Old Wooden Shoe Forms and Stretchers

June 15th, 2015 in blog, member junk     
JunkArchitect Jim Healy, editor
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The patina on each stretcher is amazing. 
An assemblage of treasures.
I built the frame from pine boards, old-style square cut nails and rusty metal bands. 
The wooden components were painted black and then distressed for an industrial look.
Stretchers, brushes and shoehorns.
The wooden toolbox came from a cobblers shop.
Antique boot form.
My vision of an old rack in a shoemakers shop.
Vintage brushes with interesting graphics. 
The beautiful wood and rusty steel meld together effortlessly.  
Each old shoehorn has the name of a long-forgotten shoe store stamped in the metal.
Adjustable form with a beautiful patina.
Combining unlike yet related elements create a strong and harmonious statement. 
The patina on each stretcher is amazing. 

The patina on each stretcher is amazing. 

Photo: Jim Healy (copyright 2015)

When you come across an incredible find, don’t delay or think, "Do I really need this?” If you love it, buy it. When I found this collection of shoe stretchers and forms, I immediately envisioned the history behind each one. The craftsmen cutting leather, stitching seams, hammering nails and taking pride in the final creation. In my home I surround myself with objects that inspire and spark my imagination. My thoughts create a fictional history behind an object that ignite a design. That was the case when I created this assemblage of stretches, forms and old shoehorns. It’s like going back in time, grabbing things you want and love, and then creating your own interpretation of the past. 

I recently found another collection of beautifully dilapidated objects. Look for it on JMS in a few weeks.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Jim Healy - Junk Architect (copyright 2015)
posted in: blog, member junk, vintage, metal, wood, industrial, historical, Shoe stretcher, shoe form, jim healy, junk architect, shoehorns

Comments (12)

Loftyideas4u writes: Love how you've displayed all these vintage items into this awesome show piece. I'm also glad to see that we share the same interest with wooden shoes. Hey if the shoes fits! :) Posted: 4:26 pm on December 1st
gadgetsponge writes: Looks fantastic Jim. I can definitely get a history vibe out of the assemblage. You just can't beat true, old, authentically-distressed wooden objects. Posted: 7:31 pm on June 27th
Silvertips writes: What a beautiful piece of work. I agree with you most readily on snatching up something when you see it!... alas there seems to be never enough time to complete all the projects. Lots of materials on hand...
Would love to see the next completed project Keep us updated.

Posted: 10:58 am on June 18th
Dinantiques writes: This is a masterpiece combining both your building and painting skills with the coolest vintage pieces ever. I love the patina.

BEAUTIFUL...A TRUE WORK OF ART!
Posted: 4:12 am on June 18th
MakinItHappen writes: Wow, what a collection! As others have said, the colors and patina are very warm. A very lucky find, indeed. Posted: 8:57 pm on June 17th
JunkArchitect writes: Thank you for all the amazing feedback!

Jim

Posted: 7:27 pm on June 16th
CreepinJen writes: I like the wood and rusty metal used together for the frame. The crisscrossed metal adds a subtle contrast with the vertical impact of the stretchers. I really love this. It's a beautiful piece of art.


Posted: 5:32 pm on June 16th
AtticusFinch writes: That is incredible. What a wonderful display of old and new art. It took a great imagination to create this piece.
Posted: 4:54 pm on June 15th
just_old_stuff writes: Jim, it cannot be said enough that YOUR interpretation of historic design rivals the real thing. I keep staring at this assemblage and it transports me back 100 years in time. It is obvious that your creations come from your love of building and each share a piece of your soul.

I LOVE THIS PIECE!
Posted: 11:37 am on June 15th
G writes: What do you do when you discover a goldmine of vintage shoemaking components.? You make us feel as if we've stepped back in time..into an exclusive shoemakers shop. I feel as if I've peered through an old, dusty window and watched a shoemaker create his craft. You can't get much better than that...!

Posted: 11:01 am on June 15th
georgiamoon writes: Jim,

This is truly incredible and looks so perfect in your home. The warm tones of the forms, the distressed metal, and painted wood go together like they were made at the same time. I know that is what you strive for but very few can achieve the look the way you do! I would never think to put something like in my home but seeing it all together is just so beautiful. You are an amazing artist with such great talent!!!
Amazing!

Georgia

Posted: 9:11 am on June 15th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: JIM,
WOW WHAT A FIND. IT LOOKS GREAT AND A NEAT DISPLAY. I WOULDN'T GET RID OF IT EITHER. I CAN REMEMBER MOST ITEMS AND THAT WOULD LOOK GREAT IN ANYBODY'S HOME. THANKS FOR SHARING A TREMENDOUS FIND. GOD BLESS ROBERT.
Posted: 8:30 am on June 15th
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