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post #61 of 73
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Originally Posted by HORNS View Post
Beautiful shoes, DW. I love how the pattern in the 'gator skin extrapolates the line of the laces. Everything is so well-done.
Thank you, I especially appreciate insightful comments.
post #62 of 73
Beautiful. Just out of curiosity, what would those cost if I commissioned a pair with no gator?
post #63 of 73
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Beautiful. Just out of curiosity, what would those cost if I commissioned a pair with no gator?
PM me on this please...I really don't like to quote prices on the forum--it's too much like "selling."
post #64 of 73
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So, here's my first pair of whole cut chelseas. I have been interested in this style for some time but the patterns and the shape of the crimping board needed are not all that intuitive...at least not for me. The board was relatively easy although it took some work and some experimentation with coordinating the shape of the board with the patterns before I was able to make two "real' boards.

I won't claim that this is my best work. These were my first attempt and were intended as a "proof of concept" more than anything else. I see the problems...three of them I'll fix in the next pair.

Whole cut chelsea, marginal, full grain veg retan calf, one inch heel. The liner is actually two-piece and seamed at the side ...no seam in the back...thus reinforcing the backseam in the uppers.

post #65 of 73
Very nice. Looks like RMW and Baxter et al have some competition wink.gif
post #66 of 73
to what extent do non wholecuts/uppers cut and sewn from multiple pieces of leather need crimping and boarding (is that the right term?) before lasting?
post #67 of 73
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

to what extent do non wholecuts/uppers cut and sewn from multiple pieces of leather need crimping and boarding (is that the right term?) before lasting?

Depends on how they're made and how many pieces are involved. I suppose the most basic answer is "none"--I've seen patterns that did not anticipate the pieces being crimped.

But even if I were to do a three piece, side seamed chelsea, I'd still crimp the vamp/front.
post #68 of 73
Wow. Beautiful, DW.
post #69 of 73

Chelsea boots aren't my favorites, but those are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

post #70 of 73
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Thanks to all...it's been a bit of a journey, late nights trying to imagine the proper shape for the blocker...and I'm a bit stoked to have ended up with such decent results on the first pair.
post #71 of 73
If you look at the boot continuously for several seconds, the shape of a human foot appears. That's extraordinary.
post #72 of 73
Nice and clean looking. The subtle detail brings it together nicely.
Great work D.
post #73 of 73
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If you look at the boot continuously for several seconds, the shape of a human foot appears. That's extraordinary.

Freaky.
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