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« on: September 05, 2009 06:59:22 PM »

I'm a newbee and not yet allowed to post pictures, so you'll have to follow the links.  I made a pair of 10th century shoes at a two weekend workshop.  The technique for making them used my foot as the last.  If you have any kind of toe issues at all, I wouldn't recommend the technique.  The class was fun and I learned a lot.  Here's a link to the result http://norisstuff.com/?p=322.

I have made a pattern and a mockup and I'm pretty pleased with the result.  I made one adjustment after the mockup was complete (where the pin is) http://norisstuff.com/?p=358.  I'll try and post more as I work through the process.  I have the tools and leather I need but I still need barge cement and lasts that match my feet.  I'm working on plaster of paris lasts and will order barge cement shortly, if I haven't already (flakey memory).


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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2009 06:48:22 AM »

That's fantastic!

One note of warning, which may be redundant but just in case it isn't - Barge cement is extremely toxic and care should be taken not to get it on your skin and you MUST have plenty of ventilation when you use it (preferably outside) or use an expensive respirator with the appropriate cartridges.


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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2009 02:34:55 PM »

It's a good warning for everyone.  I hope those intending to use barge cement pay attention.

The composite rubber soles on the 10th century shoes are a mix of barge cement, barge thinner and ground rubber.  Once the mix reaches a consistency of peanut butter it's painted onto the roughed up bottom of the shoes.  The nice bit is it can be renewed as necessary with little effort.

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