We managed to produce our first movie to explain something impossible to do in words
It is well known that ancient shoemakers stitched with ‘waxed ends’, consisting of waxed thread and hog bristles. It was even known in Roman times and probably earlier. A satirical text from the 4th century, the testamentum porcelli, tells us about a piglet that bequeathed his bristles to the the shoemakers : “Donabo sutoribus saetas”.
How to fix the bristles on a thread is a millennium old tradition, a heritage that was handed down through countless generations of artisans until modern technology proposed new methods rendering hand sewing obsolete. We almost lost this precious piece of professional know-how.
Our repeated attempts to do it right failed although we had written and illustrated descriptions from earlier times about how this particular operation was supposed to be done. It is only after an old shoemaker showed us the trick that we finally where able to do it right. Some things are better understood through demonstration than from books, much as it is easier to learn knitting when grandmother sits next to us, shows, explains and corrects.