Sensuality of Texture: Geology of Shoes

Machines are so essential to daily life that we often fail to appreciate what we can make with our hands. A cordwainer is a person that fashions luxury footwear from soft leather by hand, designing, cutting and shaping shoes into objects of beauty and usefulness. The term is derived from the same word that gives us cordovan, a soft leather that … Continue reading Sensuality of Texture: Geology of Shoes

Traditional Delights: Carved Creations of the Ural Candle Factory

Should technology replace human craftsmanship? We often forget the joy of making things by hand. These videos may remind you. The Ural Candle Factory lies in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia, a city of roughly 1.5 million people straddling the border between Europe and Asia. Known for many years as Sverdlovsk, after a high ranking Communist party official, … Continue reading Traditional Delights: Carved Creations of the Ural Candle Factory