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  • 400 US dollars
  • Location 1

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Portmanteaus, or valises, were essential to travelers in the 18th and 19th centuries and were commonly found in probate inventories and depicted in artwork and advertisements. These leather forerunners of the suitcase carried clothes and essential items for wayfarers, but were small enough to be carried by hand. In this 3-day course students learn fundamental leatherworking techniques, such as cutting, skiving, the use of awls, and various sewing methods necessary to build a medium sized, 16-inch-long valise utilizing construction methods based on extant examples as well as those seen in 18th-century artwork. Shaun A. Pekar is a footwear historian, historic shoemaker, and proprietor of “S. Pekar, Shoe and Accoutrement Maker.” He specializes in 18th and 19th century reproduction leather items, and has made reproduction leather goods for several historical sites and museums.

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