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Molly Grant

Deerfield, NH
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Molly Grant

Molly began leatherworking in her early 20’s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather Shop at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. In 1989, she became a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and while showing her line of handbags had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months, Molly was traveling to national craft shows with Paul and learning the art of being a Cordwainer. The original patterns and designs that Paul and his father Edward Mathews designed beginning in the 1930’s are still used today. Molly continues to make handbags, but her main business is showing her line of custom handmade footwear and teaching shoemaking workshops at her shop in New Hampshire, as well as traveling nationally to craft schools to teach the art of shoemaking.

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Current Courses Offered by Molly Grant

Teaser image for Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Pathfinder

Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Pathfinder

Learn the age-old art of being a cordwainer. Using the original patterns designed in the mid-1930s…
Mon, Jun 19th, 2023  –  Thu, Jun 22nd, 2023
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Molly Grant
Teaser image for Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Squire Boot

Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Squire Boot

If the shoe fits…maybe it’s because you made it yourself! Learn to make the Squire boot…
Sat, Jun 24th, 2023  –  Tue, Jun 27th, 2023
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Molly Grant

Past Courses Offered by Molly Grant

Leather Handbag Design & Sewing

Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Mercury Sandal

Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Pathfinder