I want to make the best clogs I possibly can, that fit well, sound right, and look great.
From the initial fitting, to the size and shape of soles, and options for styles and leather colours, right down to the final details of tooled designs and nailing up, each pair is crafted with care and can be made as individual as you are.
I use sycamore for my soles. This comes from sustainable sources including local forestry operations and the National Trust.
Sometimes I use wood in the round, sometimes it’s sawn – but I always use timber thick enough to enable me to cut soles with a high cast. This is very important for comfortable walking or dancing in clogs.
Most of my leather goods, and many of the leathers I use for clog uppers, are made from vegetable tanned leather – leather that’s been tanned using tree bark and other organic matter.
I typically hand-stitch my leatherwork with linen thread: hand stitching is durable and has a really appealing, uniform appearance.
Clog uppers are made with the aid of an antique treadle-powered sewing machine, or sometimes hand-stitched.
I use a combination of machine and hand tools for roughly shaping clog soles. The fine shaping work is done using traditional clog knives which would be familiar to a clog maker from 100 years ago. This enables a high level of customisation.