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The ShoeSchool Website is an Informational Resource, that is Continually Growing.

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Shoe Last Library Publications - Sampler - Order Forms

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Shoe Last Library - Catalog for Ordering Shoe Lasts

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Knife Sharpening & Honing Tutorial

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Knife Sharpening & Honing Tutorial

Always having a Sharp Knife is an ESSENTIAL element of any leather crafting project, for cutting or skiving.

This Tutorial will show you how hold the knife at the proper angles and how to move it across the ceramic stone to maximize the sharpness.

Easy to follow step-by-step photos showing the position of your hands and the motion to use for sharpening & honing.

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Skiving Leather by Hand - Tutorial

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Skiving Leather by Hand

Skiving is the Cutting or Slicing Off the edge of a piece of leather to reduce the thickness for turning the edge or when you are joining two pieces together and you want the seam to be smooth.

Having a Sharp Knife is the ESSENTIAL element of skiving leather.

 

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Skiving Machine Adjustments

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Skiving Machine Adjustments and Controls

There are several different brand names of leather skiving machines. They are all very similar in the way they are adjusted and controlled.

This tutorial identifies each part of the machine and is a companion to the Skiver Adjustment Video on the ShoeSchool Channel on YouTube.

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Hand Stitching Tutorial and Patterns for Projects

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Hand Stitching Tutorial and Patterns for Projects

This tutorial will show you how to make 4 different basic stitches by hand. They can be used as decorative elements as well as for constructing your item.

This is where we begin during our hands-on workshops. Learning to sew by hand is a very important skill to develop whether you are making shoes, boots, bags or accessories.

Included are several different patterns for basic items to get started.

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Creating Heel Wedges & Platforms

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Creating Heel Wedges and Platforms

It is important to be able to make your own heel wedges & platforms for certain shoe styles. They will fit the heel height of your shoe lasts correctly. Pre-made wedges and heels are not commonly available.

The wedge platforms can be left plain or wrapped with the fabric or leather of your choice to create unusual one-of-a-kind styles.

These wedge platforms are made by cementing build up materials together and then sanding them to the desired shapes.

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Lasting Jack Stand - Sitting or Standing

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Lasting Jack Stand - Build Your Own

A Lasting Jack is another one of those important tools for ease and convenience when lasting and working on the bottom of shoes/boots.

Some people prefer to sit, others would rather stand to do this work, its a matter of personal preference.

These plans show you how to construct your own Lasting Jack for standing. To make one for sitting simply make the pieces shorter.

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Shoe Last Storage Rack ..... Get Organized !

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Shoe Last Storage Rack - Build Your Own

Organizing and managing your shoe last collections in size runs and widths can be quite a chore once you have several different sets.

This rolling storage rack can easily hold about 40 pairs of lasts for convenient access and storage.

You can take this parts list to your local lumber yard and pay them a few extra dollars to make all the cuts for you. Then take the pre-cut pieces home and assemble them, put the casters on the bottom and your done. Get Organized!

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Foot Stander - Fitting Workstation ..... Portable

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Foot Stander - Fitting Workstation

When taking a fitting or measuring the feet of a client, it helps to have them sitting on a platform that allows the Craftsman to control the situation and work comfortably, while sitting on a stool.

This fitting workstation is designed to fold into its own shell for maximum portability. Easy to store when not in use and convenient to set up in your shop or at a retail venue or trade show.

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Hydraulic Cutting Press - Build Your Own

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Hydraulic Cutting Press

You can modify a standard Hydraulic Arbor Press from most any automotive supply or tool supply catalog, and turn it into a Clicker Press for cutting with Steel Rule Dies.

A standard Arbor Press uses a simple hydraulic car jack for steady pressure to the top and bottom beams. It is a simple modification to have two steel plates welded to the cross beams of the arbor press to create a larger working surface.

Perfect entry level cutting machine for the Craftsman with a small space and a limited budget. This machine will make it easy to cut leather soles, insoles, uppers....

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Pilgrim Heel Press - Top Lift - Dowel Pin Puller

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Pilgrim Heel Press & Top Lift Puller

An essential machine for attaching women's high heels is a Heel Wheel or a Heel Press.

It is very important to carefully squeeze the attaching nails into the heel block to prevent cracking.

This small press does an amazing job of attaching all different types and sizes of heels. It was designed and built by Pilgrim Shoe Machine in Boston. They are no longer being made, however they do come up for sale occasionally.

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Check Out the ShoeSchool Channel on YouTube for Educational, and Entertaining videos produced by ShoeSchool.

We also feature other interesting videos related to hand crafting footwear around the world, and featured works of other artists...

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