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  • Sandal Making Workshop 2017 with Stace Fulwiler

    We're very excited to announce that famous sandal making class will be happening again this season at Make Smith Leather. Stac Fulwiler will be head down the 101 freeway from Oakland CA to teach a six our class. As always, all are welcome to participate. Here are the details:  

    When: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
    Time: 11am - 5pm
    Where: Make Smith Leather Co.  
    117 West De La Guerra St, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Class Fee: $250  sign up through the shop!

    Description: In a 6 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a pair of leather sandals, using your own feet for the fit and your own design for the style (or pick a design to make from my website).  We'll provide the instruction, the tools, the materials and the leather.  By the end of class you will have made your own pair of leather sandals!  You will also learn some basic leather-working techniques and you’ll leave with a handout outlining sandal-making basics, including places to source materials in California.

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  • Desert & Denim 2016 Recap

    Desert & Denim 2016 Recap

    Here at Make Smith, we appreciate dirty boots. Do you know why? It's because they tell a story of an adventure... We're still brushing the desert sand off our boots after an incredible weekend working Make Smith's booth at the Desert & Denim trade show in Joshua Tree, CA. Put on by Juniper Ridge and hosted by Mohave Sands Motel, the weekend was filled with nerding out about leather, meeting other like-minded artisans, attending demonstrations, and drinking some tasty beverages. 

    The intention of the show "to introduce unique brands to a curated group of buyers who appreciate an American style and value a community experience over the repetitive transaction of an average trade show", was exactly how it felt. Many vendors from all over the place came to show their goods, talk about their work, and lead demonstrations. Steven showed the crowd how to make our new tooled knife sheath. Something we have been practicing at the shop with the help of our super saddle maker friend Brad Cooper. We love the knife sheath because it keeps our sharp Anza Knives safe, while also looking great attached to your side. 

    We were lucky enough to be placed in the middle of "leather row", and filled much of our time nerding out about leather with Bulldaogge & CO, Red Clouds Collective, DoomedNYC, and Sweet Trade to name a few. We all have different styled products, but the same materials, so it was great to share leather technique, frustrations, and what machines are running the industry. To make sure we didn't get too dehydrated in the desert, Union Wine, Sixpoint Brewery, and Tincup Whiskey were steady flowing, and if you ever needed a little pick-me-up sweet, Endorfin foods had some bomb chocolate.

    It's necessary to take a step away from work for a few days to attend an event like Desert & Denim, because man you come back with some great stories, inspiration, and orders! We had so much fun in the Desert with all you insanely talented vendors! Thank you Juniper Ridge for organizing such a great weekend. We look forward to D&D 2017.


    (Motorcycle and Camping photo credit: Candy Mountain Collective.)