Colloquy--a web based forum of boot and shoemaking topics. Here anything and everything pertaining to the Gentle Craft is open for discussion. Please feel free to express your opinions, explore techniques, share resources and reveal crans.

The basic set up of this forum is quite simple although it may seem otherwise to those who are not familiar with discussion boards. Please explore! You can't break anything.

For those who have never previously used a forum, the place to start is in the "Frequently Asked Questions." Here you can quickly familiarize yourself with the basic functions of the forum. Proceed to "Formatting", especially if you want to use italics or colors, or other special characters in your messages.

Although this board is open to the public, all users are encouraged to register--in the left frame. After registering, committed users will wish to enable email notification--"subscribe"--for "System Announcements" and "Open Forum," as this will make discussions easier to follow and allow Administration to keep members informed of changes to the board.

Established in the fall of 1998, the Crispin Colloquy has always aimed to be one of the most diverse and eventually, most comprehensive, sources of shoemaking information available...anywhere...in any format, while at the same time remaining true to the Traditions and the roots of the Trade, as well as the mission statement and goals of the Honourable Cordwainers' Company--"to preserve and protect." To that end we have made a good start. There are literally thousands of posts on this forum, on almost any imaginable subject that concerns boot or shoemaking.

Again, welcome! And enjoy...
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