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Traphill in Wilkes County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Making Shoes

 

— Blue Ridge Parkway —

 
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By TeamOHE, July 24, 2020
1. Making Shoes Marker
Inscription.  Martin Brinegar made shoes for his family and neighbors. His nephew, Sherman, remembered many times seeing his uncle Martin "working by the light coming in through the window." Martin charged a dollar, more or less, for a pair of shoes. He could finish a pair of shoes in about two weeks.

Martin made shoes out of leather he bought in Wilkesboro. First he traced the person's foot on paper to make a pattern. He cut out pieces of leather with a shoe knife.

Martin sewed the shoe together on a wooden shoe last with flax thread coated with beeswax from his bee gums and a hog bristle needle. He used nippers to pull the upper of the shoe over the last to shape it before attaching the sole.

Then Martin made holes in the leather with an awl and used maple pegs to fasten the sole to the shoe. He shaved off the points of the maple pegs that poked through into the boot with a peg rasp. To finish the shoe he made shoelaces from groundhog hide.

Tolls of a Shoemaker
Some of the tools Martin Brinegar used to make a pair of shoes were:
Top row, left to right—glue pot, shoe last, shoe hammer
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Making Shoes Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, July 24, 2020
2. Making Shoes Marker
row, left to right—hoe knife, leather, nippers, awl, bevel knife
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 36° 25.1′ N, 81° 8.733′ W. Marker is in Traphill, North Carolina, in Wilkes County. Marker can be reached from Blue Ridge Parkway 1.3 miles south of Airbellows Gap Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Traphill NC 28685, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mountain Spring (here, next to this marker); An Outdoor Pantry (within shouting distance of this marker); A Mountain Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Making Linsey-Woolsey (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brinegar Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Brinegar Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tillers of the Land - Then and Now (approx. 1˝ miles away); Robert Lee Doughton (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Traphill.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 32 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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