Seminars and Classes

All seminars take place in a "working" bootshop. This is true hands-on learning with considerable backgrounding in theory and design. Students will find that they have immediate and unlimited access to instructors as well as machinery, work stations and tools.

D.W. Frommer II offers three week classes in the classic western boot.

This style is commonly known as a "cowboy" boot but is technically referred to as a "dress wellington." A dress wellington is characterized by its construction elements, of which there are four major pieces -- a vamp, a front panel, a counter cover and a back panel. Students make one pair of boots while learning theory as well as familiarity with tools and techniques. Basic courses, include a copy of the relevant textbook as a study guide.

Three week classes are also offered in the western packer.

This is a blucher style lace up boot that has served as an alternative cowboy boot since the frontier days. It has undergone a resurgence of popularity in the last ten years, especially among working cowboys. The "geometric" patterning techniques used to create this style of boot can serve as an introduction to other kinds of footwear and can be applied in their most basic form to styles as diverse as western balmorals, court shoes and derby boots.

Advanced classed are available in styles such as:

The "full wellington" This is a two piece boot, with the whole front, from the toe to the knee, being one piece and the whole back, from the heel to the calf, also one piece. This is the boot that was worn by Civil War officers and is the historical antecedent of the cowboy boot. Most of the cowboy boots made in the late 1800's were of this style.

The "napoleon." Also known as the "hollywood" or "tejas." A three piece boot, with a vamp and counter cover, seamed at the side, and a one piece top seamed at the back. This boot was very much in vogue during the early 1930's and 40's and was often elaborately ornamented -- with the one piece top providing a large canvas for inlays and overlays.

Advanced courses require that one of the two basic courses be taken as a prerequisite. Advanced courses can, and often do, include instruction in techniques aimed at refining the look and feel of the boot as well as advanced techniques in ornamentation. Several pair of boots may be made simultaneously in these courses provided one pair is a style that the student has already studied.

Subjects to be covered:

Students are not required to provide tools or leather except in advanced classes where the student wishes to work with exotics such as ostrich or alligator, etc., or where the student wishes to make more than one pair in a three week course.


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