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  1. I make turn shoes for mostly reenacting purposes. I have decided to up my game by doing some edge trim on a two-toggle Scandinavian turn shoe. The trim is skived to about half or 1/3 thickness on one side. The thicker side of the trim is first butt-seamed to the edge of the upper leather. Then it is turned over so the thinner skived side is inside the shoe and is then stitched to the inside of the leather upper with a sort of hidden whip stitch. These whip stitches do not show through the leather. I understand how to do the butt stitch, but I was wondering if there were any tricks or techniques or even special tools for this. I have some shallow curve bladed awls but have not used them for this purpose. (first image is a process photo by Simurlan. The images of completed shoes are made by Alexey Nikifovorov. )
  2. Hello all, I'm looking for some guidance here. I'm planning on making my first set of turnshoes and I'm having trouble finding what leather thickness to use. The more technical texts (Shoes and Pattens, Anglo-Scandinavian Leatherworking in York), talk about types of leather but not thicknesses. Tutorials online contradict each other - some say to use 5/6oz leather, at least one says that anything thicker than 4 oz will always split when you turn them. Given that the leather species used for uppers in medieval contexts was often calf, sheep, or goat, it seems like the leather would be quite thin - maybe2- 3 oz. But how on earth could you do a butt stitch or tunnel stitch on such thin leather(like for heel stiffeners and closing seams). So, for those of you in the know - what thickness have you used for uppers? Has anyone had any luck doing closing seams on really tin leather?
  3. I am relatively new to this forum, but had been lurking around for some time gathering information, tips, ideas, etc....Well I read an EXCELLENT tutorial that someone had posted, here it is http://paleoplanet69...ns#.UVmeVDff4nO and if definitely changed me!! I set about reading it over & over 20 to 30 times before I actually bought my first item and from there I started to get my thoughts & plans together and even after having purchased everything I need to attempt this.......I took a few days off and seriously thought about it. and why it's so important to me to make these. I mean, c'mon, it's just a pair of freekin leather slippers more or less.... My S.C.A.personea is of a Viking ( 794 A.D. ) by the name of Hrothgar Sonfiord. I also have a son 12, his name is Luki Sonfiord, and is coming along quit well with a blade. So here are a few pix of my progress as I made my first Turn Shoe....I plan to add some flourishments to these, or maybe leave them be and just make a new fancier pair. I'm just not sure, there is so much more I want to do to them. Iunno.....please leave comments & feedback, I'm a big boy and can handle criticism!!! Thank you, Robert
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