Cutting out the heel stiffeners…

Cutting out the heel stiffeners...

I also cut out my heel stiffeners (counters) this week, which I have taken home to soak and then skive. The pattern for these was done on the master pattern, and I then traced it, cut it out and then re-traced it onto the leather, which I then cut out. Doing this job I actually had a bit of a revelation.. All this time this year I had been using the knife in a way that was far from easy, trying to basically slice through the leather on a normal angle, bit by bit. For some reason I decided to try it another way this time, holding it on a different angle and holding the excess leather towards me… man was it so much easier.. in fact, I actually quite enjoyed cutting them out!

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