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Originally Posted by laufer View Post

Hey @DWFII I think this might put a smile on your face. For your profession is indeed very old one. Here is example from early shoemaker's last from ninth or tenth century. This is from book The Early Slavs by Paul Barford. The picture depicts some wooden artifacts from Slavic culture found in southern Poland. The # 17 is a last, pretty crude last nevertheless.

I think I've seen that illustration or those lasts before...or something nearly identical. Historians and archeologists tell us that purpose-made, maker made shoes date back 10,000 years.