A workshop in the centre of Eastbourne specialising in traditional wooden Lastmaking and tree making with courses devoted to the bespoke shoemaking.
Over the coming months a variety of courses will be introduced catering to all aspects of shoemaking.
In the future the possibility of other craft courses may become available.
The intention is to start at the beginning. Lastmaker House plans to offer a unique course in Lastmaking run by two craftsmen with over 60 years of experience associated with London's West End bootmakers.
The course is designed as an introduction to Lastmaking with each participant producing their own pair of wooden shoe lasts. Lastmaking is highly skilled and physically demanding. Help will be given from the tutors where necessary. However, in the time available, it is not possible to train participants to become commercial last makers which takes a number of years of concentrated study.
The course will cover:
An introduction to Lastmaking tools and their use including the last makers vice.
Taking measures. Drawing the outline of the foot and the detail needed.
Interpreting the measurements in to a wooden shoe last. This will include pitch, toe spring, back curve and toe shape.
At the end of the course each participant will take home a pair of bespoke wooden shoe lasts.
There will be an opportunity to purchase a set of tools and lastmaking vices.