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16th Century Pantofles – The Right Way

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Some of you may have gone through the Lesson 2 Writeup on a set of 16th century pantofles, but I’m pleased now to be able to give you a far better reconstruction, based on period examples and historical practice. This was a special project for Miss Kit, and I’m delighted to be able to give you some details on the construction process. Many of the techniques were similar to those in Lesson 2, so I ought not to completely decry that older knowledge, but this new piece looks so much more like the period examples.

What I thought worked particularly well were the slashed “ridges” on the upper of the pantofles. These are very similar to some extant pieces off of which I modeled this new pair.

Dickens Fair Delay

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Bit of radio silence, as every weekend from early November to late October was filled with all manner of busy-ness. Not only did a set of my friends get married in New Orleans, but I was asked to take on the role of Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg at the Dickens Fair, held in South San Francisco for the five weekends prior to Christmas, including the Thanksgiving weekend. Needless to say, a lot of busy work to be done, but what might surprise you is the lone opportunity that I had to use my shoemaking skills was to repair a tear in a pair of leather riding breeches that I was able to purchase online. I’ve never been quite so happy to know how to round close leather, as it made the tear (which looked more like a cut, to be honest) practically invisible. But, now that Dickens is done, I’ve got a new project on the bench, and I hope the writeup will wow you when you read it…stay tuned. In the meantime, a shot of me and Queen Victoria, courtesy of Philip Pavliger, just to prove that I’m not making it all up!

Europe Part II: 18th Century Ball at the Palace of Versailles

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

You people. You PEOPLE! I know that this happened months ago, but I am only now getting around to writing about it. I wish I could say that the delay was because it was so absolutely magnificent (which it was), but in truth, I simply haven’t had a moment to dedicate to writing about this most excellent of events. As fortune turns out, the lovely and sublime Sarah Lorraine, featured in the picture below (and a total heartbreaker, as you can see) has written up an excellent post on the topic, and I highly recommend you visit her site, as well as watch the video of Jason Schwartzman hosting Cribs at Versailles.

This has been a fantasy of ours for quite some time, though the Palace of Versailles does not normally allow costumed guests on their premises. Here, everyone was required to dress the part, and what a spectacle we made of it.

14th C. Hinged Pattens

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Pattens often had some kind of decoration or slashing on the straps and vamp closure. I’m delighted with the texture and flair that they give to otherwise utilitarian piece of footwear. The decorative oxide nails also are a nice touch, and contrast well with the light colored maple and vegetable tanned leather. I hope that Lisa will enjoy!