There is a very real shortage of good technical books on shoemaking technology. Most are quite old and often out of date or out of print. The problem is that the
market is very specialised and, therefore, quite small.
This makes it difficult to produce and publish books economically.
Noble Footwear currently sells four key publications, but plans to expand this list in the future.
The current portfolio includes: -
provides step-by-step patterns for footwear.
Pattern Cutting is essentially a practical subject and is hard to describe with words.
This book covers twelve basic footwear types in detail and has almost 500 practical illustrations in its 170 pages.Click here for more information and to purchase
The Concise Shoemaking Dictionary
is an illustrated glossary of shoemaking technology.
Like all technical subjects, shoemaking has it's own jargon.
Even just in the English language, however, the terminology used does vary.
This British publication also covers international English usage and especially American terminology.
Where appropriate, it uses excellent thumbnail-type illustrations to explain and enlighten the text.Click here for more information and to purchase
The Dictionary of Leatherworking Tools c.1700-1950
sounds like a learned academic work, and in some ways it is.
What makes it special, however, is that it covers all the tools used in boot and shoe making with an
explanation of how they are used, usually with illustrations.
Like many craft trades shoemaking tools have, in the main, been around for for a long time.
This makes the 166 pages specifically devoted to boot and shoe making very relevant to anybody making footwear on a small scale today.
That is not all, however, as there are sections on leather decorating, clog making, harness and saddle making, as well as many other trades.
Overall, this book is a "must have" item for any shoemaking enthusiast.
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is a comprehensive guide to handmade footwear and is the first modern book to cover this fast growing interest.
Produced by a highly regarded Australian craftsman and teacher of shoemaking, the 300 pages cover the details of making shoes by hand.
For many years people have been asking for book on hand shoemaking - this 2006 publication could well become the standard text.Click here for more information and to purchase
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