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by kemosabi
Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61793

Re: The Gallery

Now that's how Ladies shoes are supposed to look... Classic elegance. I bet the Lady receiving these shoes commands respect.

Well done, Sir. I'm inspired.

-Nat
by kemosabi
Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Intstructional video for handmade mens dress shoes
Replies: 15
Views: 3072

Re: Intstructional video for handmade mens dress shoes

Our own Lisa Sorrell has some good youtube videos that cover the basics of measuring and transferring to a last, especially for someone who has some experience to know what she's talking about. Also; I imagine DW covers this in his videos, but he would have to confirm that as I haven't seen them yet...
by kemosabi
Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61793

Re: The Gallery

Rick, you've been pretty quiet lately so it's nice to get a peek at what you've been up to. :)

Cheers, -Nat
by kemosabi
Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1353
Views: 41123

Re: Pattern making

DWFII wrote: That said, I do crimp the vamp liner and quarter liner for all oxfords as a full cut...thus eliminating the internal seam.
Aha! This one's going straight into the bag-o-tricks. :beers:

Never did like those pesky liner seams.
by kemosabi
Fri May 24, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24505

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

This baby birdie will open his mouth and beg your indulgence:

Why such long bristles?

Thx.
by kemosabi
Fri May 24, 2013 8:28 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24505

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Thanks for the source. At this point my interest in boars bristles is mostly for the sake of "romance", and I figure a well supplied shop should have a box of them on hand for when the mood strikes. Plus; a nice little wooden box looks better on a maker's bench than a roll of fishing line on a plast...
by kemosabi
Thu May 23, 2013 8:15 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24505

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Sorry for any confusion, I meant to say "Speaking of 6 to 7 iron insoles" :doh:

The other ounce references were intentional.


Where can one find genuine boar's bristle nowdays?

Cheers,
-Nat
by kemosabi
Wed May 22, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24505

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Speaking of inseaming 6-7 oz insoles: I've examined fine ladies lace-up boots from the late 19th century and been amazed at the small tools and thin materials that were used. Outstanding workmanship at that small scale. I can only imagine how thick the insole was, or what the inseaming looked like, ...
by kemosabi
Wed May 22, 2013 11:39 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24505

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

You're right. I use a heavy cord and larger awl so that everything is in proportion. Never had a problem with my boots leaking (crossing fingers) or coming apart. I can see the advantages of smaller holes though.

As usual DW, you give me something extra to think about! :)

Thx,
-Nat
by kemosabi
Wed May 22, 2013 9:35 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24505

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Here's the fishing line I use. I got this roll 2nd hand and it looks like it's pretty old, so I have no idea if Jinkai has changed the formula or process for how it's manufactured.


Cheers,
-Nat
by kemosabi
Wed May 22, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24505

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Fantastic! Thank you for the offer Jon. I accept. Started out using needles and never really made friends with this approach, although I've been curious to try heat-treated "proper" needles for awhile now. Besides; I'm too early-on in my career to get set in my ways. I'd be happy to send you some of...
by kemosabi
Tue May 21, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24505

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

I've had good success for some time now using a hybrid approach. Nylon/needle. -Cut about 5 inches (or whatever your preferred length) of fishing line -Flatten one end with a hammer and trim/taper the other end. -Poke a hole in the flattened section with an awl -Taper and wax the cord, insert into t...
by kemosabi
Tue May 07, 2013 8:18 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: Just some thoughts...
Replies: 113
Views: 6266

Re: Just some thoughts...

Cody,
It's a dancin' nanner... Being naked is the least of his problems!
by kemosabi
Thu May 02, 2013 4:20 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61793

Re: The Gallery

Paul, much appreciated Sir. Thank you.

Cheers,
-Nat
by kemosabi
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:59 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61793

Re: The Gallery

Thanks DW.
The are veg calf (regular) w/milled veg linings both from Waterhouse. Only the 2nd pair of oxfords I've made so far.

Cheers,
-Nat
by kemosabi
Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:04 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61793

Re: The Gallery

-Nat
by kemosabi
Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:55 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61793

Re: The Gallery

Cheers, -Nat
by kemosabi
Tue Apr 30, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: Just some thoughts...
Replies: 113
Views: 6266

Re: Just some thoughts...

I agree; Looks good. :thumb:

Thank you for the work put into getting us up and running.

Cheers,
-Nat
by kemosabi
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57299

Re: Tools of the Trade

Thank you DW and Jan for the input on this.
Much appreciated.

-Nat
by kemosabi
Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:49 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57299

Re: Tools of the Trade

Updated... Thank you.
#6 is an odd critter. the "T" handle looks like it's designed for pulling. Maybe a channel tool?
15962.jpg
by kemosabi
Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:46 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57299

Re: Tools of the Trade

Thought this might be an amusing and useful distraction, so I lifted a photo from the old workbench posted in "tools for sale" and attempted to identify the tools. For the sake of accuracy, please feel free to correct any mistakes and help fill in the blank ones. 15960.jpg #5 at first glance looks l...
by kemosabi
Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:21 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Finishing
Replies: 83
Views: 5546

Re: Finishing

Fantastic!! Nasser, Thank you for taking the time to share this.

Regards,
-Nat
by kemosabi
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:31 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Finishing
Replies: 83
Views: 5546

Re: Finishing

Pure Carnuba wax is often called "white wax".

Cheers,
-Nat
by kemosabi
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:26 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Finishing techniques
Replies: 177
Views: 16073

Re: Finishing techniques

I'm afraid this mixture would be unsuitable because of the wax it contains, but you're thinkin' outside the box and I appreciate that. thank you. I found a source recently for the real deal, so here it is for those who may be interested: http://www.naturalpigments.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=462-10B C...
by kemosabi
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Thread
Replies: 694
Views: 26098

Re: Thread

<t>It is correct that the fibers need to be straightened first by using cards, comb or even your fingers if the fiber size isn't too small. <br/> <br/> Once you try spinning (cording) on the knee, you may find it's easier than it seems. At least that was my experience. There's something natural abou...