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Re: The Gallery

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:08 am
by dw
Thanks paul...

As one of my recent students said, "it's just for _______ (spouse)". :crackup:

These were just for my son-in-law. The good news is that until now he's never had a "real" pair of shoes.

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:58 am
by martin
A type of one piece shoe of Germanic origin. The original find is dated to the 3rd - 4th century AD. Note the raised horizontal and off-center vertical seam around the heel. The asymmetric design with carved decoration is typical for these shoes. Made of 4-5mm veg tan cow leather.
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Cheers,
Martin

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:21 am
by dw
Martin,

Say, those look great. How did you shape them? The toe is so well formed, the "tabs"(?) are even twisted. Almost looks like the shoe was formed over a last...???

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:24 am
by homeboy
:clap: Nice job Martin!

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:25 am
by martin
DW, you are spot on :-) First handshaped them and formed the heel area over my shoemaker's anvil, then used a normal (modern) last to wet shape them. They quickly adapt to the wearer's feet when they're broken in I find.

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:24 pm
by Emilyparker
Hey everyone... I've been studying with DW and Randee for the past week and learning to make some packer boots. Thought I'd share some photos from the week:) cheers!

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:27 pm
by Emilyparker
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Re: The Gallery

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:33 pm
by homeboy
Emily,

THANKS a bunch for the pics! Brought back many fine memories of my time there. Soak it up! Keep taking notes and pics....it will help later on after you leave.

Give D.W. and Randee a big "howdy" for me!

Thanks once again for sharing! Keep'em coming!

Take care!

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:46 pm
by Emilyparker
Well since your asked ... here are a few more:) lol. Have a great weekend!!

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:59 pm
by dw
Three posts and already figured out how to post photos! Good on you, Emily.

:beers:

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:34 am
by martin
Another pair from the Roman department: Saalburg no. 218, one of the finds of various types of low shoes dated to the 2nd half of the 2nd century AD, in an unnailed version and decorated with cut out and punched patterns. The 2nd century AD saw these low shoes in fashion before shoes covering the ankle returned again with the start of the 3rd century.
Construction is a one piece upper, tunnel stitched outer sole and a 2 piece midsole fixed to the insole with a narrow, thin strap of leather.
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Cheers,
Martin

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:30 am
by paul
Those look wonderful Martin. I'm sure you're pleased with them.
I'd love a look at your sole construction...

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:33 am
by dw
I second that...would love to see the "tunnel stitch". No one has ever covered that on this forum.

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:20 pm
by martin
Certainly, my pleasure! FYI, I'm using pictures from various shoes I did over the years to illustrate the details. The construction is a rather easy one, though apparently widespread in Roman times. With multi-piece and multi-layered sole shoes, midsoles (one or multi piece) in various types of shoes were typically held in place by leather strips like this (with the upper braced in place.):
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or, in the case of caligae, like this:
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Re: The Gallery

Posted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:27 pm
by martin
The outer sole is prepared with flesh-side "tunnels", going ca. through half the thickness of the leather
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and then sewn on through all layers
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Here you can see both the tunnel-stitch thread and the leather straps fixing the midsole pieces.
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The majority of these shoes additionally seem to have been nailed throughout with up to more than 100 nails per shoe, which of course further strengthens the whole construction while also providing excellent grip.

Cheers,
Martin

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:40 am
by dw
Thanks for posting that, Martin. I am looking forward to some time to study it in more depth.

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:29 am
by paul
Yes, I found this interesting also. Thank you.
"Navaho" mocs have a similarity in the tunnel stitch technique.
I wonder if there isn't some crossover from Conquistadores?
Paul

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:08 am
by martin
Hm, I somehow doubt that, Paul. Reason being that to my knowledge 15th/16th cent. shoes didn't use tunnel stitch construction except where repair clump soles were sewn on.

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:37 am
by paul
Just speculating. You'd know better than I.
Thank you tho.

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:17 am
by ygtyftree
I would like to share some photos of the first shoe I made. I read the posts of HCC and watched most shoe making videos I could find online before I started. The shoe turns out to be better than I expected. Because I didn't know if I will end up wasting the bot of leather, I cut only one pattern (upper/lining) for the left foot. Now the challenge is to make one the same for the right foot.
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Re: The Gallery

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:32 am
by homeboy
Pretty darn good! Keep it up and Thanks for posting!

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:20 pm
by martin
Congrats! Nice work!

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:31 am
by paul
Very respetable! Start another!
Paul

Re: The Gallery

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:17 am
by ygtyftree
Thanks Gents. All done today
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Re: The Gallery

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:28 am
by dw
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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