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Los Angeles, CA at Maker's Mess on Sun April 28, 2019 10-3

Los Angeles, CA at Maker's Mess on Sun April 28, 2019 10-3


Sign up for this workshop HERE

Handcrafting leather sandals is a traditional way of shoemaking that has been practiced for centuries all around the world. Come learn how to do this special craft yourself!  Join me at  Maker’s Mess for a day of sandal making.  No experience is necessary, I will provide all the tools & supplies.  See photos of past workshops HERE

In this workshop you will learn to make your own custom pair of sandals made from sturdy leather soles, 0.5” stacked leather heels and supple leather straps and insoles.  Together we will explore the sandal-making process, from cutting the straps to fitting them to your own feet. Over the course of making your sandals, you will also learn the basics of leather crafting and you will become familiar with the essential tools and supplies of shoemaking.

You will choose from a handful of different sandal design that are simple and easy for beginners to master. I’ll bring four different leather colors for you to choose from: black, espresso, caramel, and natural vegetable tanned leather.

At the end of the day I will take your sandals to my studio to sand down the edges, refining the fit and finishing the edges.  Your sandals will be ready to pick up the following day at Maker’s Mess!


Where: Maker’s Mess, 602 North Hoover, Silver Lake, CA 90004

When: Sunday April 28, 2019 from 10am - 3pm (some of you may finish a little earlier) we will take about 20 min for lunch

What to bring: working hands and outfits!  We will be cutting, kneeling, bending and standing during the sandal making process so wear something comfortable.  It’s best to wear sandals as we will be getting barefoot during the fitting process. Bring a water bottle and snacks to keep you going.  It’s a good idea to bring a face mask f you would like to try using the belt sander at the end of class, or if you are sensitive to strong fumes (the glue we use is strong; we will be using it outside with plenty of ventilation)

Workshop Fee: $225, includes everything you need to create your very own pair of handmade sandals.  All tools, leather, patterns, supplies, and materials will be provided. Sign up HERE

Take Away: handmade sandals; made with a round-toe leather sole, leather heels and leather uppers.  You’ll also take home an outline of the sandal making process that includes ‘care and feeding’ of your new sandals and a list of local leather and shoe supply resources if you wish to continue sandalmaking after the workshop.

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