Haven’t been doing too much the last few days so will continue catching up from earlier in the week. Continuing Tuesday’s outing
While at the tequila distillery The Driver was talking to the girls in the gift shop. When he mentioned we were on our way to La Noria one of them told him that her husband owned the little leather shop we always visit there. In fact last year Bill bought some pieces of leather from him. She said her name was Jessie and to tell him we had met her.
So of course we went to visit him. These are some photos from his leather shop. It is a very full small one room work/sales shop. He makes saddles – this is the wooden frame for a saddle – it is still in the shaping stage. Needs a lot of work yet to make it ready for the leather.
|Saddle in the making - wooded under part|
His young apprentice was staining them.
|Work table and stains|
|The Driver's legs in the background|
|Not so pretty Inside|
|It's like a plainer for leather|
I’ve written about this place before and posted pictures of it but I always find something interesting to take another picture of. These metal things are the forms they use to cut out the soles for sandals
And this is their sewing machine. An old treadle used every day. On the wall are some purses for sale.
|It's a Singer|
|He's wondering where we're going.|
This is the outside – the building on the left – the brick one. It’s on a narrow street and has three big steep steps to go up into the workshop. In fact Bill had to move the Jeep so another vehicle could get down the street.
|Factory on left - a home on the right.|
There are three rooms. This one is mostly a storage area. Strips of leather for the making of the sandals, stirrups for saddles, finished and unfinished shoes.
|Leather strips for making sandals|
|Stack of soles and metal things he puts in them.|
I think he was putting together some kind of top for a more expensive sandal.
The guys working at the tables putting together the sandals they make there were from very young – 12 years old – to much older -60 maybe. The youngest boy was working alone the others at one big table.
|The boy on the left is 20 he has been doing this for 6 years|
|Making the shoe The strips go through the metal staple like things then are braided together.|
Here is a short video of the process. The strips are soaked in a bucket of water and vinegar to make them easier to work with. After they are woven together they are pounded to smooth them out then a cut lime is rubbed all over them to help condition the leather.
Well that's all for tongiht.