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by dlskidmore
Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:29 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: "...a great way forward?"
Replies: 94
Views: 4862

Re: "...a great way forward?"

Alasdair,

Thank you for those links. I'm finding your website very informative.

Denise
by dlskidmore
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: "...a great way forward?"
Replies: 94
Views: 4862

Re: "...a great way forward?"

<t>"And quite often our novice approaches or attempts to cheat and reinvent are great opportunities for the masters to step in and point out our errors. " <br/> <br/> I agree. If the masters do not step in, the newbies will fumble among themselves and get on as best as they can. <br/> <br/> There is...
by dlskidmore
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 51274

Re: sewing machines

Tension problems can also cause something similar. I have a sewing machine that the tension knob occasionally slips and I get that massive pile of thread in one spot...
by dlskidmore
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:08 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: "...a great way forward?"
Replies: 94
Views: 4862

Re: "...a great way forward?"

<t>"the non-round angular cuts the awl made all tore through in wear at the ankles after a few years" <br/> <br/> Oh. Very interesting. I learned stitching from Al Stohlman's books, and he liked the diamond awl. Is that because of different applications, or is there a difficulty/durability trade-off...
by dlskidmore
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: "...a great way forward?"
Replies: 94
Views: 4862

Re: "...a great way forward?"

<t>I am mostly a lurker because I am in no way qualified to comment on the traditional aspects. I occasionally comment on supply chain <br/> <br/> "preserve and promote the traditional practise of the trade" <br/> <br/> I think to some extent though, encouraging craftspeople who come half way is the...
by dlskidmore
Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1354
Views: 43837

Re: Pattern making

Low quality has its place if the customer feels they got a good value, but usually there's enough hand work in custom shoes that cutting a few corners isn't going to save the customer a significant percentage.
by dlskidmore
Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1354
Views: 43837

Re: Pattern making

<t>"if you figure out what steps you can eliminate you can make more boots. the more boots you make the better off you are." <br/> <br/> Unless <br/> A) the step you skip makes another step harder or (you don't always get to make more boots by skipping steps) <br/> <br/> B) the step you skip changes...
by dlskidmore
Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:32 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 8181

Re: Welt

<t>"this is helpfull information denise thankyou. it will most likely benefit me greatly. what does it do for the trade though? " <br/> <br/> Well it sounds like it's a moot point since Ruby has what you need. But the benefit to the trade of a group of craftsmen making a custom order of soles is <br...
by dlskidmore
Sun Jan 27, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 8181

Re: Welt

"we need buying power. in a downed economy it will be hard pressed to find a financier. " There is always kickstarter... Although it might be a bit complicated to get enough shoe makers together to fulfill the orders, you could use kickstarter to pre-sell shoes with this new sole type, then take the...
by dlskidmore
Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 8181

Re: Welt

The 700 is available in more than one compound. Do you know which one you're using?

http://www.vibram.us/catalog/PDFs/700.pdf

There are a variety of soling sheets:
http://www.vibram.us/repair/repair.asp?Product=Sheets
by dlskidmore
Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22936

Re: Closing techniques

I'm not the one to answer about styles, but the stitching you circled looks like stress relief stitching for the corner there. If the lacing is pulled tight and the shape of the foot pulls the lacing tab backwards, there will be a lot of stress there. The perpendicular stitches strengthen that corne...
by dlskidmore
Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 37209

Re: Looking for...

Also check out Lisa's youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/customboots
by dlskidmore
Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 37209

Re: Looking for...

I don't own a copy yet, but I've heard recommended: http://www.shoemakingbook.com/about%20the%20book.htm
by dlskidmore
Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:15 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16976

Re: Fitting the Foot

Have you ever seen an orthopedic shoe made by a podiatrist that looked nice?
by dlskidmore
Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:06 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: One "Last" Question
Replies: 1811
Views: 53633

Re: One "Last" Question

"true last lathes can also "grade" the size up or down from the model"

What you'd want then is a CNC. Once you get the digital image of the last into the computer, you can scale it up and down or make modifications. Not just numeric scaling, but style or fit changes.
by dlskidmore
Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Through the Mists of Time...
Replies: 331
Views: 11861

Re: Through the Mists of Time...

That's the most foot-shaped toebox I've seen in a long time.
by dlskidmore
Tue Oct 02, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1853
Views: 61811

Re: Tools of the Trade

Any moving or removable part? Any holes other than the one flange?
by dlskidmore
Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:18 pm
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Equipment Question
Replies: 88
Views: 7634

Re: Equipment Question

<t>I know nothing about your model, but most machines have a hand wheel. You should be able to thread it up, and turn the hand wheel, and see if the threads are interlocking or not. Then stick in material and repeat, adjusting tension, then go for full speed motorized sewing. <br/> <br/> Caveat: my ...
by dlskidmore
Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36337

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

<t>Materials other than leather: <br/> <br/> My last pair of shoes was made of wool felt, and it was very nice to work with. I expect it won't last as long as leather, but my feet are happiest in thin soled shoes that wear out on the bottoms first anyway. Does anyone else use materials other than le...
by dlskidmore
Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16976

Re: Fitting the Foot

<t>My work is even more primitive than Nori's but I've felt welcome here. I hope the sophisticates see that we unsophisticated makers encourage the idea that shoes don't have to come from factories, and may encourage someone else to become a real shoe artisan. Most every craft works that way, for ev...
by dlskidmore
Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16976

Re: Fitting the Foot

<t>"It is important to reduce bulk from the cast around the ankle area (see stock lasts for reference) when shaping the cast into a shoemaking last. This allows you to use the finished shoe closures to adjust the amount of ankle support needed. One must force oneself to reduce material from that are...
by dlskidmore
Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16976

Re: Fitting the Foot

That's the spirit! I'm a big fan of educated self-experimentation. We're all very individual and have individual challenges and answers. Medicine is still an art as much as it is science.
by dlskidmore
Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:18 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16976

Re: Fitting the Foot

Yeah, I had to walk up on the balls of my feet for about 6 months while everything healed too.

I hope you find something that works for you.
by dlskidmore
Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16976

Re: Fitting the Foot

<t>Orthotics are not for everyone. I didn't start healing until I got into less supportive shoes. My feet just got weaker every time I increased their support. Then I needed more and more support until no shoe could support me. Barefoot Tai Chi and walking in thin shoes was the only thing that helpe...
by dlskidmore
Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:03 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Pattern making
Replies: 1354
Views: 43837

Re: Pattern making

<t>I'm not an expert at shoes, but I know a little about wool linings. Have you looked at a design called a pac boot? The leather boot is made a size or two larger, and a separate wool boot (the pac) is made to go inside the leather boot. <br/> <br/> Traditional mongolian boots are made this way, bu...