I was asked by a friend to make her a pair of booties and of course I did. Making things for friends is always more exiting and a bit scary than just making something for a total stranger. We met earlier on and I taped her foot so I would have a precise fit and set to work. She received them and , phew, they fit like a glove and she is very happy!

An other pair of barefoot booties going off to someplace in Norway

I found a supplier of elkhide, unfortunately not locally.yet..For now it will have to do. So bootmaking has commenced A while ago I made these but they were not satisfactory so they became the lining of these which also were not up to scratch and landed on the scrapheap but they led to these. Of which I have sold 2 pairs to date here locally in Norway so that is very nice. Back to the   Read More

Very exciting but also scarywill they fit??? Only time will tell

So my first two orders of leather shoes are in one pair of tall boots for my sweet friend Stephanie and not long after that a surprise order from the norwegian handmade market Epla. The leather I am working with is sublime thick soft elk leather. It is full of scars and blemishes from its wild outdoor life so the trick is to cut around the worst of them. But oh boy so buttery softthese   Read More

I have this terrible craving to buy shoes, luckily none of them are precisely rightbut the desire for new shoes is not to be denied so I decided to copy my fave shoes as they are no longer madesnifs I tore apart the boots I made earlier which just would not become precisely right. Not good enough to sell nor good enough for me to wear so on the scrapheap they go! For the outside   Read More

I have made boots, several pairs over time. None of them were perfect enough. Always there are niggling irritations over asymmetry and not quite the perfect fit. So they lay in by barn waiting to be re-done with my awesome machine. Today I tore apart my very fave ones and completely rebuilt them using all the things I have learnt over time. I think I am happy nowpity they are not a tiny bit tallerneed   Read More

My boots were annoyingly imperfect so I had thrown them in a corner. I know if I just go do something else a solution will come to me , as it did Because I can not pull them tight enough my feet keep slipping out the foot part, so while driving to the rubbish dump to get rid of a pile of mess suddenly it hit me. They needed a strap around the ankle. As   Read More

It was a good learning experience, I now know how to operate the machine fairly well. I know where to make adjustments for the next pair. Not saying that this pair will not get a good deal of use after a little adaptation here and there, but they are not quite perfect enough yet ;D

I love going around barefoot but it is not always possible, so one day I ran into a bootmaker online and at once was completely smitten. But since I always want to make everything myself and from then on I started learning how to.  After making a few sets of boots I threw in the towel as my regular sewing machine was just not cutting it. I dreamt of buying a real leather sewing machine.Well   Read More