The Crispin Colloquy is a function
of The Honourable Cordwainers’ Company, a non-profit, educational
organization of bespoke boot and shoe makers, and allied trades. As
an adjunct of the Honourable Cordwainers’ Company, the mission of
The Crispin Colloquy is to open lines of communication among makers
from all over the world and from all walks of life, for the express
purpose of preserving and expanding the knowledge base, sharing experiences
and ideas, and of creating an archive of traditional techniques, resources
The Crispin Colloquy was created to address the needs and interests
of serious students of the Trade as well as those more proficient members
who can, and do, represent a reservoir of knowledge and skills and who
can elucidate and pass to future generations a knowledge that is quickly
being lost and/or diluted beyond recognition. The forum’s purpose
is to collect and archive as well as to “preserve and protect“-
the Guild motto. The forum is open to the public and all Trade related
questions are encouraged...at every skill level. It should be remembered,
however, that the focus of the Crispin Colloquy is, and will be, serious
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