A while back I got a most appreciated tip about some shoemaking tools at an antique store. I bought one that day for I wasn’t sure how to use them. Fortunately at Footwear Symposium I saw a finishing demonstration by Marcell Mrsan where I learned to use the burnishers. I went back to the antique store a few days ago and bought seven more, pictured in the first shot. I posted to Shoemaking Forum and they all said “buy them all”. I went back today and bought this second set. I wish I could buy them all! I did meet the seller of these tools today. She was a harness maker in Upstate New York and bought these tools in the ’80s. Most of these tools were quite old at that time.
I was so fortunate to attend Footwear Symposium in Savannah, my first time to Savannah. The Symposium was fabulous, so much new information to unpack. What a pleasure to meet my amazing fellows, my tribe, my new family.
I received a “shout out” from the awards committee! The competition was steep. Such accomplished cordwainers. The winners were Melody Chia – Best Women’s, Best in Show and People’s Choice, Sarah Guerin – Best Men’s, and Michelle Quick – Most Innovative.
There were attendees from Australia and Ecuador. Of course shoemakers from all over the US including Alaska. I was impressed by the attendance of so many master boot makers from Out West. Such a treat to meet them.
I’m excited to put together another trip to San Miguel de Allende and León, Guanajuato, Mexico. The Zona Piel (leather district) in León is a center for shoemaking and a terrific source for supplies and materials at a fraction of the US costs. San Miguel de Allende was named top city in the world for the second time in a row this year by Travel and Leisure.