Archive for June, 2011

Lesson #8: 1600s Heeled Shoes

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

I just posted a new Lesson on Late 16th / Early 17th C. Heels (Timber). This lesson is based upon the 1600s whitawed heels in the Ashmolean museum in Oxford.

Although the extant heels were the inspiration for this piece, there were a couple of departures that I took. I look forward to your comments, and hope that you enjoy!

Shoemaker’s Wax (Coad)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I just posted a new tutorial on Shoemaker’s Wax (Coad). Matt and I had gotten together to make some shoemaker’s wax, and I thought it might be interesting and informative to document the process.

Shoemaker’s wax is used to coat the stitching cords used in the construction process, and acts kind of like a glue. As the coated cords are pulled past each other, friction warms and melts the wax slightly. Then, when the stitch is pulled tight, the wax cools and hardens somewhat, locking the stitch in place.