A further comment... It is almost in the nature of one of those "eternal verities" that shoemakers...even those who respect and admire each other...will do some things differently. Depending on the point you want to prove you can always find someone to quote or hold up as an examplar of your point of view. Before I would get excited about such sampling, I would ask "How does Anthony Delos do it?" "How does Jan Petter Myrhe do it?" How did Golding or Sabagge or Rees or Leno or Swayland do it?" How did John Lobb do it?" How does John Lobb St. James Street do it?" It may be stating the obvious but I suspect that I have spent more years actually making shoes and boots than most of the "shoes groupies" (no disrespect intended) on this forum have been alive. This is one of the reasons that I so seldom reference other makers or even even the literature...I simply don't need to. I get up every morning thinking about boots and shoes. I spend every hour of my work day handling, evaluating and cutting leather. I spend time almost every week lasting shoes or boots, making up waxed ends, and inseaming or outseaming. I don't need to fall back on quoting other sources to fill in for my lack of hands-on experience. What you get from me comes straight from the bench. That said, I am not immune to the influences or expertise of someone like Marcel. But quoting a book or referencing one or two (or even a dozen) makers out of hundreds(?) doesn't speak to me or to the issues that bring me to StyleForum. Most people here simply have no frame of reference for information such as this. It almost becomes an exercise in "branding" or marketing to put forth (or even accept) explanations that are not really explanations but merely citations. Understanding only comes by thinking through the processes and the results...intended and/or, more importantly, unintended. "You pays your money, takes your choice." Indeed.
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9/29/10 at 3:02pm