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Shoemaking with Michael Ismerio

April 27-30, 2017
10 am–6 pm

Shoemaking with Michael Ismerio

at Earthaven Ecovillage
near Asheville, North Carolina

Imagine having a pair of shoes that were custom-made for your feet using your own hands!

Cost: $350–$425 sliding scale

Early registration encouraged!
Maximum number of students is eight.

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Shoemaking Class at Earthaven Ecovillage

SOIL is excited to partner with Michael Ismerio for this class at Earthaven Ecovillage. The class runs for four 8-hour days, with leatherworking homework on the third night of the class. The cost for the class is the same as a custom pair of mid-top shoes made by Michael—but students go home with the knowledge of how to make as many pairs as they want. With a maximum of eight students, the class provides personal, focused instruction with Michael and an intimate, fun small-group experience.

Class is held in Earthaven's beautiful Council Hall within a welcoming forest community. Learn more about lodging options and Earthaven Ecovillage.

This intensive class requires moderate hand and arm strength.

Internal Stitch Down Shoe with Vibram Rubber Soles

This shoe is made from one-piece upper and flap construction and attaches to a commercial Vibram-brand sole. This sole style gives you an approximately 3/4" buffer between your foot and the ground, which can be helpful in the winter months when the ground is colder. Using a commercial sole means that you can take the shoe to any cobbler when the time comes to replace the sole.  The upper is made from rugged Bison leather and could last a lifetime if properly cared for. Choose from four leather colors.

Internal stitchdown leather shoe

About the Instructor

Michael Ismerio began studying shoemaking in 2011 under the watchful eye of a Northwest shoemaker named Jason Hovatter. Being a passionate teacher, Michael set to work creating a methodical approach to teaching shoemaking, which he now uses for his classes throughout Western North Carolina.

Michael's interests and talents don't stop at shoemaking. He's also a seasoned square dance caller, musician, fiddle instructor, bird enthusiast, naturalist, and wilderness mentor. Read even more about Michael.

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Experience a developing ecovillage for yourself!

Most of SOIL’s classes take place at Earthaven Ecovillage, giving participants a hands-on, skill-building immersion within an authentic community-based, village setting. Tours of Earthaven are also available on a monthly basis, a great way to dip your toe into this long-standing, intergenerational social experiment.

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