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by lancepryor
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: "64 to the inch"
Replies: 169
Views: 10899

Re: "64 to the inch"

Duncan: I've thought about trying to find someone to spin flax for me as well. It is easy enough to get the long fibers from various sellers. I've also tried to locate someone to sell hemp fibers, which I guess can be as much as 10 feet long (and which don't rot), but don't think I ever succeeded in...
by lancepryor
Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: "All in the Family..."
Topic: Boot/Shoemakers News
Replies: 39
Views: 2652

Re: Boot/Shoemakers News

My condolences.

He will be in my thoughts.
by lancepryor
Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:55 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions
Replies: 1150
Views: 34815

Re: miscellaneous tips, advice, and cautions

You will also need a punch for the eyelets, assuming you are doing a lace-up shoe or boot. In terms of knives, a large variety really isn't necessary. The same good, sharp knife can be used for clicking, skiving, trimming etc. Of course, application-specific knives can add a bit more speed or effici...
by lancepryor
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57361

Re: Tools of the Trade

Very nice, Duncan. So, when you are making your awls, do you temper them? If so, any idea what Rockwell hardness you end up with or try to achieve? Finally, do you endeavor to do any differential hardening so the tips are harder and thus can get sharper, but the shaft and/or curve are a bit softer a...
by lancepryor
Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61863

Re: The Gallery

Duncan:

Happy New Year!

Very nice work. Do you use a stitching horse or other clamp to hold your work? And, what shape of awl?

Thanks,
Lance Pryor

ps how is the last making progressing?
by lancepryor
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30307

Re: Great Leather!

I suggest phoning Bakers; speak with Andrew Parr, the co-owner who runs the tannery. I have found that to be far more successful than trying to email them. You should also be able to find Rendenbach somewhere. I believe their ortho insole shoulders are softer and less flinty than the regular insole ...
by lancepryor
Sat Aug 27, 2016 6:03 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: One "Last" Question
Replies: 1811
Views: 51467

Re: One "Last" Question

I've used linen cord to do this, but never thought to make the loops with tape. I've made marks on the cord and used that for measurements from the last, never thought about going the opposite direction -- i.e. marking the desired end-point and using the marks for reference in refining the lasts. I'...
by lancepryor
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57361

Re: Tools of the Trade

Duncan: Nice work! A couple of questions. Once you have your block glued up and ready to start kniving, how long do you think it takes you to get the last into finished shape? Also, in terms of the various profiles you do of your customer's feet, how do you take these? With a profile gauge? Weight o...
by lancepryor
Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: The Towne Crier
Topic: Of interest...
Replies: 407
Views: 13295

Re: Of interest...

Paul:

Congratulations. Some well-deserved recognition of great work.

Lance
by lancepryor
Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:59 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: Historic techniques and materials
Replies: 166
Views: 10312

Re: Historic techniques and materials

Wow!

Really interesting. Thanks for posting that.
by lancepryor
Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57361

Re: Tools of the Trade

Just finished this bench today and practiced making some wood shavings. I ordered the knife about a year ago and received it a few months back, but it took me a while to manage to find the time to construct the bench. It was a fun process -- I did a draw-bored mortise and tenon construction, and for...
by lancepryor
Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:42 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16195

Re: Fitting the Foot

DW: One other question: is the foot tracing shown above the actual foot width, or does it include the extra width of the tracing tool (e.g. a pencil tracing will be wider than the actual foot due to the thickness of the pencil)? Do you use a tracing block to have the outline the same as the foot? Th...
by lancepryor
Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:37 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16195

Re: Fitting the Foot

DW: thanks for posting those images. Very interesting. DW, I've always been of the impression that you try to make your feather line correspond to the imprint. However, as you note above, your heel width is greater than that of the print. So, what do you do in that area? I know you are reluctant to ...
by lancepryor
Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:22 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16195

Re: Fitting the Foot

Lance, I am pleased you jumped in here...and I don't want to dispute or gainsay your approach to fitting. As we've both said, there are probably as many ways as there are makers and most of them work. I hope you will forgive me then if I come across a bit nit-pickish, but I don't understand some of...
by lancepryor
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:46 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Fitting the Foot
Replies: 434
Views: 16195

Re: Fitting the Foot

That is not the way I do it. If you use a stick to measure a last ( not the bottom paper), the measurement of the back of the last bottom to the joint is less than that of the foot, because the feather edge is forward of the back of the last (and of the foot), due to the curvature noted previously. ...
by lancepryor
Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:41 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30307

Re: Great Leather!

Seraphin: I don't know whether such a variety of options is available in the strips. I would think you could specify thickness in the insole/outsole options, but I cannot say definitively. To my knowledge, the heel lifts only come in one thickness, likewise the counters, toe puffs, and welt strips. ...
by lancepryor
Sun Aug 02, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Great Leather!
Replies: 731
Views: 30307

Re: Great Leather!

Hi Seraph: Welcome to the Colloquy. I have some experience with the Baker insole shoulders, outsole bends, and the various pre-cuts options as I have mentioned previously. The insole strips come buffed, with the grain sanded off. Each insole strip can provide a pair of insoles. These are generally g...
by lancepryor
Thu May 28, 2015 5:26 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30117

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

Jeorge: Great to hear that a good hand wax will be available off the shelf. I should imagine something like a 4 ounce ball will be enough to last most people a long time. Do you have any of the hand wax that DW used to rave about (I think it was from Germany)? It would be interesting to know what wa...
by lancepryor
Thu May 28, 2015 3:35 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30117

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

Jeorge:

I understand your point of view. Good luck with your work, which I look forward to reading when it is ready for publication.

Lance
by lancepryor
Wed May 27, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30117

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

Jeorg: This is certainly very interesting; I look forward to learning of the results. I assume you have received a sample of the pitch formerly sold by Rausch in New Orleans? If not, I have a small bit and could perhaps spare a sample for your testing. Also, there is the company Hautaterva (http://w...
by lancepryor
Tue May 26, 2015 7:17 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Hand Wax / Coad
Replies: 441
Views: 30117

Re: Hand Wax / Coad

Ted: I sent you an e-mail to the address I had from a few years ago. Everyone: Unfortunately, I never received the package that Arttu said he sent me from Finland. I guess there is a ball of pitch sitting in some lost-mail facility somewhere, or the package somehow burst and the contents were lost. ...
by lancepryor
Mon May 18, 2015 6:38 am
Forum: Boot and Shoes In History
Topic: "64 to the inch"
Replies: 169
Views: 10899

Re: "64 to the inch"

Duncan:

Thanks for posting the pictures. Some nice sewing, I particularly like the green pair -- the welt/outsole stitching is lovely.

Look forward to seeing more as you get the time.

Lance
by lancepryor
Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61863

Re: The Gallery

Paul:

Really nice looking boots. Congratulations.

Lance
by lancepryor
Sun Apr 05, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61863

Re: The Gallery

Lance, PS...I thought these were at least as good..hand stitched invisible channel, beveled and fiddleback waist. DW: I was referring to the aesthetic aspects (basically of the upper), not the making. I prefer the look of the brown leather and the whole-cut (with brogueing) to the two-textured balm...
by lancepryor
Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:56 am
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61863

Re: The Gallery

DW: Excellent looking boots and shoes. I think those oxfords are the nicest looking shoes you've posted. I do prefer a hidden seam on the sole when the outsoles, which one can achieve when they are hand stitched; seeing that line around the sole just detracts that little bit from all the hard work, ...