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I wrote a book

My book has gone to print. Yippee!!

According to Amazon.com, it will be available April 24, 2007.

336 pages
293 cowboy boot photos, featuring…
 82 boot companies
 62 bootmakers who are accepting new orders, and another…
 20 makers who’ve retired or passed on.

The cover features a pair of boots made by Carl Chappell (Saint Jo, TX.) Aren’t they swell? Black vamps with a strong white toebug, bright pink leather tops and a longhorn inlay. You’ll have to buy the book, so you can peek inside and see the detail in the stitchwork.

Book Buying

I’m a much happier person now, since I gave up trying to buy books on eBay.

If I do find a book on eBay (BUY NOW at $35.95)… I go straight over to abebooks.com to search for the same title.

This time, I was looking for a copy of “Shoe Repairing” by Henry Karg. At abebooks, I found multiple editions at reasonable prices for both hard and softcover copies.

I own one other shoe repair book. I picked this book because I want to read it’s advice on “The repairman as a businessman.” and…

Chapter 14: Operation and Maintenance of Shoe Machinery. (Including…curved needle stitcher, straight needle stitcher and patching machine) General operation, rules to observe, trouble chart, replenishing thread, causes or broken/stranded thread, and causes of broken needles.

I actually bought two copies… one 1947 edition and another 1975 edition. (I want to see if there are any differences between the two.) I paid less for my two copies, then the one on eBay.

Do you need a copy of that old Texas Boot Book?

Art of the Boot (in paperback)

Time to take your copy of Art of the Boot off the coffee table… and tuck it into the bookshelf. This hardcover classic is now out of stock and out of print.

Art of the Boot is now available in paperback and priced at $15.72 (That’s less half it’s previous cover price.) This book’s full color pages measure a generous 8½ x 10½” …which means the Jim Arndt photos inside give you details so clear …you can count the rows of stitches on nearly every pair!

Originally released in 1999, this book profiles 28 of America’s finest bootmakers, and includes examples from the work of many others. The cowboy boots were borrowed from museum and personal collections, and this book allows us a rare chance to stare, ponder and admire these intricate designs.

You can read a sample chapter of this book by visiting the Texas Monthly website.

Stay on the lookout. There are often reasonably priced hardcover editions of Art of the Boot available from Abebooks.com… or for for something truly special, contact Back at the Ranch which often has signed copies of Tyler Beard’s books.

(The page shown below is a peek at the signed copy Tyler sent me.)

P.S. The book How The West was Worn is also in paperback. (Click here for more great books about cowboy boots)

Don’t you love surprises?

Recently, I bought a copy of Miss Enid: The Lady Texas Bootmaker. I paid $30 ‘cuz it was rumored to be hardcover with its paper dust jacket still in very good condition.

When I got it I found it had been signed by the author, Dale Terry… also inside was a little slip of paper with Enid Justin’s signature. Wow! (zoom)

Miss Enid founded the Nocona Boot Company in 1925… staying put in Nocona, Texas when her brothers took Justin Boots to Fort Worth. She ran Nocona Boots straight through wartime shortages and two failed marriages …and yes, with every divorce sprang a new cowboy boot business competitor. (Okay, the gossip is about 70 years old now, but it sure is a good read.) Miss Enid was a brave and remarkable business woman.

With only a thousand copies printed, don’t feel left out. Ask you local librarian if she/he can track down a copy for you.

While writing my book, I’ve rediscovered the power, economy and efficiency of the interlibrary loan. Books, past magazine articles…because you can’t find everything you need on the web.

Gotta go, I’m off to the library.

Reference: JUSTIN, Enid, and Dale TERRY. Miss Enid: The Texas Lady Bootmaker. Austin: Nortex Press, 1985