Originally Posted by Gdot Not necessarily. Most specifically I mean hand welted.
Again - I don't believe this to be possible. But an expert here has told me it is true so I am merely attempting to verify that expert's assertion.
I suspect I am the person who last made mention of this to you, so I feel compelled to say that if it is me you are referring to as an "expert," let me disabuse you. I don't claim to be an expert. Not now not ever.
I do have a long and intimate involvement with shoemaking and shoemaking techniques that is vanishingly rare in the world at large much less on this forum. That gives me a unique perspective--one that may, and even maybe ought to be, useful to people here but which cannot be even simulated by speculation and fantasy.
None of that makes me an expert, however...unless it is by comparison--until a real
one comes along IOW.
More to the point, I am not now nor will I ever be an expert on what other shoemakers charge, all I can do is pass on what I've been told...by other shoemakers.
Originally Posted by Isaac Asimov--Newsweek, 21 January 1980
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."