Northampton - The home of fine shoes and a great place to learn the gentle craft of Cordwainery. So armed with note book, camera and an inquiring mind I hopped in the Stabo wagon and motored the 40 miles for the 3 day course.
Over the long weekend we worked on a pair of men's Oxford shoes, transformimg a few pieces of leather, nails, glue and thread into a pair of high quality footwear. Although, this did take many hours and hundreds of nuanced steps along with specialist tools.
Here are some of the steps:
|Outer and lining cut, skived (seams thinned) stuck together and a first lasting|
|A second lasting, adding a toe stiffner and preparing the underside for the sole|
|Preparing the sole, adding a leather rand and preparing the sole and upper for attaching|
|The workshop, the finished Oxford shoes and a sample pair of our own Chukka style of shoe we are working on.|
A great course, learnt new skills, knowledge and contacts. Feeling inspired to develop our own simple shoe.