I think it was in March that I started revising my “Simple Shoemaking Handbook”, and thought I would complete it by, at the latest, July…now it’s cold outside (well, not where I am, a vacation in the Azores was perfectly-timed with the book’s completion.) Along the way I learned new processes, materials and tools, so I am pleased with the outcome, while not pleased with the delays.. I also had some feedback that the original book was confusing with terms like “nomoc” and “fomoc”, so I eliminated these processes and will put them into a separate small book.
There are directions for making three styles of shoes in the book – the center-seam flat, a one-piece flat, and the derby. They each have many variations, so I believe that once you’ve made these three styles of shoes you will have the knowledge you need to make an amazing range of footwear.
And each shoe is made by a different process: the center-seam is a “stitch-in” shoe made with a leather/rubber sole, the one-piece is a stitch-in with an all-leather sole and a variation with a flexible sole. And, the derby is a “stitch-down” made with a leather/rubber sole. Once you’ve sampled both processes you can use the one that works best for the project you’re working on.
One of the new processes that is included in the book is a process for cementing – instead of stitching – a bottom sole to a shoe. In the past I have recommended that bottom soles be stitched on, to eliminate the use of toxic shoe cements. But, I have recently learned after watching a video on Lisa Sorrell’s site – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWqrAleYqL4 that there’s a method for cementing on some types of soling using the same nontoxic cement – Aqualim 315 – from Springfield Leather. Great news!
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