Christine de la Garza's Profile
I was introduced to the fine art of handcrafted bootmaking when I was about 8 years old and I went with my dad on an annual trip to see his bootmaker in Raymondville, Texas.
As my father settled on the details, I recall taking a walk around that boot shop, quietly observing each craftsman at their particular role: the pattern maker, the cutter, the sewer, the laster, and the adornado (who made a final check of each boot for details & quality).
I remember taking in the rows of colorful leathers and exotic skins resting on a shelf, the hard slap-tap of lemonwood pegs securing the soles, the heady weight of glue in the air, the shiny threads turned by hand on an old industrial sewing machine (as a pattern fleshed out on the shaft), the loud beating whirl of the belt sander on stacked leather heels being finished off to a fine shine…
- Joined May 21, 2009