Hello all! I have been enjoying the Crispin Colloquy for a bit, reading DWFII's, Vass' and Salaman's books and have decided to try making my first pair of boots. Yipes, a bit scarey. I hope to go to Brownwood next month, meet everyone and really get started!
I have interests in lots of areas, can hardly find something I don't want to know more about. My current interests are Karmann Ghias, dark beer and Joseph Campbell.
I come to HCC by way of athletic shoes. I am the Product and Creative Director for an athletic footwear and apparel company. I never planned this, it just evolved. I originally degreed in economics and urban studies and wanted to go into urban planning, but ended up in statistical plans with an insurance company. It was a great job as I found insurance companies are or can be very interesting, really. After a few years I went back to school to retrain as an industrial designer. Ten years later, here I am studying lasts and fashion, trying to make products fit and look better.
This is my professional interest in shoes, my personal interest involves my duck feet, wide forefoot, narrow heel. If it kills me I am going to make shoes that fit... by the way, clipping is not ok for me DW!
My family is the most important part of me, I can't forget to mention Leslie, my wife or Ian, 9 and Eric, 6 my sons. Leslie's hobby/passion is fiber arts, spinning, weaving, and knitting. Ian loves animals (living, extinct, big, or little) reading about them and sometimes eating them. Eric loves activity, lots of it: sports, music, dancing, making things and video games.
Lastly, I must add cheers and thanks to DWFII, Al and the other many dedicated contributors to the forum. The site works wonderfully, the archive is an incredible and invaluable resource, and the friendly, helpful attitude is much appreciated and not always found on the 'net or in life!