Dates27/10/2018 - 31/10/2018
- (Cost per term)
- September 2018 – January 2019
- January 2019 – April 2019
- April 2019 – July 2019
- Time: 6pm – 9pm, 10 week terms Monday or Wednesday
- Email to go on waiting list
A shoe making course where you can learn traditional, hand welted shoe making at your own pace, under the careful guidance of master shoemakers James Ducker and Deborah Carré.
The shoe making evening courses are for beginners and take place on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9pm, in 10-week terms. There is a waiting list for places so, if you are interested, please email us to let us know which evening you would prefer. (In our experience, students usually take three terms to complete a pair of shoes).
At the start of the shoe making course you will be given a set of comprehensive course notes and a pack of shoe making materials – lasts to work on in your chosen size (the forms the shoes are made on); leather uppers (you will have chosen either black or dark brown); and “rough stuff” leather for the soles etc.
In the following weeks and months, we will guide you through the 200+ steps in the shoe making process – lasting, welting, stitching on a sole, building leather heels and then finishing the shoes, all by hand. You will work with specialist hand shoe making tools – from the shoe making knife (you best friend or worst enemy depending on how sharp it is), sleeking bone and lasting pliers to sewing awls, irons and a French pattern hammer – and traditional shoe making materials – oak bark tanned leather, tar, thread wax and hemp thread.
At the end, you will proudly walk away with a pair of shoes that you have made yourself!