Michael Ismerio

 

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Upcoming Shoemaking Classes in 2017:

 

Aug. 8-11 - Internal Stitch Down Shoe Making Class

In my home workshop in Barnardsville, NC

(To register email michael.ismerio@gmail.com) Cost: $400-$475 Sliding Scale

 

Oct. 12th - 15th - Scandinavian Turn Shoe Making Class

In my home workshop in Barnardsville, NC

(To register email michael.ismerio@gmail.com) Cost: $350-$425 Sliding Scale

 

Nov. 9-12th - Internal Stitch Down Shoe Making Class

In my home workshop in Barnardsville, NC

(To register email michael.ismerio@gmail.com) Cost: $400-$475 Sliding Scale

 

Dec. 7-10th - Scandinavian Turn Shoe Making Class

In my home workshop in Barnardsville, NC

(To register email michael.ismerio@gmail.com) Cost: $350-$425 Sliding Scale 

 

Work Trade?

For classes at my home workshop I offer work trade options at my homestead in Barnardsville, NC: 18 hours of work (Turn Shoe) or 20 hours (Internal Stitchdown) and a $80 materials fee in exchange for the 32 hour shoe class. The work trade I offer is all manner of homesteading work: building, landscaping, trail building, carpentry, farming, mulching, hauling, brush clearing, etc... bottom line: it's hard work.

contact me for more info at michael.ismerio@gmail.com 

 

Coming from out of the area?

Scroll down for Accommodations .

 

Shoe Making Classes

Classes are now available for both of the styles that I am currently making. The classes take four 8 hour days and can be completed in a row or spread out over two weekends. Classes are scheduled around the availability of the interested students. The cost for the classes in my home workshop is $325 -$400 sliding Scale (you decide). These classes are also mobile so if you would like me to come to your town all I need is 6 interested students in your area. Get a hold of me for more info about classes or sign up for my newsletter. 503-808-0362 or michael.ismerio@gmail.com.

 And the two styles I currently teach:

 

 10th Century Scandinavian Turnshoe with Recycled Rubber Soles

Imagine having a pair of shoes that were custom made for your feet using your own hands. Imagine a shoe that let's you feel that ground beneath you; you might call them hiking slippers. Imagine making these dream shoes in only 4 days.

The Scandinavian Turn Shoe is a 10th century style shoe with a button and flap closure and a very thin sole. The shoe is made inside out and then turned right-side-out so that the stitching ends up on the inside of the shoe. The sole is a mixture of recycled rubber powder and rubber cement which is pasted on the shoe in whatever thickness you desire. It also allows you to indefinitely add more rubber as the old rubber wears away. The upper is made of Bison leather which comes in 4 different colors.

These are my most comfortable shoes. They allow me to feel the ground below my feet and have wonderful traction on rocks.

The class is four 8 hour days with sewing home work on the 3rd day. It's an intensive class and requires moderate hand and arm strength.

Internal Stitchdown Shoes with Vibram Soles

 This is a more modern style of shoe that uses the same one piece upper and flap construction as in my Turn Shoe class but attaching it to a commercial Vibram brand sole.  This sole style gives you about a 3/4" buffer between your foot and the ground which can be helpful in the winter months when the ground is colder.  Using a commercial sole means that you can take it to any shoe repair person when the time comes to replace the sole.  The upper is made from rugged Bison leather and could last a lifetime if properly cared for.  4 leather colors to choose from.

The class is four 8 hour days with sewing home work on the 3rd day. It's an intensive class and requires moderate hand and arm strength.

 

Leather Colors

 The commercial Bison leather that I use for the uppers comes in four colors:

Tobacco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Redwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I began making custom leather shoes in Jan. 2011...

...under the watchful eyes of a fabulous Northwest Shoemaker named Jason Hovatter. I have set up my own shoemaking workshop here in Asheville, NC where I am now making custom shoes and teaching shoe making classes.

Currently I am making and teaching two styles of shoes but I have more designs in the works and will be introducing them as I perfect them. All shoes are made from custom made castings of the wearers feet for a perfect fit.

 

Local Accommodations

 There are various options for places to stay in the area, one of which is truly magical and affordable. It is called the Mountain Lights Sanctuary and offers everything from camping to tree houses to normal rooms in a stunning location that borders the Pisgah National Forest and is just 5 miles down the road from my workshop. Definitely take a peak at their website!

 

Another option is Airbnb. There are numerous offerings near Barnardsville for as little as $50 a night. Click here for more info.  The black pin on the map is my workshop location. 310 Dillingham Road, Barnardsville, NC 28709

Friends of mine have just added this Airbnb listing here just a few miles from me.

Graystone Cabins has secluded cabins for rent 3 miles away

The Hawk and Ivy is a bed and breakfast 1.7 miles from my workshop.

And the nearest motel is The Comfort Inn in Mars Hill 12 miles away

The nearest grocery store is Ingles Market which is also 12 miles away in Mars Hill

 

 

 

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