Originally Posted by sully
I really admire the skill that you have put into these lasts, good luck with your project with Cliff
How will you get the lasts out after making ?
Are they hinged or two seperate blocks.
Thank you Sully
Bengal-stripe is correct, two seperate blocks held with screws. To be honest I think the hinged type last (klappshnitt - thanks for the terminolgy bengal-stripe) is probably the most convenient for shoemakers and probably the toughest to make. We can see in the photos in this thread that Springer uses the Klappshnitt type.
I live in Montreal, Canada and was not able to find any local suppliers of wood lasts. Only one company that makes HMW plastic lasts in one solid piece. Speaking to a local shoemaker who uses the one piece - told me they can get away with it if shoes has large lace openning and less structure (rubber sole ect) and obviously not suitable for dress shoes discussed here. Besides I hate all plastics and machining it is not much fun.
Since I didn't do any additional research and started making lasts (about 6 to 9 months ago) before I knew of Springer, I decided to use something I have plenty of access to -- FIREWOOD LOGS (usually a mix of rock maple, sugar maple, white & red oak, beach and poplar maybe). I sorted out several pieces of rock maple and simply started from there with a resaw and band saw.
BTW I did all of this before I knew the last could not be a single piece only. I only realized the last had to be divided when seeing the work of cliff here with the lasts shown - Holy!!!... what's that gap at the top of the last.(light bulb comes on) ......
. Cliff also confirmed he couldn't work with a solid last. So off to the band saw I went.....All the pairs of lasts now in two pieces.......
..... Why didn't I just send off the solid lasts to Springer to duplicate and keep the solids as masters you ask ?
I think a will still ask cliff if he can have Springer make sme several copies at the 70 pound price if possible and also send me some oversized lasts for my other shoe ideas (including those for wife and family)