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by jkrichard
Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:41 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 23910

Re: Insole leather

<t>DW, <br/> While your tallow may have no visual or olfactory signs of rancidity, you may have little hotbeds for microbial organisms unless those were made with antiseptics. <br/> <br/> The products you listed above also contain antioxidant preservatives as well as common antimicrobial agents. <br...
by jkrichard
Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Insole leather
Replies: 385
Views: 23910

Re: Insole leather

<t>I have a question regarding tallowing. I can understand its historical significance, but I have to question its modern usage in footwear. Fat, even highly saturated tallow, is still subject to oxidation and therefore turning rancid. Part of fat's breakdown process is turning into it's acid consti...
by jkrichard
Wed Apr 21, 2010 3:13 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61872

Re: The Gallery

Had my first experience with crepe... I mixed a little traditional with a little crepe...and this is what I came up with: 11215.jpg Whole-cut oxford in (Hardtke) French calf with asymmetric decorative brogue. Extended heel counter for additional ankle support. 11216.jpg Leather insole with additiona...
by jkrichard
Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:56 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61872

Re: The Gallery

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These were made while I was in Budapest...
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7-eyelit wingtip Oxford, English welt construction, hidden channel, etc etc
by jkrichard
Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: One "Last" Question
Replies: 1811
Views: 51471

Re: One "Last" Question

<t>Marlietta, <br/> I was looking at your website and noticed that you briefly apprenticed under two Italian last makers and one French shoemaker (or was it lastmaker?). I am in Hungary at the moment and I am currently scheduling travel to Italy for taking measurements and France to visit one of my ...
by jkrichard
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:03 am
Forum: The Registry
Topic: The Registry
Replies: 535
Views: 28710

Re: The Registry

Welcome to the forums Francis and Jen, I hope you'll enjoy the wide range of skills and diverse backgrounds here, as much as I do.

Cheers,
-Jeff
Member, HCC
by jkrichard
Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30307

Re: Great Leather!

<t>Everyone, <br/> While not completely related to boot and shoe making, I just received my order of "English" bridle leather from Wickett and Craig. I picked up a hide in chestnut and a hide in tan. Absolutely gorgeous hides, good square footage (25, 26 sq ft), great, firm hand, beautiful consisten...
by jkrichard
Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:14 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30307

Re: Great Leather!

Athan,
EC leather has been supporting Green Country students for years. We don't say, "I'm going to see EC leather tomorrow," we say: "I need to go see Sue."
by jkrichard
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:05 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61872

Re: The Gallery

Joining in on the jodhopper madness (I think we *should* have a 'boot of the month "challenge" http://www.thehcc.org/forum/images/old_smilies/wink.gif ... 11019.jpg Jodhpur ankle boot, built on boot last (usually built on shoe last form, but I used a boot last to get the toe spring/heel height). ...
by jkrichard
Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:01 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61872

Re: The Gallery

11000.jpg Cowboy work boot. Brown bull hide, green calf tops. Full storm welt. 4 rows of top stitching. Leather midsole with heat formed synthetic outsole. 11001.jpg Chukkas in burgundy French calf (from Hardtke). handmade horsebutt welt, leather midsole, heat formed synthetic outsole. 11002.jpg Jo...
by jkrichard
Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: News and announcements
Replies: 76
Views: 3657

Re: News and announcements

Late to the party... but Happy Birthday DW. While there may be some argument to the fabled 64 stitches per inch...we can't argue 64 years to the DW. Many more!

-Jeff
by jkrichard
Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:26 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22603

Re: Lasts

<t>Bill, <br/> Congratulations, I hope this all works out with awesomeness and 'win!' <br/> As far as catsitting is concerned--- I think it's a deep and underlying conspiracy somewhere within the shadowy world of Naugahyde that these felines converge in plotting their revenge against their 'masters....
by jkrichard
Fri Jan 22, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61872

Re: The Gallery

My entry into "Club Chukka." 10911.jpg 3 eyelet Chukka in black patent leather with red stitching. 10912.jpg Full welt on horsebutt, spinning stitch with reverse color spinning stitch on leather midsole.Welt made by hand, 7 strand waxed end. Italian leather outsole shaped by a broken piece of glass ...
by jkrichard
Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1353
Views: 41157

Re: Pattern making

<t>Nasser, <br/> I think my problem was largely in part due to leather choice. I chose a very stretchy Italian kip that simply would not play nice with the crimping board. <br/> My questions was about the best approach to use with ankle boots, or rather, the most common approach. Was it best to crim...
by jkrichard
Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1353
Views: 41157

Re: Pattern making

<t>DW (or anyone, Nasser?), <br/> Is it best---or, rather, is it a good way to approach the jodhpur as a mini-Wellington (*insert Austin Powers impression here---->____. I attempted to pattern a jhodhpur this past weekend and was left with much frustration with the vamp... I thought I re-approach th...
by jkrichard
Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:03 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Tools to Make
Replies: 142
Views: 8680

Re: Tools to Make

<t>Kieran, <br/> A hand crank gimping and pinking machine. I've seen a few with removable/replaceable wheels on ebay from time to time...but they are usually in a very shoddy state of disrepair. I'm really tired of punching each and every hole out with a rotary punch...so a brogueing wheel would be ...
by jkrichard
Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:25 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1353
Views: 41157

Re: Pattern making

Wouldn't the choice between a shoe or boot last on a jodhpur or other ankle type boot (or any boot for that matter) really be determined by desired heel height/last's toe spring? Most of the roper/walking heel type boot lasts that I've seen have a similar instep shape and cone area to that of a shoe...
by jkrichard
Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: News and announcements
Replies: 76
Views: 3657

Re: News and announcements

Janne,
Isn't there a saying that every good shoe or bootmaker has a spouse that works in town?

I had to send mine off to the Army just so I could buy better leathers. Image

-Jeff
by jkrichard
Thu Jan 07, 2010 8:45 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 7953

Re: Welt

Al,
I had considered using skirting sides, my concern was the density of the fibers, which is why I opted for a hard-rolled horse butt... let me know your take on the 8 oz Wicket & Craig would ya?

Jeff
Member, HCC
by jkrichard
Wed Jan 06, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61872

Re: The Gallery

Proof that the world has gone upside-down: Lisa's making shoes, and I just finished my first triad...kind of... Construction and Style Mash-up! 10790.jpg 3-piece boot made of Hardtke French calf, black bullhide. 3/4 welt with horse butt heel rand. Spanish style tops. 10791.jpg Since it was a combina...
by jkrichard
Wed Jan 06, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 7953

Re: Welt

Al,
On the horse welt: a similar experience here. The NOC butts I get are hit and miss. I've taken to cutting a test strip and mock welting it. If the hide seems to dry, I use it for heel rands.

-Jeff
Member, HCC
by jkrichard
Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: News and announcements
Replies: 76
Views: 3657

Re: News and announcements

Janne,
I'd have a hard time leaving Hara, I think. My French is limited, but I gather it was a news piece on how the small Swedish village is practically self-sustaining---meaning business is conducted quite frequently between households?
by jkrichard
Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:37 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: News and announcements
Replies: 76
Views: 3657

Re: News and announcements

Master violin maker Marco Coppiardi in his Boston studio. I found this video of master violin maker Marco Coppiardi last night. I always enjoy watching a master craftsman, of any discipline, working at their craft. A lot of the sentiments expressed by Master Coppiardi are echoed here. Enjoy. -Jeff ...
by jkrichard
Sun Jan 03, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: News and announcements
Replies: 76
Views: 3657

Re: News and announcements

Janne,
Are you spoiled by fresh baked bread every morning?
by jkrichard
Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:43 pm
Forum: Shoemakers Wanted...
Topic: apprenticeships and schooling
Replies: 213
Views: 17466

Re: apprenticeships and schooling

<t>"Happy New Year everyone, and I promise I will post as many tutorials in the next year as I can." <br/> <br/> Here's a tutorial of Jeff sweeping the Koronya shop floor... <br/> <br/> Here's a tutorial of Jeff scrubbing the Koronya shop toilet (with a toothbrush, of course)... <br/> <br/> Here's a...