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Scandinavian Turn Shoe Intensive with Michael Ismerio

  • Echoview Fiber Mill 76 Jupiter Rd Weaverville United States (map)

Monday March 11 - 14th, 9 AM - 5PM

The Scandinavian Turn Shoe is a 10th century style shoe with a thin leather sole similar to a moccassin. Join us to learn what teacher Michael Ismerio often refers to as his “hiking slippers” due to their excellent ability to allow me to feel the ground beneath your feet and their great traction on rocks.  They will be your most comfortable shoes.

This shoe style is made inside out and then turned right-side-out so that the stitching ends up on the inside.  The upper can be made in many styles such as the traditional flap and button,  a more modern lace up style, or a no-flap slipper. The sole is a mixture of recycled rubber powder and rubber cement which is pasted on the shoe in whatever thickness you desire.  This allows you to indefinitely add more rubber as the old rubber wears away. The upper is made of rugged Bison leather and if taken care of can last a lifetime.

The class is four, 8 hour days with sewing home work on the 3rd day, which also just happens to fall on a Craft Night where we all share a vegetarian meal, watch a great movie, and hang out and craft. There is a space for keeping a packed lunch cold for lunch each day.

Only hand tools are used in the making of this style of shoe. All materials are included in the price of the workshop.

About the teacher:

Michael Ismerio is a passionate teacher that loves thinking about how culture gets transferred from one generation to another.  Traditional footwear is just one of those cultural elements.  He has been teaching shoe making since 2013.  Since that time he has taught over 150 people how to make shoes with their own hands.

Earlier Event: February 27
Craft Night
Later Event: March 13
Craft Night