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Vintage camera bag restoration

Today we handed back a great item to one happy customer. A vintage camera bag that we had restored from an initial sorry state. looking pretty ratty and all that we made new straps and reconditioned the old leather back to working condition Here he is looking pretty happy. Final Look Check out more on […]

April 5, 2018

A bevelled waist

The last bastion of hand made shoes is certainly the bevelled waist and the fiddle back sole. Conjecture is rife as to the original function of the fiddleback, with most thinking it was originally of benefit in the construction of ladies shoes. One can certainly admire the smooth elegance and tight lines it brings to […]

March 6, 2017

Workshop Update

Things have been pretty busy in the workshop with a whole lot of restocking going on. The Lulu and Triumph plates have been a big hit on the streets of Sydney town, thankfully I do regular restocks from the U.K. or else I would not have been able to keep up with the demand. The […]

June 21, 2016

An interesting road

When I first started Baxter & Black I wanted to reflect my passion for shoes and the repair of them in such a fashion as to be honest to my training and to be of a level that is transparent, if a a shoe uses pegged wooden nails in the heel block then I do […]

March 23, 2016

A night of polishing

Recently we held a little polishing circle at the studio with great results. The theme for the night was brushing up on skills and looking at the little rituals we all have when going about polishing our beloved shoes. For me personally I was excited to show the other end of the craft in so […]

March 2, 2016

Client Shoe Progress

The elves have been very busy setting the edges on this rebuild of a clients shoe. And now with hard wax, fire and some heated hand tools we have now set the edges so that they quietly shine like amber. Taking a step back in the process we set the edges the night before by […]

February 16, 2016

I love old machines

I have a confession to make: I love old machines. It does not have to be machinery that specifically relates to shoe production (although that helps a lot). I think it comes down to the fascination of all those gears and machinery all working towards one goal, such as stitching a sole on a shoe. Past […]

January 27, 2016

The process of patina

From a concept to outcome, one of the hardest things I have found to understand was the Art of Patina. This was partly due to the lack of shoes that are specifically made in crust leather or neutral coloured leather, that would enable me to practice on them. I have also never found a person […]

December 15, 2015

All about laces

I have been somewhat fixated on laces. I typically steer towards the heavy wax variety in darker colours. However with the summer months, I am casting my gaze towards some lighter colours in a flat lace. If I can find a good-looking hunter green flat waxed, I am going to be very happy.

December 9, 2015

Not that I am a hoarder

Every tool has it’s place. There is a sense of quiet satisfaction looking across a full tool box with a heady selection of tools and other findings.

December 9, 2015

Polish, Patina and Antiquing

Polish patina or antiquing. So what is the difference? Generally, a polish is where you use wax in the same colour as the shoe. It can also be a neutral colour.  This is to maintain a high shine on the shoe in the existing colour of the shoe. Patina is where we either have a […]

November 30, 2015