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by anakim
Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 39059

Re: Great Leather!

I ordered from Baker successfully. I am a beginner and individual customer. I say just give them another try or phone them - don't give up. It didn't take too long to deliver to Ireland.
by anakim
Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Thanks for your answer. I apologize for probably asking too many questions. I do not want to be seen as being disrespectful of the tradition of learning in person, nor of the lifetime of dedication and hard work you and many others have put in. I am not one of those people who believe i can just lea...
by anakim
Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:05 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Perhaps what i should have clarified first is whether the bottom paper or last feather edge should coincide with the footprint both slightly below and at the ball joint. It seems the joints i am dealing with are all a little indented with respect to the padding heelward, as compared to the last prof...
by anakim
Tue Dec 08, 2015 2:55 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

DW, in your photo of the imprint with insole/bottom paper superimposed, on Nov. 3, there is a small bit of the footprint sticking out beyond the bottom paper on the medial side just below the joint. I am finding this problem in 3 feet/lasts i am working with. In this case, I assume you would add a b...
by anakim
Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

That last post showing the relatively narrow forepart of the last compared to the guys foot is really helpful. I have already modified a few pairs of lasts and after looking through Sabbage to find out about heel to ball I read some stuff about fitting the other aspects , and am starting to think ab...
by anakim
Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Oh! I see you have already done it!
I can't keep up. No complaints though. Its one of my favourite things to do, reading the forum. Here goes.. .
by anakim
Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Thanks so much, all of you. The differences between DW's and Lance's method and discussion give me something to chew on. And thanks Paul for your admonition about feather edge and imprint. This all helps make it clearer. DW the pictures are super helpful. I looked and thought a lot last night includ...
by anakim
Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:41 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Thank you so, so much, DW. You are a truly generous person to spend the time and effort to help out someone you don't even know! I guess I just need it spelled out: you make sure the heel to ball of the bottom paper (as measured from the back of bottom paper to its ball joint) coincides with the hee...
by anakim
Sun Nov 01, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Thank you for your patience, DW! If I have made a measurement with the person's heel up against an upright, then I think the part of the heel that touches the upright extends beyond the part of the foot that sits above the feather edge. I was assuming the bottom paper is like a mean form of the bott...
by anakim
Sun Nov 01, 2015 5:50 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

I do need to get a purpose made stick. I fully understand the inaccuracies and imprecision inherent in various measuring devices and in the way they are used, as it used to be my line of work. Assuming I can now get decent measurements of the foot, I still don't understand how to get a last with the...
by anakim
Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:34 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Thanks so much! That certainly clears things up. What I understand from this is that I need to depend completely on my meaauring tape or preferably, stick with some vertical bits, and the foot at the moment of measuring, and not on the piece of paper, after the fact. Elsewhere in the forum, I read a...
by anakim
Fri Oct 30, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Could someone elaborate on how to tell whether a last and your footprint with outline have the same heel to ball measurement? I just looked through Sabbages section in Golding and only see how to divide the foot into 11ths. This doesn't address a foot where the metatarsal is not at 8/11 of the foot ...
by anakim
Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:40 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 39059

Re: Great Leather!

Thanks again. I really appreciate everyone's input and am so thankful you take the time to help out new people! I've taken note of the French tannery and of Masure.
by anakim
Sun Feb 01, 2015 5:21 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 39059

Re: Great Leather!

Thank you DW and Lance. That is exactly what I was wondering. I will invest in some Baker, then. Yes, I used the nice stuff Nasser was using, and I bought some insole from them myself when I was at home in Canada, (they had no soling at the time) but didn't bring it with me in my suitcase. The reaso...
by anakim
Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 39059

Re: Great Leather!

I just studied with Nasser last summer. I have been making some fitters and want to start practicing my inseaming. I am in Spain and wondering where to look for insoling/soling and welting in Europe. I don't want crap leather, as I am serious about learning properly and I've set my aims high. But I ...
by anakim
Sun Jan 18, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Thank you so much both of you, for your replies. I had read elsewhere what you said, DW about the necessity of an imprint, which made a lot of sense, and which is what made me wonder. I had also asked Spenle about their prices, but didn't think they would be as good in the customizing department. Bu...
by anakim
Tue Jan 06, 2015 1:17 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 17007

Re: Fitting the Foot

Hi: When sending in your measurements to a lastmaker for custom lasts, do you specify where and how your measurements are taken and what you're doing... or do they tell you what to do? Do you develop some sort of an individual relationship with them so they know what you're doing? (this seems to hav...
by anakim
Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:27 am
Forum: Shoemakers Wanted...
Topic: apprenticeships and schooling
Replies: 213
Views: 18201

Re: apprenticeships and schooling

Lance, Thank you so much for your informative and thoughtful reply. Perhaps I will discover along the way that making truly bespoke shoes isn't my thing or isn't feasible economically, but for now it is my goal. It is good to hear a little reality - I have been ignoring reality because I think anyon...
by anakim
Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:33 am
Forum: Shoemakers Wanted...
Topic: apprenticeships and schooling
Replies: 213
Views: 18201

Re: apprenticeships and schooling

Just a thought from someone who has studied other things: I have spent 15 years of my life learning to play classical piano to a technical level that I can (could, years ago) adequately perform pieces of a very high level of difficulty, such as what a concert pianist would do. However, I would have ...
by anakim
Thu Jan 23, 2014 2:39 am
Forum: Shoemakers Wanted...
Topic: apprenticeships and schooling
Replies: 213
Views: 18201

Re: apprenticeships and schooling

Hello: I would like to eventually make my living making shoes. Ideally, bespoke, the most traditional way. I fully realise I will have to study with a master or experienced professional. I have not yet, mostly due to being somewhat "stuck" in Spain, and having no money. I am a believer in the value ...
by anakim
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:34 am
Forum: The SpeakEasy
Topic: Skiving for fun
Replies: 9
Views: 1482

Re: Skiving for fun

I am Canadian, and the first use of the word I ever heard was "shirking one's tasks" or something like that. It was in high school, a naughty English teacher taught us the word, so we would know how to properly term our irresponsible behaviour!! (I am skiving at the moment, actually trying to search...
by anakim
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Inseaming Awls
Replies: 99
Views: 7544

Re: Inseaming Awls

Thank you for your advice. I will order a range. Sorry to be confusing: the insole is about 6 ounces - though even that is probably thin. I meant that the leather of the upper was about 4 oz.
by anakim
Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:03 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Inseaming Awls
Replies: 99
Views: 7544

Re: Inseaming Awls

Hello: I am wondering what size (length in inches) of inseaming awl, makes a hole size suitable for inseaming shoes. (Someone earlier said 2 mm, but I believe you are all making boots). I believe I will be using 3 strands of hemp. I am a beginner so I could be way off. My leather is around 4 ounces,...
by anakim
Mon Oct 21, 2013 12:45 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Pegging awls, pegs...
Replies: 27
Views: 13981

Re: Pegging awls, pegs...

Does anyone know of a source of pegs in Europe?
It seems silly for me (in Spain) to order German made Blau Ring pegs from the US. Either they no longer exist, or they don't sell directly.

Thanks,

Ana Kim
by anakim
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1854
Views: 61984

Re: Tools of the Trade

Hello: Just want to say thank you to everyone for providing all this information. I am still on page 7 poring over things. You people making or adjusting your own tools are really cool and I just wish I had realised earlier in life that this is my thing. I am a real beginner, just now acquiring my f...