Project Description


Leatherworking 301: Slippers


Leatherworking 301: Slippers

Friday and Saturday July 10-11, 2020
Friday from 4 PM to 8 PM
Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM
2-Day Class
Old School, Waterford, Virginia

Slippers were simple, casual footwear of all classes and occupations in the eighteenth century.  Worn by both men and women, in house, office, or shop, they were a practical and comfortable covering for the foot when a full shoe wasn’t needed or desired.  Students will make a simple flat slipper of the kind shown in the above image of a shoemaker measuring his customer for shoes.  In so doing, students will build upon the intermediate skills and knowledge of the Leatherworking 201 class, and will develop intermediate-advanced skills that can be used to make a full pair of historical shoes in the advanced-level Leatherworking 401 class. Students will prepare outersoles and vamps, inseam the outsoles, turn the shoe (right-side out), insert the sock lining, and do final finishing to create handmade leather slippers.

Lunch and snacks are provided on both days.

Instructor: Brett Walker

$250 Class Fee
$85 Materials Fee 

  • Create handmade leather slippers from start to finish.

  • Build on current leatherworking-skills.

  • Lunch and snacks provided both days.

All materials are provided with payment of $85 materials fee.


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Foundation members receive a $25 discount on a class.

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