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Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe

Crafting functional, durable and attractive footwear with your own hands is a deeply satisfying (and sole-ful!) task. We will begin by making a casting of your foot (they will truly be custom built) then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, butt stitching and assembly. Once the upper and sole are attached we move on to turning and hammering, closure and finishing and finally gooping the soles. We will cover a wide assortment of leather working techniques and tools, and after learning a few simple methods and skills, you’ll be ready to let your imagination run wild on your next pair of shoes. This pair of shoes could easily last you for the rest of your life if well taken care of!

This style of shoe is suitable for everyday wear. Comfortable, durable, and easily cared-for, these shoes are constructed of 8-9 oz American bison uppers and heavy oil tanned latigo soles, coated with a ground truck tire dust-barge cement mixture. When the rubber coating wears down, you can simply paint more on. Instructor Jason Hovatter has been making shoes for years, and lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon.


Sat, Jan 28, 2017 - Tue, Jan 31, 2017 Nearly Full
(Early bird tuition deadline: 12/17/16)

Course Details

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$450.00 per student (Regular rate)
$430.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

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All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

Jason Hovatter Jason Hovatter

As far back as he can remember, Jason has been wondering how things worked before our modern age of convenience and forgetfulness. As he traveled the country via foot and train hopping, he learned various leatherworking skills and apprenticed with a master shoemaker in southern Oregon. He now runs his own custom shoemaking business, traveling to medieval re-enactments across the Western US, and teaching both period and modern styles and leaving a growing army of cobblers and cordwainers in his wake.

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Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe

Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe

Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe