For the record: I’m won’t spend quite this many posts for the second last. However, on advice from Francis, I did go back out to the workbench and spent some more time zeroing in on the correct form of my last. He advised that I raise the sole about a 1/4 inch, sloping from the ball of the foot to the heel. This isn’t to accommodate a heel so much as to accommodate the shape of the human foot.
This was done mostly with hand tools this time: the pattern maker’s rasp and as I neared my final desired measurements, a spokeshave. I will sand it to remove most of the toolmakrs before putting a finish on it and moving on to the next one.
In the meantime, we’re going to shift over and visit the Joiner’s shop. Stay tuned!
|A bit of heel lift demonstrated by putting the heel on a handy speed square.|
|The less-flattened sole of the shoe.|