12 Mar 2012
The Chukka Boots have 2nd rands attached and trimmed, and heel lifts.
30 Jan 2012
The Chukka Boots have been lasted and toe puffs are in place, ready to be shaped with a rasp.
23 Jan 2012
Preparing the insoles for the Chukka Boots. I’m using insole shoulder from Warkov-Safeer for these, which is on the soft side and can use some of the stretch taken out of it.
22 Jan 2012
Preparation for lasting the Gibsons and the Chukka Boots.
18 Jan 2012
The uppers for the Chukka Boots are finished and here are some progress photos showing a few of the final steps.
17 Jan 2012
More progress on the uppers for the Chukka Boots, which should be finished later today.
15 Jan 2012
Here’s a few photos of the continuing progress on the making of the uppers for the Chukka Boots, from folding edges to sewing the backstay onto the quarters.
13 Jan 2012
Work on the uppers for the Chukka Boots continues with some clicking and skiving.
12 Jan 2012
A few progress photos of the making of the uppers for The Chukka Boots. Lining has been clicked, skived and the non-slip has been sewn in.
26 Jul 2011
Even though I only need to bump out the last by a few millimeters over the 4th toe on the right last, it takes a fairly large piece of leather in order to maintain the shape of the last.
I pre-skived the piece of leather before I glued it to the last, but there’s more skiving to be done…
… and rasping too.
It’s mostly there. I’ll leave it along for a day or so and work on it again with fresh eyes. It seems to work better that way.
21 Jul 2011
A couple of weeks ago I finally was able to schedule a test fitting for the Chukka Boots. After I met with the client, I left the test fitters with him to wear around the office a bit to make sure that the fit was good. I had no idea he would wear them outside and while driving his car! I am surprised that the cork soles didn’t complete crumble.
The lasts for these are a surprisingly good fit. Only a small addition to the top of the right last over the 4th toe will be needed.
The customer wanted the height of the boot to be a little lower, so the pattern has been altered slightly.
Old pattern on the left, and new pattern on the right.
Spot the differences.
16 May 2011
The test fitters for the Chukka boots are finished. Hopefully I can schedule a fitting this week and see what alterations to the lasts are needed.
The lasts for the Gibsons have been altered and are ready for insoles, but I still need to make some changes to the pattern and construct the uppers as well.