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Santa Barbara, CA / Sandal Making at Make Smith / Sunday March 18, 2018

Santa Barbara, CA / Sandal Making at Make Smith / Sunday March 18, 2018


***Deadline to sign up is March 13th***

Join me for a day of sandal making in one of my favorite places, Make Smith in Santa Barbara!  Steven Soria is a third generation leather worker and his workshop/store is an inspirational place to make sandals.  Steven is kind enough to allow us to use his top-of-the-line tools during this workshop, making this a special opportunity to familiarize yourself with the myriad tools of the leather trade.  See photos of past workshops at Make Smith HERE

In this one day workshop I will walk you through making your very own pair of handmade leather sandals.  No experience is necessary, and both men & women are welcome.  You will learn the entire process of sandal making over the course of the day, using your own feet to determine fit, style and color.  Classes are limited to 7 people to allow for plenty of individual assistance.  All the tools and supplies are provided, and you'll have many different leather colors to choose from.  You will choose from three styles: a toe ring sandal, 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.

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 leather-working techniques and become familiar with shoemaking tools. You will leave with your very own pair of self-made sandals and a list of shoemaking supply resources in California. 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.


When: Sunday, March 18, 2018

Where: Make Smith, 135 E. De La Guerra St, Santa Barbara, CA

Time: 11am - 5pm, some sandal makers might finish a little earlier or a little later.  We will take about 30 minutes for lunch

What to Bring: Working hands and outfits!  Bring snacks and a water bottle.  We will also be working outside while using the sandal glue, so bring a sun hat or sunscreen if you'd like sun protection.  Bring a dust mask if you would like to use the belt sander to finish your sandals (not necessary, I can also finish your sandals for you)

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