Archive for the ‘Other Projects’ Category

Lovely Little Viking Shoes, 9th-10th C.

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

I have been meaning to make a pair of viking shoes for the muse, the inspiration closest to my heart, Miss Sarah L. I also have the good fortune to present these in context, on the feet of the recipient as well! I dare say that they make the photo that much more compelling. In any event, these are out of Goubitz, 9th-10th C., from Vlaardingen. This type of decoration was very common on several examples, and there is a similar piece from Gdansk, Poland. This particular piece even had some remnant threads remaining in the leather.

The extant piece is actually a fragment, but with sufficient detail to render a model for us.

Medieval / Early Renaissance “Mary Jane”

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

A fun little pair, blue edge binding, turn-welt construction. The commission request from the lovely Miss K was one for a strapped shoe flexible for use in multiple centuries, but with a double-sole to help protect and insulate from rocks and whatnot. The results, as you can see, are pleasantly below.

18th Century Mens Shoes – a la Garsault

Friday, May 13th, 2016

In preparation for an amazing trip (of which you will hear more about soon), I worked up a new pair of 18th century shoes. Similar to the ones I worked up a while back, these ones were actually for me! The basic pattern was similar, but I must note that as it had been over two years since I worked on that past pair, I made some rather newbie-type mistakes. I must also preface it by saying that I visited several museums just weeks after finishing this pair, and as is always the case, one discovers so many things that were done incorrectly. Refer to the original source material in all things! In any event, they look decent enough, though I can’t wait to get my hands on a couple of weeks to make another pair for myself, an even better pair.

One thing about this piece is that I attempted it in a manner consistent with what is described in Garsault’s 1767 work, the Art of the Shoemaker, translated and annotated by the master cordwainer Al Saguto at Williamsburg (available here).


Viking Cocktail Chest – Yes, you read it correctly…

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

A while back, over cocktails, a friend of mine mentioned what neat idea it would be to have a Viking chest that looked, for all intents and purposes, like a normal 6 panel Viking chest, but would unfold and unlock to have a cocktail bar inside. I agreed, and we continued the conversation, not really giving it a second thought. A few months later, he again brought up the subject, and when my friend Kelly brings up something twice, he really means to do it. With a couple of precious slow hours at work, I came up with what I thought was a rather clever design. It sure looks like a normal viking chest, doesn’t it? More below the cut…