Originally Posted by j-mac
DW, our paths have met before.I used to post on the CC forum a few years back in the day.
I have no problem with the thin stick on sole, shoes are 8 years old and seem fine.
Just a comment on the bespoke trade here in the UK and Europe, the interest in bespoke making from the younger generation has probably never been stronger, great interest and appreciation for traditional work and attention to detail, I see some excellent work but I think the call for bespoke is smaller now than say in the 70s as price probably is prohibitive for many.
Yes, I know. I remember. You helped me a great deal with my bottom finishing...it was a small detail but one of those "aha" moments.
I've been on the web for some time as you know...and my devotion, consistent with my membership and directorship of The Honourable Cordwainers' Company (as well as the Guild motto), is to preserving
the Trade. That might be a unique, or at least uncommon, perspective.
Not so much on the CC...which has remained true to its principles...but on other forums (such as FB), I see a lot of that interest you're talking about being channeled towards GY techniques and leatherboard insoles and heels stacks, and celastic toe and heel stiffeners. Expediencies / short cuts, IOW. As well as...maybe even more importantly...indifference to Traditional techniques and Traditional standards of quality.
Whether the "new breed" knows the difference and just doesn't care, or considers Traditional techniques too difficult to master and too much hassle to fuss with, or just hasn't had enough exposure and experience, is open to question but regardless it doesn't bode well for the future of the Trade...IMO.
GoodYear Welting is the gold standard here and around the world. As much as I hate to admit it or accept it. So much so that even some handwelted work is called (erroneously) "Goodyear hand welted." And worse, some HW is actually done to gemming ...with all the attendant miseries. I call that "dumbing down" because that's what it is. It's not a step forward, IMO and it doesn't do anything to preserve the Trade or garner due respect for the techniques or those who preserve them in their own hands and hearts.
In my personal and
PS and on edit: I'm not tooting my own horn (I'm not even sure it is true) but some people...long term members of this board...will even tell you that until I came along, lo, these many years ago, that most people posting here did not know the difference between GY and HW--did not know that their high-end, very expensive shoes were not made like their Da's or Granda's shoes. Many still don't and too many refuse to care. Which of course is their prerogative, but....
So, experience (esp. hands-on experience) and time in harness is
a big deal. Speaking only for myself, I take some comfort in the notion that perhaps...just perhaps...I've made a small difference--freshening the ocean one "luvin' spoonful" at a time.
--Edited by DWFII - 3/18/16 at 7:09am