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#51 Post by 1947redhed » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:10 am

Didn't know Rosie the Racing Greyhound (DW's dog)
had her own emoticon. Where do you find these things?
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#52 Post by dw » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:30 am

Georgene,

I knew you'd like that. I don't know where I got it. I know it's silly but I'm always on the lookout for these kinds of things--emoticons of a certain style.

Feel free to copy it off the page here...that's almost certainly what I did.


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#53 Post by btippit » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:54 am

Happy (one day late) Birthday DW from your soon-to-be cross state neighbor. Hope you enjoyed your day and have great success and happiness in the coming year!

Bill Tippit, Sr.

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#54 Post by relferink » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:49 pm

At 64 a day late doesn't matter much or does it......
DW, hope you had a wonderful birthday with many more to come.
When you start collecting Social Security next year you may consider taking up traveling the world to visit fellow boot and shoemakers to collect those single malts promisedImage.
Just a thought.

To all other who just had a birthday or are about to become a year wiser also best wishes.

Rob

PS, do call ahead and I'll make sure to have a nice single malt ready for you as well

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#55 Post by danfreeman » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:10 am

Happy Birthday, DW. Many more good ones to you.

Dan

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#56 Post by lancepryor » Thu Feb 04, 2010 7:04 am

DW:

Belated happy birthday wishes.

I just crossed the half-century line 2 weeks ago, so I am now getting AARP solicitations. You know, they are saying (okay, I am saying) '50 is the new 30', so I imagine you must feel like you're 44, not 64!

Here's hoping you have many happy returns of the day.

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#57 Post by john_woodward » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:02 am

Happy Birthday DW, You don't look a day over 60...did you have some work done? Could I get a referal?

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#58 Post by dw » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:06 am

Jeeze! Thanksto all of you. I think we'll have to take Thomas' suggestion and extend this party past midnight.

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#59 Post by jkrichard » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:38 pm

Late to the party... but Happy Birthday DW. While there may be some argument to the fabled 64 stitches per inch...we can't argue 64 years to the DW. Many more!

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#60 Post by cwsaddler » Sun Feb 07, 2010 11:06 pm

Happy Birthday DW. I am sorry to tell you this but they changed the law. You have to be as old as I am (66) to get SS.

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#61 Post by dw » Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:01 pm

Jim,

Thanks for the B'day wishes.

According to some flyer/info we got last year, I could actually be collecting SS now...not the max that I would collect at 66 but over 50% I think. And at 65 it comes to a bit over 75%, if I recall correctly.

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#62 Post by jon_g » Tue Apr 20, 2010 7:53 am

Here's a very interesting video about the shoemaker that Daniel Day Lewis supposedly studied with, nice work.

I'm sure this should go under a different thread, but couldn't find the right one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHoWzcXbF_Q

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#63 Post by corvin » Tue Apr 20, 2010 1:23 pm

Thanks for posting this Jon! Were those shoes for DDL or made by DDL?

On a side note, and speaking of studying with, Marcell will be in New York in June teaching. Any plans to head down to be a teacher's assistant?

Marcell's classes in NYC in June

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#64 Post by sorrell » Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:07 am

I'd like to let everyone know that Janne Melkersonn has been diagnosed with leukemia. I received this email a couple of weeks ago from my friend Carina in Stockholm and she and Janne gave me permission to post it here.

"I was so happy that he moved to Stockholm with his wonderful family, giving me the opportunity to work closer with him again.
They got an old house , located 10 minutes from us and they just started to renovate the house.
He´s been at the hospital for the first treatment since last Friday and now he´s feeling a little better.
Cancer treatment is like a war in your body and he has been really sick.
I´m spending as much time as possible with his wife and kids and I´m trying to help out in all ways I can.
He´s going to be at the hospital for at least 4 weeks this first treatment and the doctors don´t say anything yet about the out coming of the treatment.
We will know in about 8 mount if he will recover. We pray and wish with all of our hearts that he is one of the 90% that will get.

I´m going to call him now to find out if he is strong enough to have visitors today so I can see him again.

I didn´t ever think that I would say that shoes are unimportant, but right now Jannes health and the wellbeing of his family is my only priority.
I´m putting a group of shoemakers together to help Janne and Maria fixing the house. Right now the kids still sleeps at the floor in one small room since there is a lot of stuff that need to be done at the basement floor were the kids were suppose to have there bedrooms."

If anyone would like to send a card to Janne, his address is:
Jan-Erik Melkersson
Timmervägen 66
SE-14252 Skogås
Sweden

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#65 Post by paul » Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:23 am

Thank you for posting this Lisa.

Janne I wish you to be blessed with power and strength as you journey through this.

Paul

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#66 Post by dearbone » Mon Oct 04, 2010 8:56 am

Lisa, Thank you.

Janne,I wish and pray you find the strength in you to fight this,My thoughts are with you at this very difficult period.

Nasser

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#67 Post by dw » Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:10 am

Lisa,

Thank you for posting that. I had heard about this "through the grapevine" some short time ago but was hesitant to contact Janne because I was not sure that he would want this to be known...some people don't.

When I read your posting this morning I felt free to email him with our best wishes and support.

I hope everyone will do the same...his email address is: janne.melkersson@melkershoes.com

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#68 Post by janne_melkersson » Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:52 pm

Lisa at all,
thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I am glad to tell you that the treatment is going as good as it can and that I am in good hands at the hospital. I have been home over the weekend and will be back at the hospital tomorrow for a second run of kemoterapy. If all goes well then I don't have to stay at the hospital much more because they can take care of me during daytime. That said there will be some time left for hobby shoemaking and I have some new stuff on the bench which I will post a photo of later on :-)

Unfortunately I can not come to the HCC meeting but there will be another year and I hope to see you there then.

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#69 Post by dw » Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:14 am

All,

Well, I've been busy trying to arrange things for AGM in 2011 recently--on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor; taking part my Landis curved needle and washing it down, piece by piece, in solvent, etc.; hanging crepe paper garlands and ordering in flowers--it's never too early.

But I've not been so busy I would forget that another Christmas is upon us and with it the blessing of the season and the promise of a new year where the possibility, at least, exists that all will be made right or that what's right will keep getting better.

This has been a good year for the Colloquy...we've grown almost exponentially...and
we've seen a lot off good information and some really useful and intelligent conversation.

Thank you all...every one...for that.

I want to wish each of you a very

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#70 Post by homeboy » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:42 am

Dee-Dubb,

Thank You for all your hard work behind the scenes!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years!

P.S. Can hardly wait for the AGM!

Jake

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#71 Post by tomo » Fri Dec 24, 2010 11:13 am

Christmas morning here now and it's fantastic. I had my father's funeral two days ago, he was 88. Early this morning I took my little Jack Russell for a walk along the beach, and as the sun came up over the Tararuas the whole beach came alive with magic. I hope your days are all filled with magic, joy and love too.

Merry Christmas to y'awl
Tomo.

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#72 Post by salsa » Mon May 02, 2011 4:30 pm

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Spring has come. The sun is out. Flowers are blooming. Bin Laden is dead. The world is a better place.

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#73 Post by djulan » Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:45 pm

Below is a link to an interview with a trade center business man rebuilding his shoe repair business after 9/11. Minas is well known by most everyone in the shoe business here in NYC.

http://news.yahoo.com/shop-owner-battles-back-after-9-11-destroys-business-bring s-400-000-debt.html

You may need to paste the address in your browser's address window if it does not function as a link.

Peace,
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#74 Post by tjburr » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:09 pm

I was not sure where to put this.

3D printing has come a long way, and this is becoming less costly. I have not looked into the cost yet, but did see a video on CNN. In the video they even showed a shoe that was 3D "printed".

I wonder how much it would cost to make a last. Use Rick's last reader for and old last an use that design to print the last. Maybe somewhere in the near future this will be cost effective.

http://www.deelip.com/?p=7448

Terry

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#75 Post by romango » Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:19 pm

Most of the 'cheap' 3D printers do not have a large enough stage to make a shoe last (yet). It certainly might be in our future though.

I keep one eye one developments in that area.

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