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No, I’m not a very good shoemaker … yet

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I went to Budapest in March for an intensive shoemaking course with Marcell Mrsan, master shoemaker.  In that time I made two pairs of mens dress shoes.  The first one was a standard cemented construction and the second one I learned a new technique:  welt stitch construction.

Budapest was amazing; the course and the instructor were intense.  I bled, blistered, and bruised; I laughed, smiled, and yes, I also cried.  But most importantly, I took a giant leap forward in the pursuit of my dreams.

It takes me time to gain confidence and develop a comfort for new tools (especially really sharp knives and machinery of any sort), I rarely learn something well after only one or even a couple of examples – I learn best after I’ve made all the mistakes one could possibly make, I ask a lot of questions, and I’m really slow.  No, I’m not a very good shoemaker … yet.

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The birth of Candi Cobbler

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Hi! My name is Candi and I love shoes. . . .so much so that I decided I wanted to learn how to make them (for I rarely am able to find the “perfect” pair of shoes with all of the characteristics that I am looking for). I found an intense shoe-making workshop out near Seattle, WA and there started my journey in becoming a cobbler shoe-maker.

At that workshop, I learned how to make a pair of oxfords by hand. Seriously, all by hand. The only machine used in the process was a sander. We even did all of the stitching and cutting out of the materials by hand. Since then, I have been practicing and perfecting my craft. I have learned numerous valuable lessons from each pair of shoes that I have attempted to make. A good friend suggested I start a blog to document my progress, so here is where I would like to share my journey with whomever is interested. . . .

My progress has been slow, but I was prepared for that. Materials are hard to come by and the equipment is expensive. My objective is to eventually create a business and my own designer label from this but that will take time. Thanks to my amazingly talented uncle I do already have a logo though. This is my dream and I do not want to ruin it by jumping in too soon. Right now this is a hobby, a very expensive and time-consuming hobby. . .and I am loving every minute second of it.  :)

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