The Texas Photos...page 2


Lasting

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positioning the last in preparation for taking the first drafts in the "lasting" process
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"hoisting"--heel of boot is tacked in the "seats up" position before forepart is lasted
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lasting the forepart of the boot--taking a "draft" at the "joint"
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comparing the foreparts before proceeding further--are the "toe bugs" lined up?


Inseaming

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preparing to inseam--twisting a hog's bristle onto the "taw" (tapered tip) of a "waxed end"
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stitching the welt to the insole (inseaming) with awl and "waxed ends"


Bottoming

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paring the shank cover to blend into the insole shape
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soling leather must be soaked and then allowed to "temper" in a cool place
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sizing and clicking the outsoles from tempered "bend"
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tempered sole being run through "tug" roller to harden and shape the outsole
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cementing the boot and the outsole prior to attaching...note the cupped shape of the outsole
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hammering and rubbing outsole channel to close


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rasping the heel lift to level it up
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shaping the heel stack with a heel shave
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cementing the rubber toplift on the heel stack


Done!

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the moment of truth--will they fit?
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the makers and the boots
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the master...historically the word "master" referred to the owner of the shop


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