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Bootmaker's Repair Stand

From the Collection of Mont De Lancey 71 Wellington Road Wandin North Victoria

Wooden bookmaker's repair stand, opens slightly at one end.
Two pieces of wood connected by two screws.
66cm x 5.5cm
Object Registration
bootmaking tools
Historical information
Wandin Thomas Sebire JP (1867-1960) learnt boot-making as a young man. In a small workshop on his property in Sebire Avenue, Wandin he made boots for family, friends & neighbours. He also repaired boots & made other small leather articles.
Bootmaking is a complex process requiring a variety of tools.
The leather is cut to shape, glazed & burnished (polished) with heated irons. The pieces are stretched onto, & nailed to, a wooden last to form the boot. Once attached to the insole, the boot is finished on a metal last. Uppers are stitched with waxed thread through holes made with an awl. Heels comprise pieces nailed together & neatened with a heel shave.
Metal plates, short nails or hob nails driven into the sole & heel, often in a pattern, improved durability.
Last updated
2 Jul 2019 at 11:57AM