I have a good reason for not posting yesterday – I was busy making these bad boys…
I started by cutting size 9 patterns into a beautiful cut of tough-as-nails moosehide. Then I spent a nutty amount of time hand-punching 464 separate holes into said hide.
That part was Saturday and the heel of my right hand still aches from the press of the punch.
I cut toe tabs from 6/7-oz veg-tanned leather, then carved, tooled, hand-painted and stained them with autumn leaves before stitching them onto the moosehide in a sort of simulation of seed-beading (which I hope to learn in the coming months).
Stitched the moccasins together through two episodes of This American Life, testing different threads and needles to see what worked best. I ended up going with the same thick waxed cord I use for larger purses.
After that, I cut insoles from bridle leather and fitted them to the foot beds.
Put them on. Danced a jig.
I’m aiming to offer these as a custom order in the shop shortly. Since this was a trial run, it took a lot longer than it should have. Now that I know what I’m doing, I’ll have to bang out another pair to see what the price will be.
In the meantime, let me direct you to the most hilarious episode of The Debaters I’ve ever heard – Pie versus Cake. The contenders just kill me and if it were possible to marry a person’s laugh, I would propose to Steve Patterson’s in this episode. PS – Sorry Sean.
Let me also give you a suggestion for movie-watching if you’re a fan of Adam Scott (and if you’re not, I probably can’t respect your cinematic preferences anymore).
Proving that, in addition to many marvelous non-sibling roles, he is to the pair of dysfunctional brothers (see also this and this) what John Cusack is to the duped lover standing in the rain, Scott is amazing in The Vicious Kind.
I have minor beefs with different parts of this movie (ie: not sure how I feel about Brittany Snow/why is the younger brother such an empty non-character he might as well have been played by a hologram?), but overall you should NetFlix this one up. It’s dark, it’s funny, and your heart will swell with national cultural pride until you remember Adam Scott isn’t actually Canadian. What is it that makes him seem like such an awesome hoser?
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