Alan Bell • Jim Brainard • Morgan Buckert • Mark Candela • Greg Carmack • Michael Anthony Carnacchi • Pascal Davayat • Al Franklin • Graham Ebner • Edie Kudlis • Paul Krause • Dean Jackson • Jennifer June • Dustin Lauw • Charlotte Marshall • Deana McGuffin • Jojo McKibben • Carrlyn Miller • Lee Miller • Dana Perrotti • Lisa Sorrell • Wes Shugart • Mike Vaughn • Justin T. Walker • Dave Wheeler
Dana Perrottii asked bootmakers for their photos, memories and advice. Unlike other interviews, these are their answers, in their own words without edits or excerpts.
I am one of four apprentices at Texas Traditions Boot Shop, in Austin, Texas. Lee Miller, the master bootmaker we are learning from, is always telling us apprentices the history of the shop and talking about bootmakers of the past. There are so many stories in bootmaking! This project–to reach out to master and apprentice bootmakers– aims to make some of the stories within the craft more accessible to all! I am very thankful to everyone who shared their perspectives…and especially those who dug through their old photo drawers to contribute some amazing shots of their own bootmaking pasts. Here’s to another hundred years of handmade bootmaking!—Dana Perrotti, Apprentice Bootmaker