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by danfreeman
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Test Messages
Topic: Test--formatting and posting
Replies: 10
Views: 3032

Re: Test--formatting and posting

testing one two three
by danfreeman
Sun Nov 02, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: St. Crispin's Day
Replies: 54
Views: 3761

Re: St. Crispin's Day

Returning home from the HCC Annual General Meeting is always a bit like leaving Brigadoon. Many thanks to all who helped bring the fellowship together for our 30th Annual General Meeting this past weekend. After all these years, we are fortunate to continue to bring together people from all walks of...
by danfreeman
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: The HCC Bulletin Board
Topic: The HCC Bulletin Board
Replies: 145
Views: 20903

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Now that I am home I wanted to thank everyone who attended for a great H.C.C. AGM last weekend, and special thanks to Lisa and Dale Sorrell for their gracious hosting. A good time was had by all--renewing old acquaintances and making new friends. Thanks especially to our speakers, who provided a wid...
by danfreeman
Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:13 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22117

Re: Closing techniques

DW

A worthwhile consideration: that "flap" is very unprofessional, especially when commented upon by customers! Though I've always been able to cure it with a dab of Barge, it's not really permanent.

Dan
by danfreeman
Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22117

Re: Closing techniques

DW: Interesting, if compulsive, method of attaching the tongue. I never fail to be amazed by your ingenuity, even if I don't often espouse your methods. I admit, there's sometimes trouble with tongues in bal or wholecut oxfords: frail attachment, and "wandering tongue" are the most frequent. In thes...
by danfreeman
Wed Oct 02, 2013 5:37 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24523

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

I will have to object to the nylon loop being used as a bristle for welt sewing, please take no offense, islandpiper. I assume you are using them properly, that is, folding the tapered end pretty close to the tip, then stabbing through and pulling all back smoothly. (Often, in an attempt to strength...
by danfreeman
Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:24 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24523

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Aha! One picture is worth, etc. The texture and feel of the Texlon was new and strange to me; the answer is to learn how to work with it. Your words and pictures allowed me to see what's needed, and why. NOW, practice will produce proficiency. So much help: so much time not wasted. Thank you. Dan
by danfreeman
Wed Jun 19, 2013 4:43 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24523

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Lance and DW, I get the idea that, using Teklon or linen or hemp yarn, you are cutting the ends of the strands--at an angle. Is this the case? I have always found it necessary to fray the end--either by untwisting and pulling, or by Al Stohlman's method--to produce a point fine enough to start wrapp...
by danfreeman
Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24523

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Well, thank you for the additional replies. I am still recovering from the shock of my successful attempts--it's a great feeling, when you finally master a difficult technique--though I shouldn't say "mastered, " yet. And it's taken 40 years! But several successfully nylon-sewn welts have convinced ...
by danfreeman
Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:33 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bristling at the very suggestion
Replies: 455
Views: 24523

Re: Bristling at the very suggestion

Thank you all, Lance and DW, especially, for all your posts on inseam sewing. You are never too old to learn, and I will here volunteer the information that I sewed hundreds of inseams between 1976 and 2012 with steel bristles. My reason is the common one: I was taught that way. And done correctly, ...
by danfreeman
Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:15 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Closing techniques
Replies: 444
Views: 22117

Re: Closing techniques

<t>Mirika <br/> <br/> When the use of heavy upper leathers requires cut edges, slightly skive, as suggested by Frank and DW, then use a lacquer type dye, such as Dyo-Flex or similar product--carefully! It takes ten minutes to dry, and will "print" onto anything on which it is placed. Rub lightly whi...
by danfreeman
Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Welt
Replies: 107
Views: 7954

Re: Welt

Thank you, Larry and Lisa. I have been looking for this type of business, among a shrinking pool of unenthusiastic finders.

Dan
by danfreeman
Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:55 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Books, Manuals, Publications
Replies: 362
Views: 13968

Re: Books, Manuals, Publications

Thank you, Lance. Some of us need a little more computer expertise!

Dan
by danfreeman
Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:34 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Books, Manuals, Publications
Replies: 362
Views: 13968

Re: Books, Manuals, Publications

Paul
I'm sure it's out of print, perhaps Amazon? Of course, if someone were to put it on line, we all could share--though it's true, there's little useful information about shoemaking.
by danfreeman
Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Books, Manuals, Publications
Replies: 362
Views: 13968

Re: Books, Manuals, Publications

When the Guild was first started, there was little else out there besides "The Romance of the Shoe." My favorite part is the poem, "A Visit from St. Crispin," or "The Likely Bor." Worthwhile sentiments for shoemakers and others.
by danfreeman
Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: One "Last" Question
Replies: 1811
Views: 51475

Re: One "Last" Question

<t>I think it's pretty clear that you have a bicycle shoe last here, and like almost all the lasts we see, it was designed for a specific style footwear, leather, soling, etc. While we often modify lasts for purpose, there is so vast a difference between a bike-riding shoe and a shoe for walking (co...
by danfreeman
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:08 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22620

Re: Lasts

<t>I am sorry to learn that JV has decided to raise prices, although their service is very valuable. I can modify almost any last from my collection of factory lasts, but sometimes, it's too much: like the time I needed a high-back hiking boot last, in 17A! I called JV, and would do so again, even a...
by danfreeman
Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: HCC meeting in Oct.
Replies: 398
Views: 11998

Re: HCC meeting in Oct.

<t>I certainly enjoyed seeing you all who made it up to Middlebury, Vermont for the Annual General Meeting this St. Crispin's weekend past, hurricane or no. It is always a pleasure to see the old friends, some of whom have been showing up for decades, still devoted to to our craft. What pleasantly s...
by danfreeman
Thu Oct 18, 2012 3:36 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16197

Re: Fitting the Foot

<t>Nasser is correct, unfortunately. James Devlin, in 1839, says that even an experienced shoemaker can seldom fit a shoe correctly on the first, or second attempt. The way the foot moves in the shoe is the main the unpredictable factor; many later writers and makers agree. Most of us who are trying...
by danfreeman
Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1150
Views: 34824

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

Devlin describes this process, called "leading the blind," in his section on sole attachment methods. It is said to be extremely nerve-wracking and tiresome work.
by danfreeman
Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:19 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 35461

Re: Looking for...

<t>Larry's right on about the steel-toed shoes. I've looked into it, and the problem is less one of protecting the feet than of meeting all the requirements to have your shoes certified, for insurance purposes. I offer almost-as-good protection to those who ask for it: 2 or even 3 layers of 1/8 inch...
by danfreeman
Tue Jun 12, 2012 2:34 pm
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Through the Mists of Time...
Replies: 331
Views: 11121

Re: Through the Mists of Time...

Pardon me: the correct quote is, "I believe that there is no trade so numerous as ours." Page ix, John Rees (not Ries)
by danfreeman
Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:51 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Through the Mists of Time...
Replies: 331
Views: 11121

Re: Through the Mists of Time...

Doesn't Ries call our trade the most numermous of all?
by danfreeman
Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:46 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: sewing machines
Replies: 928
Views: 48225

Re: sewing machines

<t>I'm sorry to hear that Lisa and others worry about the same thing that has been bothering me: auto-lubrication of a modern post bed machine. For about a year, I have had the excellent Durkpp Adler 4150i, which sews uncommonly well. It's made at the Minerva plant in the Czech Republic. It has two ...
by danfreeman
Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:03 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Bottoming techniques
Replies: 524
Views: 27328

Re: Bottoming techniques

<t>Back to creaking shoes: once you've made one pair, you will not want to make another. It is almost always hard (veg) leather rubbing against hard leather, more common in low-heeled shoes. A liberal layer of AP cement will, as mentioned, prevent it, and tarred felt will avoid it, but I can't find ...