Oh yeah and the dirty fingernail thing… I’m working as a conservator this summer (so awesome!) and I’m re-treating a shoe from a ship that sank in 1760, the Machault. I’m really enjoying the challenge of it! I had to make a study of shoes from the period to understand how all the layers fit together since much of the original stitching had rotted away. I had this aha! moment yesterday when I finally understood the purpose of the rand/welt. It’s actually a pretty clever way to make a shoe. Today my repairs started to come together and I began to tighten the stitches, pulling everything together. It’s so exciting to see the difference between the poor flattened thing that is now a shoe!
But a consequence of that is that I get very stubborn leather fibers under my nails!