We have been very busy in class in the second week of our Intensive Shoemaking Course
Having attached the soles last Saturday, our students stitched their soles to the welts on Monday and Tuesday.
|Stitching the sole|
With the soles firmly attached, we moved on to heel building, starting with the split lift. Once prepared, it is attached using paste and nails.
|Making the split lift|
|Heel building in action|
Heel building requires each lift to be added and skived flat so that when the top piece is attached, the heel sits flat on the ground giving support and stability to the wearer.
We use paste and nails and add the lifts one by one.
|Nailing a heel lift|
|Skiving a heel lift|
|Attaching a split lift with paste and nails|
|Balancing the heel|
With the heels built and top pieces attached, our students moved on to the final stage of the shoemaking process - finishing
The shoes are functionally finished at this point and could be worn, but, to make them look beautiful, our students must spend 2 days finishing them, starting with a final shape with the knife and then some rasping.
This is a very important step and will give the shoes their final finish and shape. So they spend a lot of time getting this stage right.
|Rasping the heel|
|Finishing en masse|
|This heel needs the seat to be cut to give it a clean look around the heel|
So until then, happy shoemaking!