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by dw
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1853
Views: 61810

Re: Tools of the Trade

Steve, Good looking collection...and you almost have as many awls as I have :beers:. And nice to see another pair of Christensens...as good or better than the Barnsleys. I don't know what it is about tools...I used to buy a tool two three time a month off Ebay. Course now the quality has gone down a...
by dw
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:49 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 612
Views: 24240

Re: Lasts

Sharon,

Much the same as using Hirschkleber.

And better, IMO, than using celastic...which does the same thing except on a foundation/matrix of fiberglass.
by dw
Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 612
Views: 24240

Re: Lasts

Your build-ups should be slick enough to allow the leather to move over them when lasting. You can coat the build-ups with Barge and then dust with French chalk (talcum powder) when the cement is mostly dry but it doesn't really provide the near-as-possible frictionless surface you want. My advice i...
by dw
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36337

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

Esp. on children's shoes, it might be a good idea to mount the buckle in the center of a short strip if elastic and then mount the elastic to the shoe.
by dw
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: The Registry
Topic: The Registry
Replies: 542
Views: 30484

Re: The Registry

Welcome Galvin...may the road rise up to meet you.
by dw
Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1488
Views: 65609

Re: The Gallery

I used a piece of 'orphaned' calf--I don't really know what it was in terms of tannage or who it came from. When you've been making footwear for near-as-nevermind 50 years, you tend to accumulate stockpiles of trial hides and samples and just leather that didn't suit the particular order. You've hea...
by dw
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: The Registry
Topic: The Registry
Replies: 542
Views: 30484

Re: The Registry

Anton,

Welcome.

Late and not really in the right thread...but 64 stitches to the inch has been recorded.
by dw
Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: Merry Christmas...
Replies: 10
Views: 201

Re: Merry Christmas...

Aye, Scots Gaelic:

"Good health, my dear friends" (a toast)

"(May) God (be) between us and evil" (a prayer)


"Merry Christmas

and

Happy New Year
"

(a heartfelt wish )
by dw
Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:47 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36337

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

As a bootmaker, one of the prime directives is to model the last with the notion that there will be no laces to adjust fit, firmly in mind. This means that the last has to mirror the foot pretty closely with regard to girths, in particular. Making the transition to shoes becomes a bit problematic fo...
by dw
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 111
Views: 8326

Re: Looking for...

Just a quick update...today I split a 6lb. nylon bristle (.009"). Just needed a sharper knife, Still can't do 5lb. And FWIW, I have some fine wild European boars's bristles sent to me by Serge Volken some years ago...all of 4" long, if that. I mic'ed them out with a kind of rinky-dink device for mea...
by dw
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36337

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

I've always used a long piece of pvc (?) pipe for that but there the sideseams are more or less straight. If I wasn't so short of space, I would have positioned this so that it didn't hang out over the edge of the bench at all. But as is my 5-in-1 is just to the left (and out of the picture). Fortun...
by dw
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:16 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1152
Views: 36337

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

I suppose everyone has one of these but this is my version:
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by dw
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 111
Views: 8326

Re: Looking for...

Duncan, Well, I can't answer for "parallel". I know what you're saying but on the bristles I have the tips are split into many 'strands" and from what I remember as a composite they have always seemed about the same thickness as the main shaft except at the very ends. No worries, I admire your devot...
by dw
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: "64 to the inch"
Replies: 169
Views: 11847

Re: "64 to the inch"

das, I always thought so too...not so much because I have any great historical knowledge but simply because linen is so coarse. That said, some of the same problems as with linen or hemp applies to silk as well--there is long "staple" silk and, what do they call it? "tow"? I have some commercially s...
by dw
Thu Nov 30, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 37209

Re: Looking for...

Anyone looking for really high quality shoe laces in variety of colours...look no further:

Strupai Laces
by dw
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Tools and equipment for sale
Replies: 167
Views: 22321

Re: Tools and equipment for sale

Damien, Interesting! But, if you don't mind, I have several questions: First, are you sure these are real hemp? I don't speak or read French...but at one point in time linen thread was often referred to as "hemp" in English parlance. Sometimes even on the box. Second, how does a #4 compare with a li...
by dw
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: The Boughton Faire Memorial Bazaar
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 111
Views: 8326

Re: Looking for...

I know this will sound rude (don't mean it that way) and somewhat "unthinkable" for those who revel in Traditional techniques...but nylon monofilament comes in very fine diameters--5lb. (2,4kg) is @ .008" in diameter (.20mm). That's pretty fine. I have split 12lb. and I believe I could split 8lb.. M...
by dw
Sat Nov 25, 2017 1:01 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1853
Views: 61810

Re: Tools of the Trade

Damian,

Welcome.

Nice collection! Do you use them? Are you a shoemaker?
by dw
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1853
Views: 61810

Re: Tools of the Trade

I'm not sure anyone knows what that tool was really for. If anyone does it would be Al, but, IIRC, he expressed some uncertainty in his comments in Salaman's book. I could be mistaken.
by dw
Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:14 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 37865

Re: Great Leather!

I thought I would share this resource with folks here: From what I can see this is a US base grindery that is trying to cater to high end shoe and bootmakers rather than shoe repair. Some beautiful European upper leathers (including vegs) and some unique tools and interesting adjuncts (cement, etc.)...
by dw
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:15 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1488
Views: 65609

Re: The Gallery

Thanks, Jake. Against all odds.
by dw
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Lasting
Replies: 801
Views: 25720

Re: Lasting

Final image in the seamless wholecut photo essay above now posted in the Gallery.
by dw
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:54 am
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: St. Crispin's Day
Replies: 54
Views: 3936

Re: St. Crispin's Day

This is St. Crispin's Day--the Shoemaker's Holiday. Lock the door, blow out the dandiprat, and pour yersel' a wee dram. Slainte Mhath
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by dw
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1488
Views: 65609

Re: The Gallery

In honour of St. Crispin's Day this pair of shoes...

Seamless wholecut, veg retan calf, 1" heel (photo essay here)

Not my best work but a lot of new (to me) stuff that I tried... and they fit!!
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by dw
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22936

Re: Closing techniques

Double - sided tape will work but be aware that some of those tapes adhere better than others. Personally, I don't regard tape as the best solution for mounting piping (topline bead). If I can, I always use rubber cement but there is no guarantee even then. Sanding the bead lightly prior to applying...