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Francis Waplinger

Country: U.S.A.
Course: Shoemaking
Assistant

Mr. Waplinger began his training in Italy in 2014 under the tutelage of Accademia Riaci's maestro Angelo Imperatrice, followed by an apprenticeship with famed Florentine shoemaker Roberto Ugolini.

Feb. 19, 2015 | Posted in Reports, Shoemaking | Tags:, Reporter: Francis Waplinger | Course: Shoemaking

Shoe Making 15.2.18 : Assistant Report 15

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Soaking the welt in water before stitching it to the shoe. Soaking the welt makes it easier to work with.

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Welting in progress. I find the welting to be one of the more physically demanding parts of constructing a shoe or boot.

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The boot with a finished hand stitched welt.

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A lovely mid afternoon coffee at Le Vespe.

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Door detail: beauty is everywhere in Florence, even in such a simple thing like a door.

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Romdraculus, one of the best street bands in Florence.

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A wonderful home cooked Valentine’s Day dinner. Wine, pasta with home made tomato sauce, polpette and a tasty salad, yum!


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