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by corvin
Sat Jan 26, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Finishing techniques
Replies: 177
Views: 16084

Re: Finishing techniques

In the recipe, the camphor acts as a plasticizer for the shellac, making the finish more flexible.
by corvin
Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Finishing techniques
Replies: 177
Views: 16084

Re: Finishing techniques

Here's a source for gum tragacanth in powder form:

http://www.danielsmith.com/Item--i-284-070-008
by corvin
Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 23910

Re: Insole leather

7-9 hard is what I've been using. Thickness compares to Barbour pre-made welt. It's denser though, which is nice.

(Message edited by corvin on March 13, 2012)
by corvin
Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:33 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22618

Re: Lasts

Dan,

Do you know which last manufacturer made the the wood last copy that came back from Mexico?

Thanks,
Craig
by corvin
Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:23 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: News and announcements
Replies: 76
Views: 3657

Re: News and announcements

Thanks for posting this Jon! Were those shoes for DDL or made by DDL?

On a side note, and speaking of studying with, Marcell will be in New York in June teaching. Any plans to head down to be a teacher's assistant?

Marcell's classes in NYC in June
by corvin
Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:25 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 35461

Re: Looking for...

Thanks Paul for the lead! I found this website for LCI. Right place?
by corvin
Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 35461

Re: Looking for...

I'm looking for a leather hardener to brush onto welts to firm them up a bit. Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Craig
by corvin
Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:07 am
Forum: Shoemakers Wanted...
Topic: apprenticeships and schooling
Replies: 213
Views: 17468

Re: apprenticeships and schooling

<t>I'm honored and humbled to be asked to be on this committee! <br/> <br/> As shoemaking goes, I do not deserve to be mentioned in the same paragraph as the others, but I will do my best to add to the committee a perspective of someone who has spent some time in Marcell's workshop. <br/> <br/> For ...
by corvin
Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 35461

Re: Looking for...

<t>A while back I was doing some research on adhesives and was a little surprised to find that all of the Vibram literature says to use Barge products. <br/> <br/> Then I found out that in addition to owning Barge, Quabaug is the North American Manufacturer of Vibram soling products under exclusive ...
by corvin
Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:08 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30307

Re: Great Leather!

Thanks Jon for the leads.

My concern with the S&A kid is that it's a bit too delicate.

Thanks,
Craig
by corvin
Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:38 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30307

Re: Great Leather!

Anyone have suggestions on where I might be able to find calf that has a pewter/silver finish but not a reflective metallic?

Thanks,
Craig
by corvin
Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1353
Views: 41157

Re: Pattern making

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by corvin
Sun Oct 11, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1353
Views: 41157

Re: Pattern making

<t>When I saw Marcell's seamless wholecut, it drove me crazy. How could this be possible?!? I could not sleep or eat for days. it became clear to me that I had no other choice. I took the first available flight to Budapest and for three days I went to the Koronya workshop early in the morning and be...
by corvin
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Shoemakers Wanted...
Topic: apprenticeships and schooling
Replies: 213
Views: 17468

Re: apprenticeships and schooling

<t>I truly don't know how I could ever repay the debt of gratitude I owe Marcell for the time I spent in his workshop. <br/> <br/> He is incredibly devoted to the craft and it's preservation and his knowledge is only surpassed by his generosity! <br/> <br/> And on top of all that, he's a good nature...
by corvin
Thu Jul 09, 2009 4:59 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Making Women's Shoes
Replies: 78
Views: 9181

Re: Making Women's Shoes

Can you post a photo of the type of shank you are using?
by corvin
Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Making Women's Shoes
Replies: 78
Views: 9181

Re: Making Women's Shoes

I was checking out Marcell's YouTube videos over the weekend and saw that he now has one on design and pattern making for high heel shoes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_Pdw12FhWs
by corvin
Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:43 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61902

Re: The Gallery

Here are the shoes that were in the background of the photo of Marcell's latest pair. 9470.jpg English welt construction with a fiddleback waist. Here's a photo of the bottoms, which are completely meant to be over the top. While shoemaking is taken as serious business, there's still room from some ...
by corvin
Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:53 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61902

Re: The Gallery

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Just finished these today in the Koronya workshop in Budapest.

I and the shoes owe a great debt of gratitude to Marcell for generously sharing the technical knowledge with me to make these shoes a possibility!
by corvin
Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:58 pm
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: New Ebay auctions
Replies: 48
Views: 7678

Re: New Ebay auctions

There was a discussion a little while back about fundamental tools one should have:

Here's a range of edge irons for sale on ebay:
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And a Landis 30 splitter, something that I'd add to the list, but this one's been oddly modified for some high production levels!
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by corvin
Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:25 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Thread
Replies: 694
Views: 26112

Re: Thread

DW, do you have contact info for Maine Shoe and Machine?

FYI, I just called Baltor O & Sons and they carry them. They are only 60 inches in length but do have tapered ends.

(Message edited by corvin on January 23, 2009)
by corvin
Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:38 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: "the water of life..."
Replies: 10
Views: 1190

Re: "the water of life..."

Perhaps the peaty novocaine flavor of the Laphroaig is masking the "sour" aftertaste. Have you tried another Islay or tried the Bruichladdich after some dental work? ;-)

(Message edited by corvin on December 02, 2008)

(Message edited by corvin on December 02, 2008)
by corvin
Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:09 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: On beer
Replies: 18
Views: 1705

Re: On beer

DW, is this the secret to the clean-lined sublime beauty and flawless execution of your boots?
by corvin
Wed Sep 24, 2008 9:45 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 35461

Re: Looking for...

Peg Wheel:

I'm looking for a Peg Wheel of the double row type - Does anyone have a spare they could sell me?

Thanks,
Craig
by corvin
Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:03 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: One "Last" Question
Replies: 1811
Views: 51475

Re: One "Last" Question

DW, try calling Farwest Materials in Walla Walla, Wa (?). They're very helpful! I don't have the number on hand, but a quick web search will bring it up.

Thanks,
Craig
by corvin
Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Making Women's Shoes
Replies: 78
Views: 9181

Re: Making Women's Shoes

Thank you to all - DW, Paul, D.A. and June - for your humorous and informative responses!

Interesting that steel shanks go back to 1851.

Thanks,
Craig