Tools of the Trade
A discussion of cordwainers’ tools. And the first shall be “last”. This is a wooden foot-shaped form used to stretch and shape the leather. Most shoemakers had a collection of lasts in various general sizes. Of course, the shoemaker would have custom-fitted lasts for their special customers. When the master craftsmen formed their companies, they would maintain collections of lasts.
The making of lasts became a specialty as did other tasks in the shop. Patterns were necessary for cutting the leather. Some of the workers specialized in pattern-making. Others became cutters, also known as clickers, who cut the leather to the pattern shape. There were closers who sewed the upper part of the shoe together. After the closer finished the upper portion, the maker would attach the sole. Finally, the finishers would line the shoes and dye and polish the finished product.
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