Forest Viridiana wrote: have been stuck on the issue of shoe soles. They usually cost double what it would take to buy a new pair of shoes or boots outright. I can’t afford that.
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SHOES & BOOTS 18 Old Books on CD Antiquarian Shoe Making Mending Book Collection
Collected together on this unique CD is a fine selection of 18 of the best antiquarian, old and vintage books on the history of footwear and how to make and mend boots and shoes.
These books were originally published between the mid 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. They cover the history of footwear and how the boot and shoes industry developed and became mechanised in UK, Europe and America and provides information on how to make and mend shoes and boots by hand and much, much more.
The books are written by some of the top industry experts and specialists of their day, including Frank L. West, Thomas Wright, F.Y. Golding, W.C Morgan and many others. Many of the volumes in the collection are illustrated with useful diagrams, drawing and photographs that help explain the text.
The Shoes and Boots Book Collection is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants to find out about the footwear industry and for home or school projects.
Here are the 18 titles and authors of the volumes you will find on the CD.
Book of the Feet. A History of Boots and Shoes. Joseph Sparkes Hall
Boot and Shoe Makers Assistant. A Treatise on Clicking + a History of Feet Costume. c.1853
Boot and Shoe Patterns. Designing, Cutting and Grading. J. Van Ness. 1899.
Boots and Shoes. Henderson & Co catalogue.
Expert Shoe Repairing. Learn at Home. J.M. Levinson, 1919.
The Finishers Manual. 1891.
Foot Care and Shoe Fitting. W.L. Mann and S.A. Folsom. 1920
How to Bottom a Welted Shoe by Hand. F.L. West. 1912.
How to Repair Shoes. F.L. West. 1912.
Kimball's Classified Measurements for Lasts. John Kimball. 1882.
Manufacture of Boots and Shoes. F.Y. Golding. 1902.
Retail Shoe Salesmanship, Training Course. G.F. Hamilton. 1920
The Romance of the Shoe. History of Shoemaking. Thomas Wright. 1922.
Shoe Factory Efficiency. John E. Kirwin. 1910.
Shoe Making Old and New (history of) Fred A. Gannon. 1911.
Shoes and Shoemaking (history of) W.C. Morgan. 1897.
Streeter Bros. Chicago. 1886 Spring Review of Shoes.
The Shoe Industry. Frederick J. Allen.
Each book comes as an Ebook (electronic book) in PDF format and has been professionally scanned from books that are no longer in copyright. These books are printable and are fully searchable so that you can enjoy the 100's of pages of original content on your computer today.
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The other way to do it, and is more refined, is to cut logs into square beams...8x8's, 6x6's, 4x4.s etc, and then crosscut them to 2-4 inches in thickness. Then place them end grain up nailing them to each other and the floor as you work across the room. This can be left natural as they did in the old factories, or sanded and sealed with polyurethane.