With Jason Hovatter
Date: August 2 – 5, 2018
Skill Level: All
Class Fee: $575.00
The design of this shoe is based on a 10th century Scandinavian shoe, often referred to by reenactors as a “jorvik” shoe. Turn shoes are those that are sewn together while inside out, then turned right side out for finishing and wearing. In this class, students will begin by making a casting of your own feet (the shoes will truly be custom built), then will move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, butt stitching and assembly. Once the upper and sole are attached, you will then move onto turning and hammering, closure and finishing, and finally gooping the soles. A wide variety of leather working techniques and tool use will be covered in the class. Once you understand how to attach the upper to the sole in this, your first pair of hand-made shoes, you will be free to let your imagination run wild on your next pair! You will be able to take home a pair of fitted-to-you, durable, comfortable and handsome hand-made shoes.
Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): all included in class fee
Jason Hovatter is a professional craft shoe maker from Portland, Oregon. He has been making shoes, and teaching the making of shoes for 15 years, and has never made a pair of shoes on a last! You can find out more about Jason, his philosophy of teaching, and hear from his students on this video.