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by dmcharg
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: Merry Christmas...
Replies: 10
Views: 210

Re: Merry Christmas...

And a, slightly late, Happy Christmas and a safe New Year to you all, from me :)
Cheers
Duncan
by dmcharg
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 111
Views: 8344

Re: Looking for...

Took me a couple of moments; "Big Blue Thumb"? Then it finally clicked :)
Any photos from the AGM, Al?
by dmcharg
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 111
Views: 8344

Re: Looking for...

Martin's piggy bristles arrived two days ago. Very happy. They will fill in a gap I've had in my supplies for doing uppers. I have the big 8" bristles, the finest of these I've been using for uppers (as I have some very small, 3" or so, ones, but not many of them, so I've been reluctant to use them ...
by dmcharg
Sun Dec 03, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: "64 to the inch"
Replies: 169
Views: 11884

Re: "64 to the inch"

Well, the lady who I met with the other day looked at the single ply thread I use as the basis and said 'That's very thick'. I suppose if you pulled apart the antique 'Shoemaker linen single shoe' thread I've got, it would have at least 50 fibres in it at any one point. This lady talks about spinnin...
by dmcharg
Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:05 am
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 111
Views: 8344

Re: Looking for...

:) Yes I've used fishing line in the past DW. What I like about the natural bristles is that they are not parallel. Thickest at the root and finest at the frayed tip, so when you splice in the waxed end, it isn't thicker than the the root, thus making a smoother transition through the hole in the le...
by dmcharg
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 111
Views: 8344

Re: Looking for...

Just a call out to anyone who sews with pig bristles. If you like the heavier ones, and primarily use them for inseaming and soles, I would be interested in any unwanted fine bristles, as I sew *all* seams by hand, and none are too fine. I use more of the finer ones as there are more seams in the up...
by dmcharg
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1489
Views: 65871

Re: The Gallery

Nice work Arttu and Martin. That's a lot of work and complexity for your third pair of shoes, Arttu. Keep it up. The fact they are better than your previous pairs says you are learning and moving forward. Something we all need to constantly do. Hey Martin, I've loved the shape and beauty of those ol...
by dmcharg
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: "64 to the inch"
Replies: 169
Views: 11884

Re: "64 to the inch"

Thanks Steve and Martin. Yeah, give it go if you can get a hold of good enough linen thread. A long fibre, single ply, 'Z' twist thread is difficult to get. My stuff is over 40yrs old, and I met up today with a flax spinner with a view to getting her to hand spin fine 'line' flax (3 foot long fibres...
by dmcharg
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Cine Cordonnnier
Topic: Cinema Verite
Replies: 29
Views: 5824

Re: Cinema Verite

After months of having the latest update for iOS iMovie, and finding out that it was hamstrung by not allowing (for iPod and iPhone) post production narration, I bit the bullet today and my wife and I carefully followed the Charles Proxy 'how to' here http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/12/25/how-to-d...
by dmcharg
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:15 am
Forum: Cine Cordonnnier
Topic: Cinema Verite
Replies: 29
Views: 5824

Re: Cinema Verite

G'day all, I've made a quick vid. of my hand sewn butt seams, using 'Apron Cam.' :wink_smile: I'm still stuck with the hamstrung iMovie, so all narration had to be done while filming, which was a bit distracting at times for me. And I picked up, for a few dollars at an Op Shop (think Thrift Shop in ...
by dmcharg
Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:05 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Square Sewing Awls
Replies: 34
Views: 3995

Re: Square Sewing Awls

Sorry Curt, Only just came across your question, but Al and DW have it wrapped up well and you've got it under control :)
Have fun.
Cheers
Duncan
by dmcharg
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36420

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

neatly driving the peg home.
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Worked better than I thought it would :)
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So I now have a secure heel, and the repair took around 20 mins. I may put in extra pegs at a latter date.
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Cheers
Duncan
by dmcharg
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:32 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36420

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

An excursion in pegging. As most of you know, I'm a nut who sews through my stacked leather heels to attach them to the body of the shoe, and until this last week I have found this to be a lovely way to do the job (though it *is* a lot of hard work). My everyday pair of shoes, that I made at the beg...
by dmcharg
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:45 am
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: Of interest...
Replies: 410
Views: 14323

Re: Of interest...

Thanks Paul, And wishing you continued success with your hand sewing :beers:
Cheers
Duncan
by dmcharg
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: Of interest...
Replies: 410
Views: 14323

Re: Of interest...

G'day All, Does anyone know if the Shoemaker's Competition in Germany is still going? Ref: International competition on the merits of Shoemakers' trade 2016 Host: Central Association of the German Shoemakers' Trade (ZDS) The most recent hits I can find date from the 2016 comp and I was hoping to try...
by dmcharg
Thu May 25, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: THE GOOD OLD DAYS?
Replies: 108
Views: 6655

Re: THE GOOD OLD DAYS?

My beautiful wife, Sandra, came across this yesterday. And, yes, he is a cobbler, but has high talents in 'pin work' on the soles, as well as decorative cuts to the heel breast and 1/2 sole.
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/cobbl ... ry/artists
by dmcharg
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: Cine Cordonnnier
Topic: The Screening Room
Replies: 127
Views: 8845

Re: The Screening Room

G'day All, Just a quick vid. on fitting a leather sole (actually made out of insole leather as these are 'fitters' shoes and it has worked very satisfactorily to date) using DW's suggestion, that I read on here about 15 years ago, on how to make it easier to sculpt around the shank. This shoe only h...
by dmcharg
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36420

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

DW, Just realised that the comment 'thin coat of paste over the outside of the heel and toe' probably doesn't explain it quite right :) I diluted a little Hershkleber with water so that it was the consistency of thin cream and brushed it over the the leather (when pasting heel and toe stiffeners int...
by dmcharg
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36420

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

Hey Jake, looks like you did the 'edit' at exactly the same time as I did my previous post, so I only just saw it. I stuck the Vibram tread and the rubber heel top piece (it's the same stuff that R.M. Williams uses) with Renia's Aquilim 315. It's a non-toxic, no fume, water soluble (before it's dry)...
by dmcharg
Mon Mar 27, 2017 7:36 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36420

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

Thanks Jake, just puddling along and learning.
Hey, um, Guys, maybe a little less of the bowing/worship icon; I'm not comfortable with that :)
Cheers
by dmcharg
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36420

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

Thanks Al and DW, Means a lot coming from you two. I was very pleased with how they turned out, especially the crushed heel and toes. The heel had been left like that for a year (everyday shoes). I was also pleased with how long it took for me to get them to soften up, wetting inside and out; using ...
by dmcharg
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36420

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

Part the last. I haven’t tried this level of re-furbishment before, but the results are very encouraging :) And, yes, there are moulded ‘ankle bumps’ in the upper :) DM ReFurb 12.JPG DM ReFurb 14.JPG I hope this has been interesting, and not too much of a marathon. Thank you for your time. Cheers Du...
by dmcharg
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36420

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

Part 4. The edges of the soles and stacked heels were scraped and sanded and old edging irons, dipped in brown Parade Gloss polish, brought into play to improve the edge finish. I was experimenting when I first made these, and was low on soling leather, so the heels, sole and internal shank are just...
by dmcharg
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36420

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

Part 3. The arch area had taken a bit of a beating, and the design was no longer easy to see, so I scraped and sanded back the surface... DM ReFurb 6.JPG Re-burnished in ‘resist’ lines ( to provide a bit of a barrier to the leather dye) with a bone ‘stitch prick’ tool... DM ReFurb 7.jpg Then re-dyed...