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The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2000 7:19 pm
by Admin
This is a small reminder: HCC dues run from January to December. Those who haven't paid, need to do so as soon as possible in order to be "in good standing"....and to receive a membership card, roster, and the beaming benedictions of the Membership Coordinator.


Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2000 7:44 am
by Admin
The following is a brief synopsis of the on-line brochure of The Honourable Cordwainers' Company. The brochure, and more detailed information, can be found at

The HCC is a guild of shoe and bootmakers and allied crafts. The purpose is to preserve the Trade, encourage the sharing of skills and
information among members and promote fellowship.

The guild is affiliated with the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers--a London based guild that traces its beginnings to the 14th century.

The Guild has members from all over the world--many of them recognized authorities on historical shoemaking techniques and footwear history. There is an annual guild meeting on the weekend closest to St. Crispin's Day October 25.) This last year's meeting was in Colonial Williamsburg (which funds an historically correct colonial era shoemaker's shop). It was a three day event beginning on the 23rd of October and running through the 25th.

The Guild maintains an extensive library of old and rare books, as well as newer works on shoemaking, and photocopies of selected chapters
are available to members for a nominal fee. In addition, tapes and transcriptions of recent papers, videos, and presentations made at the annual convention are also available.

The Guild publishes a quarterly newsletter--the Crispin Courier--that serves as a link between members and generally contains interesting
bits of news about the Guild or about the world of bespoke shoemaking, and often serves up shoemaking tips (known as "crans") sent in from various members, as well.

Dues are $20.00 annually, and those joining for the first time, who pay after July have their membership dues pro-rated for all of the next year. This figure (the $20.00 for dues) has not changed for at least ten years. Checks should be made out to "The Honourable Cordwainers' Company" and may be sent to the membership coordinator at:

The Honourable Cordwainers' Company
616 SW Evergreen
Redmond, OR 97756

Once we receive your check, you will be assigned a membership number and your name will be entered into the database. Other materials--newsletters, rosters, and an official membership card--will arrive from other sources as time goes by.

For further information please contact me at:

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Sat Apr 08, 2000 7:51 pm
by Admin
This is a small rant cum reminder slash explanation:

Since sometime last year I have been handling all HCC membership inquiries as well as the collection of dues and information about members. I am also sending out brochures to new members and have instituted a membership card. All of this requires timely and up-to-date database tracking. And *that* requires at least a minimum of cooperation from members.

All membership fees are due on January first of each new year. Due *must* be sent to me

The Honourable Cordwainers' Company
616 SW Evergreen
Redmond OR 97756

Ultimately, I forward all checks to the HCC treasurer. But before I do I enter the information into the Guild database, which, in turn, generates all rosters, mailing labels (for newsletters, etc.), and membership cards. I do not have the ability (nor do I know anyone who does) to crank out membership cards one at a time...member cards are printed once a year (at the end of the first quarter) based on who is current for *that* year!! Mailing labels are based on who is in the database at the time of printing. and, similarly, the roster is updated once a year.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Important Notice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you fail to send your dues directly to me, on time, you risk not getting a newsletter, not having your name included on the roster and not getting a membership card.


New members are sometimes a bit taken aback at the pace (or lack thereof) of newsletters, updates and just general recognition of their membership. I sometimes get email expressing frustration and even a bit of alarm at having paid dues and not seeing anything in return. this is very understandable and we have been working to correct this situation. But please bear in mind that this is an all-volunteer organization. I know, I know...I am repeating myself. But it *bares* repeating.... Because it is a voluntary organization, there is no deadline in the world that can be imposed. Only the generosity and willingness to commit time and energy, of those few who are intimately involved, keep things running as smoothly as they do.

But for those who do feel like they are not getting a fair return for their dues...keep in mind that The Crispin Colloquy itself is sponsored and paid for by The Honourable Cordwainers' Company. It is a new endeavor for us. A better and, theoretically, hopefully, and potentially a more involving, enabling and complete sharing of knowledge than we have had the ability to implement in the past.

So let me pose this question to all members of the forum, whether you're a member of the Guild or not [filling the gas tank of a mid-size automobile costs more than annual dues these days]--

Would you miss the forum if it weren't here?

Yr. Hmbl. Svt.

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Thu May 04, 2000 7:54 am
by Admin

The newsletter has just gone out...complete with new roster for 2000, board election ballots, return envelopes, the glorious and long-awaited 'Journal' of the HCC and about 20 membership cards --those who don't get a membership card are either not paid up or their dues (for 2000...which are supposed to be paid in January) have not been recorded for one reason or the other. Those who are sure they have paid should contact me.

The HCC 2000 AGM is set--different dates than the newsletter, but just confirmed this AM--it will be October 20, 21 & 22, at Old Sturbridge Village, Mass., hosted/organized by Peter Oakley, guild VP.

Yr.Hmbl. Svt.

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2000 5:31 pm
by admin
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company would like to welcome new members:

Mr. Glen Leasure
109 Broad Wing Trl
Lexington, VA 24450
member #202


Mr.Curt Gillock
903 Woodhurst Drive
Monroe, NC 28110-8545
member #203


Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2000 5:33 pm
by admin
This year's St.Crispins' Day bash, ie. the annual HCC AGM, will be held at Old Sturbridge Village, Mass.

Those wishing to attend may make reservations at:

the Super 8 Motel--Sturbridge
358 Main St.
Sturbridge MA 01566
Phone # (508)347-9000

Ten (10) rooms have been booked, Five (5) are non-smoking, A double room is $79 plus tax. Be sure to mention that you are with the HCC. The rooms are held under the name "Peter Cordwainers" and the confirmation number is 59229.

Those planning on a presentation, lecture, or workshop, should let Al and Miriam Saguto know the title of their talk and any special AV needs ASAP.

Yr. Hmbl. Svt.

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2000 8:30 pm
by admin
For those who are wondering the dates of the AGM are October 20, 21 & 22.

These dates were posted right here on The HCC Bulletin Board on May 4th. That's only two messages above this one. But dumb bootmaker (me) I forgot that most people get these messages through email and aren't seeing the May 4th message the way I am as I'm posting these announcements. My apolgies. I hope this clarifies things.

Yr. Humiliated Svt.

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Fri Aug 25, 2000 8:02 pm
by admin
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company would like to welcome new members:

Mr. Wayne Robinson
60 Boorea Street
Blaxland NSW
Member# 204
(another addition to our ever growing Aussie contingent! Good on you, mates.)


John Randolph Glaze
5459 Jadwin Loop
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
member# 205

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Wed Nov 29, 2000 7:46 am
by admin
All members,

Just a reminder for all members of the HCC...dues for 2001 are payable in January of 2001. Those who pay later run the risk of not receiving a membership card for that year.

Past members who have not paid for several years are in arrears. Payments made in early 2001 will be applied to 2001, but membership would like to remind those folks that it costs--in terms of effort and money--to carry a delinquent member on the rolls. Your dues are an important factor in supporting the Guild and the projects that the Guild undertakes. The newsletter, membership cards, and even the rosters, require a financial outlay.

Please support The HCC and keep your dues paid up.


Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2001 7:28 am
by dw
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company would like to welcome the following new members:

Mr. Robert Hill
Burlington, KY

Mr. William Martz
Van Nuys, CA

Mr. Carlo Zyrkowski
Chicago, IL

Mr. Chris Whitfield
Reno, NV

Ms. Sarah Rotering
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mr. Gene Hunt
Island Pond, VT

Mr. Jan Petter Myhre
Oslo, Norway

Welcome to all of you. We hope our association will be of mutual benefit and that you'll will be regulars on the forum.

D.W. Frommer II--Membership Coordinator, HCC

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Wed Feb 28, 2001 6:11 am
by dw
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company would like to welcome two new members:

Mr. Matt Newberry
46326 Lone Fir Rd
Halfway, OR 97834
Member #215

Mr. Hans-Peter Hormann
2255 Platte Clove Rd.
Elka Park, NY 12427
Member #216

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Sun Mar 04, 2001 1:30 pm
by dw
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company would Like to welcome:

Ms. Rosemary Horn Logan
12730 Whittington Dr. #717
Houston TX 77077
member #217

Welcome aboard!

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2001 3:40 pm
by dw
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company welcomes:

Mr. Richard E. Anderson
Thornapple River Boots
N. 8566 Winter Rd.
Ladysmith WI 54848
member# 223

Mr. Edward Lee Thompson
P.O. Box 121
Washington NH 03280
member# 218

Mr. William R. Humphrey
4848 S. Highland Dr. #318
Holladay UT 84117
member# 219

Mr. James M. Perricone
6607 River Mill Dr.
Spring TX 77379-4251
member# 220

Mrs. Dorothy J. Rader
The Doll Castle
4385 State Route 144
Coolville OH 45723
member# 221

Mary Norwood
PO Box 664
East Bend NC 27018
member# 222

Jim Covington
member# 224
(Jim, we don't have your address and me, please)

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2001 12:22 pm
by dw
The HCC welcomes new member

Mr. Bruce Barlow
dba BKB Leather
315 N. 2nd
Lawrence, KS 66044
member # 226

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Sun May 13, 2001 7:49 pm
by dw
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company is pleased to welcome new member:

Member# 227
Mr. Don A. Roundy
2891 West Alfred Circle
Taylorsville, Utah 84118-2211

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Fri Aug 10, 2001 5:16 am
by dw
Subject: HCC Meeting

Notice to all HCC Members : The Meeting will be held for the first time in the mid west. AGM will be held on Oct 26th - 28th 2001 at Walrus Shoe & Leather CO, W8295 State Hwy 11, Delavan WI 53115 (Located in beautiful southern Wisconsin with wonderful shopping areas with the town of Delavan having several antique stores and lakes abound).

Hosted by Larry, Cindy and Crispin Waller. Walrus Shoe & Leather Co is 45 miles SW from Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport and 65 miles NW of Chicago O'Hare Airport. Easy access from either airport.

We are holding a block of 10 rooms at the Super 8 Motel, 518 Borg Rd, Delavan WI 53115, under the name "Cordwainers" Call Dawn at 262-728-1700 to reserve your room with the rate of $55.69 per night with double occupancy, by 26th of Sept. Please register early so if we need more rooms we can get them as they have limited space and the next hotel is 3 miles further away.

Please contact Larry and Cindy at 262-882-6006 or email, and let us know you are coming so we will have proper meeting rooms available. We do have a couple of speakers lined up already but have space available for more. Also contact us to sign up for presentations and give us your AV needs, time and space limited, so contact us early.

The itinerary so far is Register/meet at Super 8 from 3-5pm on Friday afternoon, feasting and drinking Friday evening-location TBA, Saturday am- business meeting and presentations, feasting and swapping in the evening at the Waller Barn (weather permitting). Sunday Breakfast at famous Millies pancake House with tours of Walrus Shoe & Leather Co. to continue.

Looking forward to seeing you all and giving you the grand tour. More info as it becomes available.

Any questions please call Larry or Cindy 1.262.882.6006. We look foreward to seeing you. By the way, if you play music by all means bring your insturments. We will have a place to play and dance.

Larry Waller HCC Member
Walrus Shoe & Leather Co.LLC

......Let us know if we forgot something important.

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Wed Sep 12, 2001 7:44 pm
by dw
Here is a preliminary schedule of presentations to be given at the HCC AGM on the weekend of October 26--St. Crispin's Day:

Marc Carlson will give a presentation on Medieval shoes.

D.W.Frommer II will give a demonstration of crimping a full Wellington lining blocker--3-4 ounce veg calf/cow.

Frank Jones will give a presentation on "Goodyear welted manufacture" or "upper construction/fitting/closing".

Peter Schweiger will show some fine English top pieces Also talk about some amazing fetish articles that he has been making!

And Larry Waller will show how he makes 18th century shoes.

Well, there it is...a pretty full day of activities and I am sure that it will continue into the night with conversation.

To all: please let us know if you are coming. See you there.

Tight Stitches

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2001 11:45 pm
by walrus
Bruce and All
Cindy and I would surely miss the chance to spend more time with you and Penny but I do understand your commitment to your family may God take care of you and yours please come if you can.

To All

Last year at the meeting which was our 15th year and by the way I can count on one hand how many times I have missed a meeting.I said why don’t we have it at my place, we will have an actual shop to be in for demonstrations and a comfortable place in our converted barn /summerhouse to hang out and swap tools and stories till the wee hours of the morning. The plus side of this is We live in Wisconsin , this is the first time the meeting
has ever been held west of Pennsylvania. We have folks coming from the east coast, folks coming west coast and lots of places in between. Peter  Schweiger is coming from England ,Alzbeta Kolcunova from Slovakia Czech
Republic. The last two, DW and myself will be giving
presentations We have a good meeting planed.

Those of you who have confirmed that you are coming please
notify me if you have a change of plans.I understand that things happen, and plans change. I am just trying to handle the arrangements for meals and the logistics of accommodations for the number of people coming.

To all of you who are coming please please  be careful in your travels getting here and follow your feelings if you don’t feel safe don’t do it. We will live to play another day.
Have a safe journey.

We love you all

Larry Cindy and Crispin Waller   

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Wed Oct 17, 2001 4:37 pm
by dw
The Honourable Cordwainers" Company is pleased to welcome new members:

Mr. Tex L. Robin
Tex Robin Boots
115 W. 8th Street
Coleman TX 76834

Ms. Suzanne Watson
3492 Cripple Creek Sq.
Boulder CO 80305

Mr. T. Joseph Hall, III
6921 Old Kent Dr
Knoxville TN 37919

Mr. & Mrs. Jan C. Reidmiller
dba Brentwood Shoe & Leather Service
1179 W. Galbraith Rd
Cincinnati OH 45231

Mr. Russell Shimomura
702 Corinthian Place
Duncanville TX 75137

Mr. Adam Cecil
306 N. Estes Dr. Apt L-4
Carrboro NC 27510

Ms. Sue Bowen
1005 Lynn St. SW
Vienna VA 22180

Mr. Richard Austin
40 Terra Cotta Ave.
Glens Falls NY 12801-2325

Thanks for your support, welcome aboard...and don't forget to raise a toast to Crispin old and Crispin's heir on St. Crispin's Day.

Tight Stitches

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2001 8:05 pm
by walrus
Hello to All
This is a note on the HCC AGM For every one that is coming there will be a Meet & Greet at the Super8 motel in Delavan WI .from 3PM to 5PM Friday October 26 2001 at that time you will register for the convention and get your itinerary for the meeting.Local maps and directions will be included . Please contact me if you haven’t already regarding your attendance we must know for food schedules and accommodations.************ A special note for all those that will not be comming DW and I will be putting up some Pictures and live chat from the meeting as its happening I should say we are going to try, so stay close to those monitors and enjoy .
Thanks see you there.

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2001 7:25 am
by dw
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company would like to welcome new member Mr. Jim Bultsma, member #238. Thank you for your support and welcome aboard.

Don't forget to check out reading materials available through the guild at the HCC homepage

Mr. Jim Bultsma
Stockman Boot and Saddlery
106 S. Chicago
Hot Springs, SD 57747

Tight Stitches

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2002 11:00 am
by admin
This is to remind all members that dues are owed by the end of January. Those members who have not paid by then and/or those who (for whatever reason) wait to pay later, will very likely not get a membership card for the new year. I know many do not care if they get a membership card or not, but it *is* one of the more tangible of the small perks that come with membership.

Also, it should be noted once again that a portion of your dues goes to support the existence of The Crispin Colloquy. We have a bi-annual fee that we pay to maintain the domain name as well as the monthly fee we pay to maintain the website. [Contrary to popular myth, all those individuals involved in day-to-day maintenance and upkeep chores for The Crispin Colloquy as well as for The Crispin Courier--the newsletter--are volunteers who generously give of their time and energy for zero remuneration].

HCC Membership Coordinator

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2002 10:01 am
by dw
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company would like to welcome new members:

Ms. Victoria Wood
Amazing Accessories
1301 15th Street NW #801
Washington, DC 20005

Mr. Gary Cunningham
4606 Mimosa Lane
Witchita Falls, TX 76310

Thanks for your support...

Tight Stitches

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2002 7:15 am
by dw
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company would like to welcome two new members:

Mr. Peter Monahan
15 Colbeck Cres
Alliston, Ontario L9R 1B7


Mr. Armando Torres
794 N Villa Ave
Fresno, CA 93727

Thanks for the support.

Tight Stitches

Re: The HCC Bulletin Board

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2002 5:46 pm
by admin
The Honourable Cordwainers' Company would like to welcome new members:

Mr. Michael H. Strong
501 Chestnut Ave.
Nyssa,OR 97913

Ms. Pegeen A. Hare
400 2nd Street
Cleveland, MN 56017

Thanks for your support...