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Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Squire Boot

Course Overview

If the shoe fits…maybe it’s because you made it yourself! Learn to make the Squire boot with professional shoemaker/cordwainer Molly Grant. Students will choose from an array of colors to make their own leather boots, learning a variety of leatherworking skills along the way, including skiving, folding, glueing, lining, lasting and burnishing. The Squire boot is fully lined and hand sewn to leather soles, and finished with a hand-inscribed sock lining. Other skills covered in the course will include pattern making, proper leather lay out, use of an antique sewing machine, and basic hand sewing. The finished shoe will have all the details that make the Squire boot a joy to make and even more lovely to wear, a true Cordwainer classic.

NOTE: Due to materials preparation needs and sizing, registration for this class will be cut off 6 weeks before class starts.


Thu, May 21st, 2020  –  Sun, May 24th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 3.5 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-1pm
Intergenerational age: NA
Registration Cost: $625.00
Includes materials fee of $275.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.