Shoemaker's Garden Art

August 20th, 2009 in member junk     
dresdenjunkshun dresdenjunkshun, member
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shoemakers last     n : holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to         fashion or repair shoes
Often find these old shoemakers lasts at the local estate auction we attend.  Rarely will anyone bid on them so they usually end up in a junk box that I drag home.  Cant seem to sell them at our Junk Shop so I brought them home and made this adorable garden spot right by my back step.  Seeing those old shoemakers pieces always brings a smile to my face when I climb the porch steps.  In my mind I can picture an old shoemaker hunched over them making a pair of childrens shoes:)  Made to last...heavy, solid iron with wonderful age old patina.
Notice the tiny childs last?
little concrete bird is a found object that sits perfectly on top of the shoemakers last!
shoemakers last     n : holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to         fashion or repair shoes
Often find these old shoemakers lasts at the local estate auction we attend.  Rarely will anyone bid on them so they usually end up in a junk box that I drag home.  Cant seem to sell them at our Junk Shop so I brought them home and made this adorable garden spot right by my back step.  Seeing those old shoemakers pieces always brings a smile to my face when I climb the porch steps.  In my mind I can picture an old shoemaker hunched over them making a pair of childrens shoes:)  Made to last...heavy, solid iron with wonderful age old patina.

shoemaker's last
     n : holding device shaped like a human foot that is used to
         fashion or repair shoes

Often find these old shoemaker's lasts at the local estate auction we attend.  Rarely will anyone bid on them so they usually end up in a "junk" box that I drag home.  Can't seem to sell them at our Junk Shop so I brought them home and made this adorable garden spot right by my back step.  Seeing those old shoemaker's pieces always brings a smile to my face when I climb the porch steps.  In my mind I can picture an old shoemaker hunched over them making a pair of children's shoes:)  Made to last...heavy, solid iron with wonderful age old patina.


Fun found objects that add a bit of interest to my porch step garden.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Shoemaker's Garden Art
posted in: member junk, vintage, metal, plant holder, industrial, garden, historical, cast iron-metallic, iron, shoe last

Comments (10)

junkermidge writes: Great post. I never knew they were called lasts. I have a few but didn't know how to use them. They look so beautiful and fun in your garden shots. Thanks.
Midge Posted: 10:03 am on August 24th
chippingcharm writes: Very cute...love all the other ideas mentioned for these too. What a creative group :) Laurel Posted: 5:10 pm on August 22nd
suewhitney writes: Very nice! This is a great use for these easily found junkables. They are darling in your garden.

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 9:59 am on August 22nd
TinTinJunkFan writes: This is soo clever-- one can just imagine the shoemaker and the elves.... Posted: 5:24 pm on August 21st
SantaClaus writes: Make great door stops; bookends; love this new idea! I have quite a few as my Mom worked in a shoe factory! Posted: 6:44 am on August 21st
smiller0529 writes: How cute! I would never have thought of that! I've seen so many of those in antique stores and flea markets. Great job! Posted: 7:46 pm on August 20th
MimiToria writes: I think you've started a new surge of desire for these shoe forms. You've done a great job with placing them in your gardens and they really look good. Reminds me of papa bear, mama bear, teenager bear, and baby bear. Very fun!
Gretchen Posted: 6:48 pm on August 20th
BOOKENDS writes: Very cute...reminds me of the fairytale..The Shoemakers Elves Posted: 6:06 pm on August 20th
Christina_S writes: Wonderful display! Posted: 5:19 pm on August 20th
RustyDiva writes: Can't believe no one has snagged these from you ~ I would. They would make cute little feet for a table. Posted: 5:15 pm on August 20th
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