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

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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7 Responses to “No, I’m not a very good shoemaker … yet”

  1. firefly67 says:

    Beautiful! Great work, Candi.

    Meanwhile, I’m sewing round my first welted shoe since returning from Budapest. It won’t look as good as the ones I made there, and I don’t have the right needles or thread as yet, but it’s still a welt, and I’m doing it more or less correctly!!

    (from another exhausted student!)

  2. Rosemary says:

    As a self taught shoemaker wannabe, I can really see the progress a good class can give one. You have great creativity and I wish I had found your blog earlier. I want to see more of your work so I hope you continue your blog. I know how hard it is to “get around to it” but I hope you can squeeze it in.

  3. jimyshoe says:

    Great to see a new shoemaker on the block. Good job!
    Good luck with your learning and be persistent
    Best, jimmyshoe

  4. candi says:

    Thanks, I appreciate the encouragement. . .No worries, persistence I have. :)

  5. jon says:

    The term “Cobbler” is incorrect, the term you are looking for is Cordwainer. A cobbler repairs shoes and traditionally was not allowed to use new leather to do so. A Cordwainer is someone who makes shoes, not fixes them.

  6. candi says:

    Yes, you are correct. Cordwainer is the appropriate terminology. However, when I first started my journey I did not know the term “Cornwainer” and Candicobbler is fucking cute!!!

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