Hand-Made Shoes with Full Hearts

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In late October, we gathered for a full and magical weekend of story, craft and remembering, as nine students poured their hands and hearts into a
two-day intensive of old-time shoe-making. Even the freshest hands, most of which were new to moccasin making, fully dove into the detailed work with inspiration and creativity. I was inspired by how the students worked together to create a pattern unique to their own feet and then stayed up

 sewing their buckskin slippers into the starry hours. After a feast of delicious wood-fired pizza with students from the Cob Oven class, we all cozied up by the fire in the classroom and many different styles of shoes came to life. I am grateful for the amazing and dedicated students who made such beautiful moccasins!
~ Natalie Bartlett,
Quail Springs WILD Series Director & Skills Instructor, October 2013

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