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by bill_harris
Mon May 21, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: One "Last" Question
Replies: 1811
Views: 51397

Re: One "Last" Question

I have pretty complete sets of the U.S.NAVY dress shoe lasts and the U.S.MIL-5 boot lasts. The MIL-5 lasts have M.L.C. stamped on the other side. Would consider putting them up for adoption to a good home.

Bill Harris
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by bill_harris
Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 35408

Re: Looking for...

Is a skiving machine usually clutched on and off like a sewing machine?

Bill
by bill_harris
Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 35408

Re: Looking for...

I am looking for a new or rebuilt Bell Knife for a PLUMA SKIVING MACHINE MODEL H made by United Shoe Machinery Corp. The Serial Number is 882.

Randall Leather Machinery Corp does not have one.

Thank You

Bill
by bill_harris
Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22536

Re: Lasts

<t>John, <br/> <br/> My analogy of using a fishing rod to position a brick is that I did not find a router-duplicator to be the right tool to copy lasts. One problem is with the stylus that follows the surface of the last. Other issues are trying to make a last with a different length and/or width. ...
by bill_harris
Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22536

Re: Lasts

<t>John, <br/> <br/> Substandard is not the right description. <br/> <br/> Visualize trying to lift and position a brick using a fishing rod. <br/> <br/> Take a hand grinder and make sawdust out of 200 cubic inches of wood. <br/> <br/> The small copiers use a steel ball on the end of a small rod as ...
by bill_harris
Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:25 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22536

Re: Lasts

Long long ago before digital cameras and CAD I made a 2 wood lathe machine built around a Sears Router Recreater that would make both right and left lasts from the same pattern. I still have the dimensioned drawings from which it was built if anyone wants to see them. I found it wanting. Not machine...
by bill_harris
Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22536

Re: Lasts

Rick,

I have a 17-1/2 W in a J &V style 6933.

Bill
by bill_harris
Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61766

Re: The Gallery

Trying to post adding a couple more underscores.

Bill
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by bill_harris
Sun Aug 09, 2009 2:29 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61766

Re: The Gallery

<t>Another amateur reporting in. The top leather is 4 ounce belting. The edge finish is lightly burnished carnuba paste wax. With a power burnisher the color could be made to approach a mahogany. <br/> <br/> \image {c:/Documents and Settings/Bill/My Documents/My Pictures/IMG_0219_(640 x 480).jpg} <b...
by bill_harris
Tue Jul 08, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: Of interest...
Replies: 407
Views: 13261

Re: Of interest...

DW,

I would like the shoemaking equipment in Michigan.

Bill Harris
by bill_harris
Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:02 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 23892

Re: Insole leather

DW,

I would take 1 or 2 of the Baker leather.

Bill
by bill_harris
Sun Oct 07, 2007 7:42 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tackling the heel
Replies: 228
Views: 12478

Re: Tackling the heel

I have a three dimensional duplicating machine that could make heels from wood. If you send me your model or pattern and the material this machine can cut you a left and a right. It can also be adjusted to make the finished heel several sizes longer or narrower than your pattern. 5515.jpg (640_x_480...
by bill_harris
Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:17 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48170

Re: sewing machines

<t>Dan, <br/> <br/> Thanks for letting me know what the mystery lever on my Singer 136 is. <br/> <br/> I think that I met you about 1990 in Williamsburg. <br/> <br/> You had recently finished a pair of dark blue Mary Jane shoes for your wife. <br/> <br/> I am going to try to get to Wisconsin this fa...
by bill_harris
Thu Sep 20, 2007 6:00 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22536

Re: Lasts

This is a pair of split blocks that I am going to use to make a pair of lasts for myself. The end result is a joint like a slip last and the heel part pulls out of the shoe or boot. I use a #10 wood screw through the heel and I put a self tapping Heli-Coil insert (P/N 4885-3AQ X 5/8) that is designe...
by bill_harris
Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:12 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48170

Re: sewing machines

<t>I have a Singer 136W 103 post machine that came out of a factory in Philadelphia a long time ago. <br/> I never saw it run and I have a question and an issue. Other than that it works good. <br/> <br/> The question is... What does the horizontal lever under the arm of the machine that moves from ...
by bill_harris
Fri Sep 14, 2007 6:36 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1150
Views: 34755

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

I would like your comments about using dacron lacing tape for sewing inseams.

Bill Harris
by bill_harris
Tue Sep 11, 2007 1:12 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48170

Re: sewing machines

DW,

This is a picture of a small table that lets me use my Singer 136W103 post machine for flat sewing.
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Bill Harris
by bill_harris
Fri Sep 07, 2007 9:25 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61766

Re: The Gallery

These pictures are of the 6th pair of boots that I have made over a 25 year period. The lasts are J & V TLW 0406. I call this a "Eastern" boot. Patterns were made using H.J. Patrick's book. Learned a lot. Have a long way to go with my sewing 5422.jpg 5423.jpg 5424.jpg 5425.jpg This is my first try a...
by bill_harris
Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:03 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1353
Views: 41122

Re: Pattern making

<t>I spent the holiday weekend wrestling with George Koeloff's geometric method of making patterns for shoes. <br/> It takes longer to put this geometry into my old CADKEY 98 program but making changes in the geometry is cut and paste. <br/> I compared Koeloff's method with the mean forms from lasts...
by bill_harris
Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:19 am
Forum: The Registry
Topic: The Registry
Replies: 535
Views: 28676

Re: The Registry

<t>Hi everybody, <br/> <br/> My name is Bill Harris. I was an early member of HCC. <br/> Attended Randy Merrell's seminar in 1982. <br/> My youngest child graduated from college in 1991 and I went into business doing design of special tooling and machines. <br/> Worst financial decision of my life b...