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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