Ok, I'm in the mood for some testing...
First, the video on wiping should now be accessible by clicking on the following link: video-wiping the heel
However, this requires that Windows Media Player be installed on your computer. It worked for me in a Test message, so anyone having trouble please let me know, immediately.
Here's my original text...
This is the video short on wiping the heel. It is in wmv format and will play with windows media player. It is roughly six minutes long. A broadband connection is recommended.
My thanks go to Tom Mickle for allowing me to use his student boots for a demonstration and and for his prodigious skills as a cameraman.
This is no polished Hollywood production...the dialogue is disjointed simply because I am multi-tasking--wiping a heel and trying to describe the process at the same time. But the dialogue is probably of less consequence than the actually technique anyway. (I might add...because it's funny...I chipped a tooth a couple of days before this was shot and my "F's" and "T's" tend to have a slight hiss or a lisp. All I can say is that I'm grateful it's a just hiss and not a whistle!
To wipe a heel in this fashion it is understood that there must be no heel plates on the last. We do not use, and I do not teach using, nails in the final construction of the boot, so a heel plate is just in the way from the get-go. And a heel plate would tend to dull or break a pegging awl, in any case. So unless the maker is committed to sewing and pegging the shoe or boot, this technique will not be of much interest.