Well, I went to Chicago! Yep, 5 days in Chicago making shoes. It was incredibly awesome. I had a cool apartment that was a mile walk to the shoe school. Luckily, I found out that Chicago is incredibly flat and the walk was lovely. The other student was a wonderful lady from Detroit named Molly. Molly and I had a great time together and with Sara, the teacher. We went on a field trip one morning to downtown to visit a shoe repair supply store. Talk about shoe makers heaven!
Here are the pictures:
But we are making TWO shoes:
Time to cut soles:
Now before I move on to the new and exciting machines I got to play with, here are some pictures of the neighborhood where I stayed:
Before we move on to MACHINES, I want to show you the glue cabinet! This puppy has a light and an exhaust fan to ameliorate the toluene in the glue. Really need to have one of these made for myself!
Okay, one of the main reasons that I went back to Chicago was to learn how to make soles and finish the shoes. Molly and I got to break in the new “Finishing” room at the school! We sawed, we sanded and we practiced to our heart’s desired. I was in heaven!
For reasons I cannot remember, I only have one sawing picture and several sanding pictures. I think I was still in awe that we were using these machines.
Next up, we sanded:
Molly also got her time on the MACHINES and I did get a picture of her working hard:
At the end of the day, or in this case, 3 days, we had shoes! Mine are the brown ones and Molly made darling purple and red shoes.
Except for the flying part, this trip was fabulous! I learned a truckload about shoemaking, I had a blast with Molly and Sara and I came to really like Chicago!
Well, I am currently on a holiday for a few days, so check back to hear about that!
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