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I've sorted the videos by areas of interest, similar to your local public library. So, any one video may appear more than once in different subject lists or not at all in a list. On videos with multiple subjects, the pertinent subject(s) is printed in bold typeset.

Subject Areas: History/Archaeology, The Shoe Shop Business, Pattern Making, Lasts and Orthotics, Shoemaking Techniques/Demonstrations

 

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Shoemaking History/Archaeological Subjects

VOL I

Historic Shoemaking (58 mins.), June Swann (former Keeper of the Shoe Collection for Northampton Central Museum, Northampton, England) uses her excellent collection of colored slides as she traces the history of shoemaking from Ancient Rome through the development of the modern factory. She details the way hand cutting and stitching evolved into modern shoemaking machinery.

VOL II

(1)Military Shoes, 1911-1915 (34 mins.), Capt Ernest W. Peterkin. The late Capt. Peterkin discusses the shoes and boots worn by sailors and soldiers around the world during this volatile period for military footwear. He outlines an era that began with soldiers wearing shoes that were so uncomfortable it cost them their battles, and ended with the development of the Munson Last, the foundation for "the best shoe ever furnished American trooops."

(2)Modern Manufacture, Pinnacles and Pitfalls (35 mins.), Larry Waller. The development of Larry's shop, the Walrus Shoe Factory where he makes period shoes for re-enactors and museum living history personnel such as at Colonial Williamsburg and Old Sturbridge Village.

VOL III

Anatomy of Archaelogical Shoes (66 mins.), Al Saguto. With transparencies, showing technical drawings of actual shoes from the 17th, 18th, & 19th centuries, Al discusses shoe archaeology. The drawings illustrate disassembled shoes and show how they were constructed and repaired. Following the transparencies, Al and Dean Nelson show and discuss Dean's fabulous collection of recovered footwear from the same centuries.


VOL V

(1)US Army Bootee, 1861-1865 (37 mins.), Capt. Ernest W. Peterkin. Using transparencies, the late Capt. Peterkin traces the evolution of the Army Bootee from the development of the Jefferson Boot through the Blucher shoes worn by soldiers and cavalry of the Civil War. He discusses manufacturers, inspection marks, and the actual construction of the Bootee.


(2)Shoemakers at Work, 1474-1877 (40 mins.), Al Saguto. With colored slides, Al shows shoemakers at their benches and discusses the clothing they wear, tools, postures, work locations, and how so little has changed over the Centuries. Many of the slides were taken by Al at the recent tour of England's Shoe Museums by the Cordwainers.


VOL VI

(1) Shoemaking By The Book (38 mins.), Al Saguto. Using transparencies, Al examines shoemaking manuals from Medieval times through the 18th century. A time when shoemakers made wonderful shoes without the help of sewing machines and modern adhesives. How did they do it? What kinds of tools and materials did they use? What were the names of their tools? Al answers these questions with pictures of actual pages from the books used by those shoemakers.
(2) Hessian, Hussar, Hungarian Boots (33 mins.), June Swann. With beautiful color slides, June introduces us to this boot style. She shows us exactly what makes a boot a Hessian, who made them, who wrote about them, and who wore them (cavalry, Napoleon, and - would you believe - billy the Kid, among others).
(3) The Leather and Tanning Museums of France (19 mins.), Rene Hackstetter. As a bonus, Rene enthusiastically shares with us his recent tour of obscure French Leather museums. All charming small town museums.

 

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VOL VIII

(1)Shoes from Columbus to the Present (45 mins.), June Swann. Using her personal collection of beautiful slides, June discusses American shoes and shoemaking from Primitive Native American footwear through the latest styles.
(2)The Shoemaking Industry in Early 19th Century Massachusetts (25 mins.), Peter Oakley presents an intriguing insight into this era of flourishing American shoe production with the aid of factory production figures, numbers of employees, excerpts from account books, and the actual diary of a shoemaker.
(3)A Look at Two 18th Century Shoemakers (20 mins.), Paul Lurk. While doing research for setting up a shoemaking shop for George Washington’s Mount Vernon Museum, Paul stumbled upon the actual shoemakers that made shoes for our first president. They made shoes for George Washington at Mount Vernon.

VOL IX

(1) Shoemaking From Historical Sources: Preserving a Process as an Artifact (45 mins.), Al Saguto.Working with his personal collection of slides and equipped with his background of years of work in a museum shoe shop, Al examines the philosophy of historical shoemaking in museum environment.
(2) A visit to the shoe shop at Plimoth Plantation, Rusty Moore. The Cordwainers visit the studio exhibit in the Plimoth Crafts Center for a personal impromptu tour of Rusty’s work at setting up a shoe shop to replicate 17th Century shoes.
(3) Military Accouterments of the 40th Regiment of Grenadiers (30 mins.), Tim Wilson. Using detailed slides and diagrams, Tim presents his research on the reproduction of the uniform and leather equipment of the Grenadiers in the French and Indian War.


VOL X


(2) 18th c. Footwear, Shoemaking Tools, & Devices (35 mins.), Al Saguto. Master Shoemaker, Colonial Williamsburg, presents a slide presentation highlighting and describing the various tools and devices gathered from Colonial Williamsburg, private and international collections. The slides will photo-illustrate his forthcoming book, The Art of the Cordwainer by M. DeGarsault.
(3) Cordwainer's Shoe Collection (24 mins.), Al Saguto examines each pair of
historical shoes in the Cordwainers’ Shoe Collection in chronological order, from the late 1770s through to the early 20th century. He displays and describes the details and construction technique of each piece.

(1) Double Channel English-Style Top Boots (49 mins.), Kenneth Treese. The construction of a pair of reproduction top boots from patterning to polishing.

Vol XI

(1) 18th Century Apprenticeship (25 mins.), Harold Gill. Historian (ret.), Historic Trades Department, Colonial Williamsburg, 1961-1991, discusses his research on apprenticeship for 18th century trades. He covers apprenticeship indentures, education, and orphans, focusing on shoemakers and his book, Apprentices of Virginia, 1623-1800.
(2) Reproducing 18th Century Shoemaking Tools (56 mins.), Peter Ross. Master Blacksmith, Colonial Williamsburg, shares his research on the background and detailed construction of reproduction 18th century pincers, nippers, and other related historic shoemaking tools as used in the Shoemaking shop at the museum.
(3) Shoemakers of New Hampshire (26 mins.), Bruce Graham, historian/Cord-
wainer, New Hampshire. Using an old diary (1882) of his wife’s grandparents, who were part time shoemakers and part time farmers, Bruce discusses the history of shoemaking in New Hampshire. They “made shoes on the kitchen table“ and forwarded them to large manufacturers in his state.

(4) William Asadorian Archaeological Footwear Collection (17 mins.) Al Saguto, Master Shoemaker, Colonial Williamsburg. Al displays and discusses Shoe remnants taken from the lower Manhattan, East River landfill. And donated to Colonial Williamsburg.

Vol XIII

(1) This Old Shoe (22 mins.), Donna Albergotti. Following a spirited how-to orientation, Donna, separates the cordwainers into work groups for a hands-on workshop. Using paper, pencils and white cotton gloves, they examine identify and
draw various mid to late 18th c. Shoes and fragments.

(2)So You Want to Make Shoes For a Living (38 mins.), Bruce Graham. A discussion of the technical research and development he's gone through to develop and market an affordable, hand made shoe.
(3) Living History, Hand Shoemaking in Ecuador (15 min.), Dan Freeman. A review and critique of a fascinating tape of an Ecuadorian shoemaker who creates beautiful shoes with only a few simple (primitive) tools.


Vol XV

(2) The Smallest Shoes from the Museums of Europe, Alzbeta Kolcunova (38 min.) A university paper delivered in the Czech Republic that examines children’s shoes from the Medieval period through the 20th century. Includes an interesting formula for calculating the height of the children that wore those shoes.

(1) Waxed Ends using inexpensive nylon line for a bristle and dacron polyester thread, D. W. Frommer (12 min.) An amazing hands-on demonstration using these unusual items to perform the same functions as an expensive hog’s bristle and linen thread.

 

Vol XXI

(1)Digging Old Shoes (37 mins.) Al Saguto. Using slides, Al examines the treasure trove of 18th century shoes as recovered from burial or under water, from sewers, wells or sunken ships.
(2) Handmade Books (23 mins.) Bruce Graham. A "Show & Tell" presentation of Bruce's latest interest, book binding. He shows off his beautiful leather bound books and fields how-to questions from the cordwainers.

Vol XXV

Mediaeval Shoes (60 mins.) Marc Carlson. Marc’s interests lie in how mediaeval shoes
were made. In this presentation, he discusses several methods that he believes those ancient shoemakers used during this dark time period.

Vol XXVII

(2) Archaeological Shoes from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection
and Old Philadelphia
(45 mins.) Val Povinelli. Val presents the paper he is working on as his Journeyman project for Colonial Williamsburg. The detailed report includes the percentage of the shoes that were stitched, pegged, etc. down to counting the stitches per inch attained by those Colonial shoemakers.

(1) Hoisting (45 mins.) Dan Freeman. Dan demonstrates the technique of lasting using the hoisting method by actually lasting a pump and a boot.

Vol XXVIII

(2) Walking in Big Ben’s Shoes: Reproducing a mid-19th Century
Slave’s Shoes
(46 mins.) Paul Lurk. Big Ben, a slave, was a huge man with extremely large feet. Paul tells Ben's story and examines one of Ben’s large shoes from a museum, then sets about creating a last for the shoe.

(1) Custom Lastmaking by the STS Sock Method (45 mins.) Glen Leasure. Using a fellow Cordwainer’s foot as a model, Glen demonstrates his techniques for creating a custom plaster last by taking a mold of the foot.

Vol XXXIV

1. Concealed Shoes in Massachusetts (23:00) Bruce Graham discusses shoes and other artifacts concealed in the walls of New England homes. He shows many of the old lshoes using a power point slide show produced by Bruce and his wife, Penny.

2. The HCC Library (36:16) Marc Carlson, the HCC Librarian, discusses the library collection and questions how to proceed with growing number of volumes.

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Vol XXXIX

1. Where's My Hammer? (21:00) Marc Carlson discovered, while digging through old manuscripts and illustrations of shoemakers at work, that there were no hammers mentioned or shown. In this presentation, he probes the reasons for this oddity with the use of power point slides.

2. Taping a Last to obtain a Mean Form (13:00) & Making Hand Wax (7:00) Nasser Vies demonstrates how he tapes a last to extract its form. He also shows us how he makes hand sewing wax using pine pitch and cooking oil.

3. Patternmaking Tricks and Ideas (16:43) Dan Freeman digs into his trick bag and gives us some new ideas for patternmaking.

Vol 40

1. Embroidered Shoes 1790-1950 (40:00) by Edward F. Maeder, founding Director Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, presents a Power Point study of the fine art of embroidery applied to footwear

2. Custom Shoemaking Tips & Techniques (4:00) Dan Freeman discusses a trick that he learned from June Swann to improve his custom footwear.


Vol 41

1. Teaching at Penland Crafts School (31 min.) by Lisa Sorrell, a custom cowboy bootmaker from Guthrie, Oklahoma. Lisa set up a course teaching leather art at Penland and, along with power point slides, discusses steps she took to create the course and problems she encountered and solved.

2. The Life of Samuel Lane 1718-1806 (30 min.) by Brett Walker, a journeyman shoemaker at Colonial Williamsburgh. Samuel Lane kept a detailed journal of his day-to-day life as a New Hampshire shoemaker in the 18th Century. The New Hampshire Historical Society published a book of his writings. Brett discusses Samuel’s life with power point slides, as detailed in this book.

 

Vol 42

1. Starting a Shoe Program at Fort Ticonderoga (31 mins.) by Joel Anderson. Joel led the development of the fort’s historic trade program in 2012 including shoemaking and military tailoring. His presentation describes how Fort Ticonderoga conducted the research, sourced materials, and trained personnel for their newly established shoemaking program.

2. The History of Peg Making (33 mins.) by Paul Soares. Paul owns Kearsarge Peg Company, located in Bartlett, NH .The company has been in continuous operation for 121 years. They still manufacture the original hardwood shoe pegs. Paul gives a tour of the history of the peg-making trade through a look at the history of Kearsarge.

 

Vol 44

1. An Intimate Study of 17th Century Footwear in the Rijksmuseum's Painting Collection (37 mins.) by Edward Maeder. Edward is a former Curator of Costumes and Textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and founding director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto. In this presentation he analyzes the footwear worn by the subjects in the 17th century paintings in the Rijksmuseum's collection in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2. Examining Lincoln's Boots (40 mins.) by Michael Anthony Carnacchi. Michael is a bootmaker in Sebastopol, California. He received a commission from the Ford Theater and the National Park Service to recreate the boots that Lincoln was wearing when he was assasinated. In this presentation, he details the commission, from actually handling Lincoln's boots through his completion of the recreation.

3. The Effects the honourable company of cordwainers has had on the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) (20 mins.) Kathleen Grevers, Senior Critic, Apparel Design, RISD. Kathleen's colleague attended the preceding year's AGM and brought ideas that she had learned back to the school. Kathleen discusses the impact that has had on the school's curriculum and especially to Italian shoe design.

4. Making Orthotic Shoes Fit Mind and Foot (25 mins.) Carina Eneroth, master shoemaker in Sweden and Official Shoemaker to the Swedish Royal Family. Carina discusses techniques that she uses to create orthotic shoes that are both attractive and orthotically correct.

 

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The Business of Making Shoes/Boots for a Living

Vol II

(2)Modern Manufacture, Pinnacles and Pitfalls (35 mins.), Larry Waller. The development of Larry's shop, the Walrus Shoe Factory where he makes period shoes for re-enactors and museum living history personnel such as at Colonial Williamsburg and Old Sturbridge Village.

(1)Military Shoes, 1911-1915 (34 mins.), Capt Ernest W. Peterkin. The late Capt. Peterkin discusses the shoes and boots worn by sailors and soldiers around the world during this volatile period for military footwear. He outlines an era that began with soldiers wearing shoes that were so uncomfortable it cost them their battles, and ended with the development of the Munson Last, the foundation for "the best shoe ever furnished American trooops."

Vol IV

(2) Operating a Successful Shoemaking Shop (37 min.) Dan Freeman. Mr. Freeman is a custom shoemaker. Like most Cordwainers, Dan loves to make shoes. In this roundtable discussion, he explores the various techniques for making a living while becoming successful enough to support yourself with your craft. The Cordwainers describe their individual efforts to resolve this ever present problem.

(1) Conducting a Shoemaking Workshop (46 min.) Peter Oakley. Mr. Oakley works in the shoemaking shop at Old Sturbridge Village and regularly teaches a course on making historical shoes. In this presentation, he discusses his techniques for running successful workshops, including class sizes, course length, tools and materials.



Vol XIII

(2)So You Want to Make Shoes For a Living (38 mins.), Bruce Graham. A discussion of the technical research and development he's gone through to develop and market an affordable, hand made shoe.
(3) Living History, Hand Shoemaking in Ecuador (15 min.), Dan Freeman. A review and critique of a fascinating tape of an Ecuadorian shoemaker who creates beautiful shoes with only a few simple (primitive) tools.

(1) This Old Shoe (22 mins.), Donna Albergotti. Following a spirited how-to orientation, Donna, separates the cordwainers into work groups for a hands-on workshop. Using paper, pencils and white cotton gloves, they examine identify and draw various mid to late 18th c. Shoes and fragments.

 

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Vol XVI

(1) Tour of the Walrus Shoe Factory, Larry Waller (30 min.) An enthusiastic complete tour of the factory where Larry manufactures replica historical shoes for museum personnel and re-enactors. He demonstrates his extensive collection of antique and modern shoe machines.

(2) Experiences of a London Shoe Maker, Peter Schweiger (28 min.) Peter spins riveting yarns from “Ol’ Blighty”, interesting and bizarre customers and the unusual requests he’s encountered in the many years of his London shop.

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Vol XXIX

(1) How to do Hand Sharpening of your tools, Dick Anderson (16 min.)

(2) Bootmaking as a Business, Lisa Sorrell (39 min.) Lisa is a custom cowboy bootmaker from Guthrie, Oklahoma. She opened her successful boot shop in 1966. She recently won the Master Bootmaker Division at the Boot and Saddlemakers roundup in Wichita Falls. In this video, she discusses the challenges of developing a successful business building boots.

Vol XXXII

Quest for Shoes, Georgene McKim (1:14 mins) Georgene traces her four year journey to becoming a shoemaker. Benefit from the tips and tricks she learned along the way, plus the insights she gained during her unexpected new career as a worldwide dealer in vintage shoe lasts, shoe patterns, and hard-to-find shoemaking materials.

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Pattern Making

Vol XII

(2)Critique of Simple Shoemaking Techniques (29 min), Sharon Raymond, lecturer and shoemaker, Shutesbury, MA. Sharon discusses her craft of using a molded foil technique for creating a pattern for constructing custom simple stitch-down shoes.

(1)The Ubiquitous Shoe Last: A Look at Lasts Old & New (42 min.), Al Saguto, Master Shoemaker, Colonial Williamsburg, and Dan Freeman, custom shoe/boot maker. Using an extensive collection of lasts, Al discusses the history of the last from Ancient times to the present. Dan discusses the utilitarian functions of the last.


Vol XIX

Practical Pattern Making, (80 mins.) Frank Jones, Director-Noble Footwear, Lancashire, Great Britain. Using a technique of wrapping the last with masking tape, Frank creates a last draft and completes the patterns for a ladies pump. A great hands-on, how to demonstration.

Vol XXII

Patterning Uppers (42 MIN.) Dan Freeman, Master Shoemaker. Using lasts and pattern paper, Dan outlines his techniques for creating patterns, including how he “springs” the toe so it conforms to the curved bottom of the last. Another great hands-on video.


Vol XXIII

(1) New Solutions for Simple shoemaking (35 min.) Sharon Raymond, Shoemaker. Sharon has written a book and given a previous presentation to the Cordwainers about her technique of patterning and constructing outstitched shoes. She discusses how her career and techniques have evolved since the book and the presentation.

(2) Making Fashion Shoes (12 min.) Ellen Hess, Shoemaker. Ellen first learned the craft of simple shoemaking from Sharon. Her interest piqued, she determined to make shoes on a last. This led her to a shoemaking course at FIT where they featured the art of fashion shoemaking. Ellen discusses the techniques she has learned and displays her work.


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Vol XXXI

(2) Creating a Meanform by Rubber Cementing Canvas to a Last - Sharlot Battin (25 min.) Sharlot is a theatrical footwear shoemaker and teacher. Professor Battin has been teaching classes at F.I.T. for over twenty years and has developed most of the footwear courses for the Accessories Design Department. In this video She demonstrates her unique method for creating a meanform with rubber cement and canvas.

(1) Lasting a One-Piece Upper - Dan Freeman (8 min.) The president of the hcc discusses his technique for lasting a shoe with a one-piece upper.

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Vol XXXVIII

1. Creating a Meanform by Rubber Cementing Canvas to a Last (54 min.) Sharlot Battin. Duplicating her presetation in Vol XXXI, Sharlot goes into even more detail regarding this techniqe and presents new ideas she has learned since then. She also discusses last nomenclature

2. Shoes For Shows (27:00) Using a power point presentation of slides, Sharlot shows us the shoes she has created for the casts of Broadway shows.

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Lasts and Orthotics

Vol XII

(1)The Ubiquitous Shoe Last: A Look at Lasts Old & New (42 min.), Al Saguto, Master Shoemaker, Colonial Williamsburg, and Dan Freeman, custom shoe/boot maker. Using an extensive collection of lasts, Al discusses the history of the last from Ancient times to the present. Dan discusses the utilitarian functions of the last.

(2)Critique of Simple Shoemaking Techniques (29 min), Sharon Raymond, lecturer and shoemaker, Shutesbury, MA. Sharon discusses her craft of using a molded foil technique for creating a pattern for constructing custom simple stitch-down shoes.

 

Vol XX

Making Orthotics, Dick Anderson, Wisconsin bootmaker. Using the tools of his trade, Dick takes foot impressions and completes a pair of orthotics for one of the cordwainers.
Includes a discussion of foot disorders and tricks of the trade.

Vol XXVIII

(1) Custom Lastmaking by the STS Sock Method (45 mins.) Glen Leasure. Using a fellow Cordwainer’s foot as a model, Glen demonstrates his techniques for creating
a custom plaster last by taking a mold of the foot.

(2) Walking in Big Ben’s Shoes: Reproducing a mid-19th Century
Slave’s Shoes (46 mins.) Paul Lurk. Big Ben, a slave, was a huge man with extremely large feet. Paul tells Ben's story and examines one of Ben’s large shoes from a museum, then sets about creating a last for the shoe.

Vol XXXIII

1. CAD Pattern Making (40:00) Rick Roman - A shoemaker from Eugene, OR demonstrates a program that he developed and shares for making computer assisted shoe patterns.

2. From Manufacturing to Teaching the Trade (39:00) Frank Jones dicusses his evolution from working in shoe factories to teaching the shoemaking trade.

 

Vol 43

1. Casting the Foot For Making a Shoe Last (42 mins.) Dick Anderson. Dick is the owner/bootmaker of Thornapple River Boots, Ladysmith, Wis. In this demonstration he builds a last by casting the foot of one of the cordwainers.

2. Selecting and Fitting Lasts (48 mins.) Lisa Sorrell. Lisa is the owner/bootmaker of Sorrell Custom Boots, Guthrie, OK. In this demonstration, she details techniques for selecting and fitting custom lasts for her customers.

3. Finishing Shoes (40 mins.) Marcell Mrsan. Marcell is a master shoemaker in Hungary. In this PPT presentation, he discusses his techniques for shaping and finishing heels, soles, and the complete shoe.

4. Brains to Boots (30 mins.) Lynn Mcnabb. Lynn is a custom bootmaker in Ontario and has been having difficulty finding satisfactory leather for her trade so she began tanning her own hides. In this practical demonstration, she actually tans the hide of a raccoon that she found as road kill near the sight of the hcc's annual meeting, using the animal's brains as the tanning material.

 

Vol 44

Making Orthopedic Shoes Fit Mind and Body, Carina Eneroth (25 mins.) See description and purchase method above under Shoemaking History/Archaeological Subjects Carina

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Shoemaking Techniques and Practical Demonstrations

Vol VII

Making a 19th Century Peg Shoe (70 mins.) Peter Oakley. A hands on, how to, workshop (practically a seminar) on making this style of shoe so popular in the 1800s. Using shoes in various stages of completion, Peter shows the way, from attaching the insole to the last through burnishing and finishing the bottom. He uses and discusses the tools, the thread, the materials and, of course, the pegs. Depending on how much knowledge you bring to this video, you could conceivabley make you own peg shoes after watching it. A must have for the craftsman’s video library.

Vol X

(1) Double Channel English-Style Top Boots (49 mins.), Kenneth Treese. The construction of a pair of reproduction top boots from patterning to polishing.

(2) 18th c. Footwear, Shoemaking Tools, & Devices (35 mins.), Al Saguto. Master Shoemaker, Colonial Williamsburg, presents a slide presentation highlighting and describing the various tools and devices gathered from Colonial Williamsburg, private and international collections. The slides will photo-illustrate his forthcoming book, The Art of the Cordwainer by M. DeGarsault.
(3) Cordwainer's Shoe Collection(24 mins.), Al Saguto examines each pair of
historical shoes in the Cordwainers’ Shoe Collection in chronological order, from the late 1770s through to the early 20th century. He displays and describes the details and construction technique of each piece.

 

XIV

Crimping the Full Wellington Boot (60 Mins.) D. W. Frommer. In this amazing presentation, D. W. performs a step-by-step demonstration of how he crimps a full (one piece front) Wellington boots by hand, doing the seemingly impossible with just wet leather, crimping boards, clamps, a hammer, tacks, and a few hand tools.

Vol XV

(1) Waxed Ends Using Inexpensive Nylon Line for a Bristle and Dacron Polyester Thread, D. W. Frommer (12 min.) An amazing hands-on demonstration using these unusual items to perform the same functions as an expensive hog’s bristle and linen thread.

(2) The Smallest Shoes from the Museums of Europe, Alzbeta Kolcunova (38 min.) A university paper delivered in the Czech Republic that examines children’s shoes from the Medieval period through the 20th century. Includes an interesting formula for calculating the height of the children that wore those shoes.

Vol XVII

Making Classic 60s Style Sandals, (60 Mins.) John Bailey, Master Leather Craftsman.
John learned the trade in 1970s Boston, when there was literally a sandal maker on every street corner of all the major cities. In this presentation he designs and completes, step by step, a molded sole, Rilleau sling sandal, one of the most popular styles of the era. He includes a generous sprinkling of anecdotes from those glorious days of the beatnik/hippie sandal makers.

Vol XVIII

Boot Inseaming, (54 Mins.)Jake Dobbins, Arkansas Boot Maker. Jake learned the trade from D. W. Frommer. In this presentation he demonstrates the art of inseaming the welt of a western boot as taught by D. W.


Vol XXIV

Hand Sewing an Outsole, (60 Mins.) Jake Dobbins, Arkansas Boot Maker. Jake demonstrates the art of hand sewing an outsole, virtually duplicating the work of a curved needle stitcher. He discusses cutting the groove in the sole, punching the holes through the welt and sole, and finally, attaching the bristle to the thread and sewing with it.

Vol XXVI

Making an Awl Blade (60 Mins.) Dick demonstrates the art of creating a curved awl blade from cutting a length of raw steel through the finishing, polishing and attachment of the handle. All of Dicks tools, works of art, are coveted by working cordwainers.

Vol XXVII

(1) Hoisting (45 Mins.) Dan Freeman. Dan demonstrates his technique of lasting using thehoisting method by lasting a pump and a boot.

(2) Archaeological Shoes from the Colonial Williamsburg and Old Philadelphia - Val Povinelli
Val presents the paper he is working on as his Journeyman project for Colonial Williamsburg. The detailed report includes the percentage of the shoes that were stitched, pegged, etc. down to counting the stitches per inchattained by those Colonial shoemakers.

Vol XXIX

(1) How to do Hand Sharpening of your tools, Dick Anderson (16 min.) Dick is the owner of Thornapple River Boots, and makes the finest quality boot and shoe tools. In this video he demonstrates a simple technique for sharpening tools on a spinning paper disk.

(2) Bootmaking as a Business, Lisa Sorrell (39 min.) Lisa is a custom cowboy bootmaker from Guthrie, Oklahoma. She opened her successful boot shop in 1966. She recently won the Master Bootmaker Division at the Boot and Saddlemakers roundup in Wichita Falls. In this video, she discusses the challenges of developing a successful business building boots.

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Vol XXX

Use Of Adhesives, David Ulan (55 min.) David is a certified pedorthist and a footwear instructor at Fashion Institute of Technology. He owns and operates The Cobbler & Cordwainer, LTD, established in 1977. His extensive resoling experience has caused David to work with and understand varied cement processes. In this presentation, he shares his knowledge of these techniques.

Vol XXXI

(1) Lasting a One-Piece Upper - Dan Freeman (8 min.) The president of the hcc discusses his technique for lasting a shoe with a one-piece upper.

(2) Creating a Meanform by Rubber Cementing Canvas to a Last - Sharlot Battin (25 min.) Sharlot is a theatrical footwear shoemaker and teacher. Professor Battin has been teaching classes at F.I.T. for over twenty years and has developed most of the footwear courses for the Accessories Design Department. In this video She demonstrates her unique method for creating a meanform with rubber cement and canvas.

Vol XXXV

1. Sneaky Tricks for Women's Shoes - Gerogene McKim (50:30) - A shoemaker specializing in women's shoes and boots, discusses tricks she has learned for creating her popular products.

2. Knife and Awl Sharpening - Dick Anderson (12:00) - A maker of fine hand tools from wisconsin demonstrates addtional techniques for tool sharpening and discusses with the cordwainers their specific needs.

3. English Shoemakers -Zoé Rios (5:20) Zoe grew up near Windsor, England and studied fashion design in London.  After moving to Central Texas, she began learning the art of traditional leatherwork from the master craftsmen at Uptmore Saddlery. Today, she is one of a small number of bespoke shoemakers, creating top-quality, handmade shoes and handbags. In this presentation she discusses her experiences on a study trip to her mother country, England, where she met with and interviewed shoemakers.

 

Vol XXXVI

1. Thread Preparation for Boot & Shoemaking (25:07) Nasser Vies, a Toronto, Canada shoe and bootmaker, demonstrates his techniques for waxing and twisting strands of thread to make various weights of thread for stitching shoes and boots.

2. Inlay Techniques (24:33) Lisa Sorrell, a custom cowboy bootmaker from Guthrie, Oklahoma, demonstrates her boot inlaying methods by creating an inlaid bookmark.

3. Pull-up holes for Boots (26:52) W. W. Frommer displays and discusses the tool he uses and shows us how he builds pull-up holes for his boots.

Vol XXXVII

Pegging 101 (1:06) Peter Oakley, shoemaker at Old Sturbridge Village, demonstrates his techniques and tricks for making a pegged shoe. Similar to his demonstration in Vol VII, Peter includes some new methods for this 19th century technique of shoemaking.

 

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Vol XXXIX

2. Taping a Last to obtain a Mean Form (13:00) & Making Hand Wax (7:00) Nasser Vies demonstrates how he tapes a last to extract its form. He also shows us how he makes hand sewing wax using pine pitch and cooking oil.

3. Patternmaking Tricks and Ideas (16:43) Dan Freeman digs into his trick bag and gives us some new ideas for patternmaking.

1. Where's My Hammer? (21:00) Marc Carlson discovered, while digging through old manuscripts and illustrations of shoemakers at work, that there were no hammers mentioned or shown. In this presentation, he probes the reasons for this oddity with the use of power point slides.

Brains to Boots (30 mins.) Lynn Mcnabb. Lynn is a custom bootmaker in Ontario and has been having difficulty finding satisfactory leather for her trade so she began tanning her own hides. In this practical demonstration, she actually tans the hide of a raccoon that she found as road kill near the sight of the hcc's annual meeting, using the animal's brains as the tanning material. See Vol 43 above Brains Boots

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