A load of cobblers

Akrotiri

DARWIN, Australia

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Top Ten – Finding the Unusual in the Usual – Spanner in the works Challenge – 01Nov2011
Top Ten – Made of Wood not a tree Challenge – Quality Art & Photography Group – 04Nov2011

Shoemaking is an ancient and honorable profession. Actually “cobblers” repair shoes and during the 1700’s Shoemakers or Cordwainers as they were known were the early craftsmen.
These wooden “feet” are carved from hardwood into particular sizes and widths and are called lasts
The Shoemaker selects a last then stretches and beats the soaked leather upper around the last before prodding, spiking and sewing the upper and sole together with hand held tools. When the leather has dried and shrunk to size and shape, the last is pulled from inside the shoe and you are ready to try them on. In 1833, the industrial revolution brought machinery that could mechanically peg and sew shoes together. The art of shoe making was then on the decline.

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