• Introduction    
  • Tools and Supplies    
  • Sewing Notes    
  • Safety Notes    
  • Material Selection    
  • Getting the Pattern    
  • From Duct Tape 
    to Cardboard
  • Pattern Adjustments   
  • Cutting out the Pieces   
  • Preparing the Sole   
  • Starting Construction   
  • Assembling The Back   
  • Applying The Lacing Blocks   
  • Making Buttons   
  • Attaching the back to 
    the front
  • Cementing the Upper 
    to the Sole
  • Sewing the Upper 
    to the Sole
  • Attaching the Rubber Sole   
  • Sewing on the Buttons   
  • Lacing Up   
  • Glossary 
  • Design Home   
  • Supplies

    This instruction set makes the assumption that you already have some familiarity with the rudiments of working with leather.


    • 5-6 oz leather: cow, elk, deer, buffalo, about 11 square feet
    • 9-10 oz tooling hide, about two square feet
    • If you're using a machine, nylon upholstery thread - at least size 69 or higher
    • A beeswax cake (for hand-sewing if your thread isn't already waxed)
    • Barge® cement
    • Barge® cement thinner
    • Leather dye, Edge Kote

    A quick discussion about the supplies. First off, I like cow hide, or when I'm feeling wealthy, bullhide. Buffalo is a little stiff for my taste, elk and deer make very soft, supple boots but you'll be constantly pulling them up. Cow seems a nice compromise. Bullhide is thicker by the way, and makes a very nice, very substantial boot.

    Supplier: hidehouse.com

    You can order Barge®, leather dyes, and edging ink (brand: Edge Kote) from either Tandy or Amazon.

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