Reporter: Francis Waplinger

Jun. 09, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design, Living in Florence , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Living in Florence (Shoe Making) 15.6.8 : Assistant Report 30

The Duomo An iconic fountain in Florence. Lovely lighting on the Ponte Vecchio A magnificent sunset in Florence! Late night dining in Piazza della Passera. … [Read more]


Jun. 04, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design, Living in Florence , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Living in Florence (Shoe Making) 15.6.2 : Assistant Report 29

The beautiful Odeon movie theater in Florence, they play English language and Italian language films. Baroque ceiling decoration in Florence, an uncommon site in this city. A lovely picn… [Read more]


May. 26, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.5.25 : Assistant Report 28

Busy designing my next shoe project. The second test, there are still a few adjustments to make. Springtime at the fountain in Santo Spirito Marzipan mushrooms! Beautiful marzi… [Read more]


May. 19, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.5.17 : Assistant Report 27

Finished boots! Adjusting forms for my next project. The beautiful Corsini Garden Corsini Garden A turtle hanging out in the garden! … [Read more]


May. 12, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design, Living in Florence , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Living in Florence (Shoe Making) 15.5.10 : Assistant Report 26

For this weeks report I have a selection of street art I saw while walking around Florence. Enjoy! … [Read more]


May. 07, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.5.3 : Assistant Report 25

Checking the heel height before gluing and nailing the final layer into place. The heel is too high so I will need to do some more sanding. Giardino Bardini -wisteria The garden is beautiful … [Read more]


Apr. 29, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.4.26 : Assistant Report 24

Sole stitching complete. Looking for antique tools at a market in Florence. Fresh salad! Delicious home cooked curry dinner! … [Read more]


Apr. 23, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.4.19 : Assistant Report 23

Sole stitching marked on the welt. The channel for the stitching has been made. Sole stitching in progress. A lovely spring break breakfast. … [Read more]


Apr. 05, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.3.27 : Assistant Report 21

Beautiful spring weather has finally arrived in Florence! A cute dog I saw two days in a row. Today he was at the antique market. A delicious picnic on the banks of the Arno! I fin… [Read more]


Apr. 03, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design, Living in Florence , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Living in Florence (Shoe Making) 15.4.1 : Assistant Report 22

The Bargello is one of my favorite museums in Florence. It is a sculpture and artifact museum that is located in the old jail. It is a beautiful building! This is a photo of the main courtyard. … [Read more]


Mar. 26, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design, Living in Florence , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Living in Florence (Shoe Making) 15.3.20 : Assistant Report 20

A horse and carriage in Piazza Santo Spirito. Street art in Florence. A new juice and smoothie place in Florence called Shake Café. A lovely display at a local plant vendor. M… [Read more]


Mar. 23, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design, Living in Florence , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Living in Florence (Shoe Making) 15.3.15 : Assistant Report 19

A mid-afternoon coffee and sweets break at Café Giacosa in Palazzo Strozzi. A Friday night at home with lovely local Florentine wine and tulipani. A winter salad with fresh produce from … [Read more]


Mar. 12, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.3.4 : Assistant Report 18

The second time around the welting process went smoother. The toe. The stitching. A beautiful day in Florence, the finish line in Piazza Santa Croce for a marathon. I was glad to … [Read more]


Mar. 04, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design, Living in Florence , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Living in Florence (Shoe Making) 15.3.4 : Assistant Report 17

This past Friday, I had the privilege of going to Lineapelle in Milan. It is a great experience for students and professionals to see everything that is happening in the world of leather, tools, and… [Read more]


Feb. 26, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.2.25 : Assistant Report 16

Unfortunately, this week I had to take two steps backwards with my boots. On four of the stitches in the welting, I placed them too far on the outside of the shoe, thus compromising the integrity of… [Read more]


Feb. 19, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.2.18 : Assistant Report 15

Soaking the welt in water before stitching it to the shoe. Soaking the welt makes it easier to work with. Welting in progress. I find the welting to be one of the more physically demanding par… [Read more]


Feb. 12, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.2.11 : Assistant Report 14

The toe puff is in place and shaped to the form. A strip of paper is added to smooth the transition from the toe cap to the rest of the shoe. The shoe has been lasted and the toe closed. All t… [Read more]


Feb. 05, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.2.4 : Assistant Report 13

Here you can see the boot has been mounted onto the last and the heel counter is firmly in place. The toe area has been left open in order to continue with process of adding the toe puff. The l… [Read more]


Jan. 29, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.1.28 : Assistant Report 12

The start of another shoe repair. These boots are Fiorentini and Baker, an Italian brand. It is always interesting during a repair because that is when you can tell the true quality of a shoe. These… [Read more]


Jan. 22, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories, Shoe Making & Shoe Design , | Tags: , | Language:
Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoe Making/Design
Shoe Making 15.1.21 : Assistant Report 11

After sewing the side paneling on the uppers, I put reinforcement tape around the edges and leather reinforcement where the eyelets will be. I have done this in order to prevent the uppers from over… [Read more]




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