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El Cerrito, CA / Handcraft Studio School / June 2 & 3, 2018

El Cerrito, CA / Handcraft Studio School / June 2 & 3, 2018


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I'll be holding two more classes on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3rd at the beautiful Handcraft Studio School in El Cerrito, CA. 

Join me for a day of sandal making!  In this one day workshop I'll walk you through making your very own pair handmade leather sandals.  No experience is necessary, I'll be there to help you through the entire process and classes are kept small to allow for individual assistance. 

I'll bring all the tools, supplies and many different leather colors to choose from.  You will have the choice of making a toe ring sandal (my personal favorite), a sandal that buckles at the ankle, or a two-strap slide sandal.  The strap width, leather colors, and strap placement is all up to you.  View photos of past workshops and student work here.  We will be making sandals from leather soles, two heights of stacked leather heels (0.25" and 5/8"), and leather uppers.

Over the course of the day, you will learn how to make sandals that fit to your feet. Making sandals entirely from leather, including the soles and heels, is a traditional way of shoemaking that has been practiced for centuries.  And in my opinion, they are also the most comfortable, beautiful and durable!  In the process of making your sandals, you will also learn basic leatherworking techniques and become familiar with shoemaking tools. You will leave with your very own pair of self-made shoes and a list of shoemaking resources in the Bay Area. Bring a friend or family member and enjoy a day of working with your hands to craft a pair of sandals you will wear for years to come.


Tuition: $250, includes all materials and light snacks & drinks.  Sign up at

When: Saturday June 2, 2018

Where: Handcraft Studio School, 10368 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Time: 11am - 5pm, we will take 30 min for lunch

What to Bring: Working hands and outfits! We will be kneeling, getting barefoot, crouching, hammering and making all day.  Bring a lunch if you like, though  El Cerrito Natural Foods is across the street with lunch options. 

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