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by Arttu
Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:46 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61901

Re: The Gallery

This is the third pair of shoes I've finished. The toe cap is too sort, facings are too far back and there is a little too much space under the vamp, but they are much better than my previous pairs. Overall fit is surprisingly good, considering I have no idea what I'm doing when modifying lasts. Han...
by Arttu
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: The Registry
Topic: The Registry
Replies: 535
Views: 28713

Re: The Registry

Hi TokyoShoes, I'm also very much a beginner shoemaker, so my knowledge is very limited. However, I started the same way as you, watching a youtube video getting sucked in completely. My interest in actually making shoes has seen ups and downs since starting, but I've been reading a lot on the subje...
by Arttu
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Square Sewing Awls
Replies: 34
Views: 3506

Re: Square Sewing Awls

Ok, good to know. Here is the link to one of the ebay auctions:

Ebay auction for 60mm square awls

The seller has several different sizes.

The price for these is about 1 euro/dollar per awl shipped, so if the quality of the awls is good, I'd say it's a bargain.
by Arttu
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:45 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Square Sewing Awls
Replies: 34
Views: 3506

Re: Square Sewing Awls

I recently bought 10 square awls (8 90mm long, 2 67mm long) and when searching for information about the manufacturer (Wivos, from Germany) I found a french ebay seller who was selling awls by the same manufacturer. I bought another dozen 70mm awls from them. I don't know what the forum rules say a...
by Arttu
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:47 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Square Sewing Awls
Replies: 34
Views: 3506

Re: Square Sewing Awls

I recently bought 10 square awls (8 90mm long, 2 67mm long) and when searching for information about the manufacturer (Wivos, from Germany) I found a french ebay seller who was selling awls by the same manufacturer. I bought another 12 70mm awls from them. I don't know what the forum rules say about...
by Arttu
Fri Nov 25, 2016 3:42 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48224

Re: sewing machines

I finally got around to fixing the Pfaff 193-5 I posted about 2 years ago (photos on previous page). I had to adjust the hook clearance (the hook was hitting the needle) and while doing that, I threw off the timing. Does anyone know the timing settings for older Pfaff post bed machines? Right now I ...
by Arttu
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sharpening knives
Replies: 87
Views: 12910

Re: sharpening knives

I've been struggling with sharpening knives, having to rely on disposable snap-off blades for most delicate work. I've tried sharpening rods, cheap stones, diamond files etc. but could never get a really fine "shaving edge". Last weekend I made myself a strop block with a piece of birch and some veg...
by Arttu
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Cine Cordonnnier
Topic: The Screening Room
Replies: 127
Views: 8461

Re: The Screening Room

Great video Duncan! Thanks for sharing.
by Arttu
Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57372

Re: Tools of the Trade

I spent saturday making a few tools. I didn't have a heel iron, and couldn't find one at a reasonable price so I made one. It's carved out of a solid chunk of steel with an angle grinder. The handle is birch I turned on a bench press. Immediately after attaching the handle, I noticed that it would b...
by Arttu
Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30307

Re: Great Leather!

I'm getting back into shoemaking (as a hobby), this time hopefully with proper tools and materials. I'm trying to source insole shoulders and sole bends in Europe and having a hard time. Most don't sell to private customers and the ones that do, take 2 weeks to answer a single simple question, while...
by Arttu
Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:56 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48224

Re: sewing machines

Thanks Lance. Unfortunately the top wheel isn't driven (as far as I can tell). It seems getting the machine up and running would cost around $200. The existing parts seem to be in great shape (there is no play anywhere and everything is smooth). I already have a motor lined up and would be building ...
by Arttu
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:57 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48224

Re: sewing machines

I recently got a Pfaff 193-5B head from my girlfriends grandfather. He had bought two machines from a shoe factory in the 80's. Apparently this one was used as a backup at the factory and wasn't used much, if at all. There are a few major components missing, including most of the thread tension asse...
by Arttu
Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:43 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61901

Re: The Gallery

I just finished my first ever pair of shoes (or boots). Everything is hand made, mostly with homemade tools. I still have to do a few finishing touches, like changing the top beading (I actually managed to make them out of different leathers, so the other one is way too thick. Don't work when you ar...
by Arttu
Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:17 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bottoming techniques
Replies: 524
Views: 27328

Re: Bottoming techniques

I'm not sure if this is the right thread, but here goes. I've finished welting my first pair or shoes and looking into filler materials. I know many people here don't use cork as it degrades quite fast. Felt is one possibility, but I also have some 3-4mm thick chrome tanned elk/reindeer hide that is...
by Arttu
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:18 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57372

Re: Tools of the Trade

Thanks for the offer Lance and Francis, if I get absolutely frustrated with breaking awls and can't find good ones on ebay, I'll be in contact. I still have to make square awls (I have one made from a screwdriver, but It's not very pleasant to use, because of the handle). I also started on a few edg...
by Arttu
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57372

Re: Tools of the Trade

I'm a beginner hobby shoemaker and I realized I needed some specific shoe making tools. I live in Finland, and shoe making tools are hard to come by, and buying them online would have ended up costing too much. So, I decided to make them myself. These are made of old broken tools and scrap materials...
by Arttu
Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30120

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

I just boiled the tar down to pitch. 2 hours on low heat (barely boiling). I got about 800 grams of pitch out of 2 liters of tar. The resulting pitch is completely black (when pulled apart so that it forms strings, the color turns to an amber color). It's malleable in room temperature, but very stic...
by Arttu
Thu Feb 13, 2014 4:27 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30120

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

I used liquid tar in fairly small amounts (maybe 1/12 parts), which made the natural colored wax brown, but not black. I had some carbon black (which is a natural black dye) so I added some to try it out. I used very little, maybe half a teaspoon for a wax lump the size of two fists. I have no idea ...
by Arttu
Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:42 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30120

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

Lance, could you pm me your email, it seems that as a new member, I can't send private messages yet.
by Arttu
Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:10 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30120

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

I'm a beginner hobby shoemaker from Finland and I just made my first batch of wax. I used pine rosin, beeswax, a bit of paraffin, genuine Finnish pine pitch/tar (whatever you call it) and carbon black dye for the black wax. The pine tar was made in a kiln at a small country fair -type of an event wi...