It’s shops like these that make you realize hard work is still relished. “These days, Book said, “You buy ‘em, you wear ‘em out, you throw them away” and purchase a new style. “We’re a throwaway society.” Boot and shoe makers rock.
Don’t you just love it when you order an awesome used book from AbeBooks for only $12? And don’t you just love it even more when you open up that book and find an autograph from one of the authors? Sweet.
Dan Flowers and his wife Jo own a leather repair shop in Gering, Nebraska that offers a program for students to learn the leather repair craft. They repair saddles, boots, or anything leather. This article struck me as special because the couple have the intention not only to teach people the craft but help others start their own shop. “Even if we can just help five families, that would mean a lot of to us.” It’s a great feeling to know that there are still people out there that believe in hard work and taking care of the customer.
Starting this week I’m introducing a new feature on CustomBootMakers.org. With cooperation from custom boot makers across the United States, I will be interviewing the makers profiling their backgrounds, experiences and work for everyone to enjoy. It’s a good way for the boot makers to market their name and show off their amazing craft.
Big Sky Montana’s, Schwarz Custom Boots, was featured today in The Republic out of Columbus, Indiana. “After that we had requests for classes,” Crane said. “There are not that many custom boot makers anymore. Western artisans have such a commitment to tradition. Boot making is dying out and we’re happy to pass it on. It’s never been a closed shop. It’s always been out in the open.”
Greetings custom boot makers! I created CustomBootMakers.org for all lovers of the craft of custom boot making. I want to personally invite all of the footwear craftsman around the world to submit any information to this site about their unique talent. Market yourself and keep the craft going! I hope you enjoy the site. Please let me know of any requests or suggestions. Thank you and welcome!