Posts Tagged ‘15th C’

Caldarium Turn-Shoe Workshop

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Matt L. and I ended up spending a weekend up in Marin helping seven people put together some turn shoes, and I have to say that I’m very pleased with the results. Every one of them worked hard with bristle and thread to come up with a pair of handmade shoes all their own. As always, there were a few things that did not work quite so well, and if I don’t mention those, we will make the same mistakes!

- The black dye can go on just fine with a few coats. We don’t need to blacken the lasts, our fingers, and everything else by overdoing it!
- We need to be very careful when tapping the inseam flat. Otherwise, you might hurt the upper leather and damage it.
- Always leave more heel than you think you need! The last thing you want is a heel that is too short.
- We were able to work the leather wet without any ill effects – this is useful when you’re trying to make a pair of shoes in a single weekend!

15th-16th C. Lectern / Music Stand

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I just posted a new project writeup on a 15th-16th C. Lectern / Music Stand. This lectern was completed in March of 2008, also in an attempt to take over the world; sadly, the attempt was only partially successful. =) Enjoy!

15th C. Long Benches

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

I just posted some information on some 15th C. Long Benches. These benches were completed in April of 2008 in an attempt to take over the world; sadly, the attempt was only partially successful. =) Enjoy!

15th C. Turn Welt Shoes for Sarah

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011


These are a pair of turn-welt shoes that I made for the very lovely Sarah Goodman =) They’re standard turn shoes, and like many turn shoes, there is a rand (a thin strip of leather) between the upper and the sole. However, in this case, the rand is not trimmed off after turning – instead, another sole is stitched onto it to make the sole more resistant to wear. Additionally, I can simply re-sole the shoes without any turning if the soles wear down. I want to make all my later medieval shoes like this!