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Jason Hovatter

Portland, OR
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As far back as he can remember, Jason has been wondering how things worked before our modern age of convenience and forgetfulness.  As he traveled the country via foot and train hopping, he learned various leatherworking skills and apprenticed with a master shoemaker in southern Oregon.  He now runs his own custom shoemaking business, traveling to medieval re-enactments across the Western US, and teaching both period and modern styles and leaving a growing army of cobblers and cordwainers in his wake.

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Current Courses Offered by Jason Hovatter

4 Days
Teaser image for Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe

Shoemaking: 10th-Century Scandinavian Turn Shoe

Crafting functional, durable and attractive footwear with your own hands is a deeply satisfying (and sole-ful!) task. We will begin by making a casting of your foot (shoes will truly be custom built) then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting and skiving, butt stitching and assembly. Once the…
Wed, Aug 8th, 2018  –  Sat, Aug 11th, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter
4 Days
Teaser image for Shoemaking: Chukka Boot

Shoemaking: Chukka Boot

The chukka boot has roots that reach back to a decidedly non-northern location, the Sahara desert. Originally crafted by the cobblers of Cairo for South African troops during WWII, the practical, light-weight and comfortable design now has universal appeal, as an around-town shoe, sometime workboot and even a dress shoe.…
Sat, Aug 18th, 2018  –  Tue, Aug 21st, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter
4 Days
Teaser image for Shoemaking: Internal Stitchdown Workboots

Shoemaking: Internal Stitchdown Workboots

It’s hard to imagine a more functional and necessary piece of footwear than a solid workboot—and one that is custom-fit to your foot? What more could you ask for really? We will begin by making a casting of your foot and then move on to patterning and leather selection, cutting…
Mon, Aug 13th, 2018  –  Thu, Aug 16th, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter
4 Days
Teaser image for Shoemaking: Modern Turn Shoe

Shoemaking: Modern Turn Shoe

Inspired by centuries of shoe design, the modern turn shoe is an eminently practical and fashionable piece of footwear. From the city streets to wilderness survival, these shoes have been road-tested and found to be comfortable and durable. The uppers are American bison, the soles are made of heavy oil…
Thu, Aug 23rd, 2018  –  Sun, Aug 26th, 2018
Instructor: Jason Hovatter