Monthly Archives: March 2010


Chromexcel.  One of my favorites, and probably my single favorite if I had to choose one.  The picture above gives some idea of how long the formula has been around (and this journal is full of different trials and doesn’t even contain the original, standardized recipe).  Whether because it’s right, or because we’re just terribly stubborn, we’ve left the processes and formulas for many of our leathers largely unchanged.  We have had to substitute some of the components that were traditionally used in small quantities – whale oil was replaced with another marine-creature derived oil, one that’s more available and not controversial.

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Filed under 101, History, Leathers, Products

Made in Maine

We recently visited Rancourt and Company in Lewiston – I snapped a few photos to show just how much skill and time it takes to make great handsewn shoes.

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Filed under Visits