Megan has been making shoes and sandals for a couple years and exploring new designs. These are her leaf sandals with nature-derived dyes. Below them is one of her first pairs of LOTRs.
"I started making shoes a few years ago after taking a Scandinavian turn shoe class. I love handmade items that last forever and get mended and go on and on and get better with age. After the class I started experimenting, and I got a strong urge to make sandals. I looked for sandal makers all over North America and asked them for guidance. I got some leads from one, what book to get and what kind of leather to use; many didn't even respond. Then I found Davy and all of a sudden I had a long distance mentor and a tutorial! I recently finished my first pair of LOTRs and I don't want to take them off. Usually I am happy to come home and take off my shoes, but these are so comfortable! I have since made a pair for a friend and I have another order that will be in exchange for a paper-making class. The process of mastering these is ongoing, and I feel like I could learn something new with each pair I make."
Stuart is a newcomer to the world of leatherworking and with a few projects finished he is looking ahead to more sandals for friends and unsuspecting family members. As a shop teacher he tries to use the wood and metalworking tools he is familiar with to create new ways of working with leather.
Max Jones of Honey Bird Leathercraft
Photos of Max’s work to follow...