- Apr 10, 2011
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Not that I know - They use a vice which is optimized to hold a relatively short piece of wood in virtually any position.Do last makers ever use shaving horses?
Not something I’ve ever seen anyone use, but if it works for that lastmaker then why not. The problem for me would be the limited usage for quite a big tool, lasts are fairly complicated shapes so gripping them in such a tool in a convenient way for the area you want to work would be awkward. The stock knife I use has fallen by the wayside for lastmaking, it’s quite good for rapid removal of stock in certain areas but I don’t use it much. When the wood came in big rectangles I guess it was more important. I don’t even use a vice to be honest, not as a vice anyway. I move the last around a lot, in between rasp strokes etc so I hold in one hand and rasp with the other. I used to get told off for doing that but it works for me. I’m probably an oddball though, left is my dominant hand so I use that to control the last against the action the dumb rasping handDo last makers ever use shaving horses?
I have a similar pair of Wellington boots in Horween Chromexcel made by Hong Kong shoemaker Kow Hoo, but my pair is a zip up version.My latest acquisition is a pair of bespoke side seamed Wellington boots in Horween Chromexcel leather, where Swedish bespoke shoemaker Janne Melkersson of Melker Shoes & Boots have added a Scandinavian touch to a very traditional British model, and created a quite spectacular pair. Here’s lots of photos of both making and final pair.
Those who don’t know about Melker Shoes & Boots and Janne Melkersson can read more in this report, but to summarise he is sort of a legendary Swedish bespoke maker who’ve worked for over four decades in the trade, also highly respected internationally. This is my third pair from him, after a dark brown plain cap toe oxford and a special adelaide version with where my twin brother hand stitched the decoration seam.
The boots are made on my regular bespoke lasts, which I certainly adore. The uppers are stitched by Wales-based closer Gunvor Troelsen, who knows how to make this type of traditional Wellington boots. The shoes has rubber topys on leather soles and are made with wood pegged bevelled waists, making them stand out a bit compared to the more common square waisted Wellingtons, and in a lovely mid brown Horween Chromexcel leather. These boots surely will gain a lot of character as years go by. Below a bunch of photos of the finished pair, if you want to see more of that and of the making of the boots go here to this article.
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Norwegers always have a shot of looking good, but these are very nice. I am thinking of a black pair like that for when I am back in the UK and able to spend semi casual evenings out again.
I've signed up myself, but I'm awaiting my last being made so I've not been able to get stuck in yet.Don't know it is related to the thread or not, but I am thinking of joining the online shoemaking classes by Carreducker. Actually I was planning to apply for the shoemaking school in Japan but it is hard to implement due to covid. So I hope to learn some basic skills first. Is it suitable for people don't have any leather craft experience? Really happy to hear any advice or opinion. Thanks.
I assume @UrbanComposition would know since he wears work boots for actual work.After wearing my work boots all day yesterday and being reminded of my routine of walking with a limp for a few days after being on my feet in something other than my bespoke shoes for 10 hours, I'm going to see if Maftei can make a pair of work boots for me (I tried a fit sheet with Nick's, they don't think any of their lasts will work for me). What's the best material to go with here, chromexcel? This would be for actual work, from working on a car to doing construction.
By far the toughest boots I have are the Boss engineers from Wesco. While never uncomfortable, they were stiff at the beginning: the upper leather is a robust 7oz/2.8mm. Just the 4.5oz leather lining alone at 1.8mm is thicker than most boots’ outer leather.