Books and Videos

We offer the following publications for those individuals who feel comfortable learning via the printed page or demonstration. Those who desire the more intense and more intimate learning of hands-on experience are urged to consider in-shop seminars which include the relevant book.

All books and videos offered on this site were written by D.W. Frommer II--a full time, working bootmaker. As such they reflect the 30 plus years of experience and knowledge that DW has acquired both through his work and through contact with other dedicated makers. Potential students are encouraged to visit the online bootshop and study the photos there. These photos can provide a clear picture of the style and the range of the bootmaker. The absence of a body of work such as this...to recommend the maker...is like the absence of credentials.

Books, videos and seminars include "unlimited support." It is our philosophy that the teacher unwilling or unable to provide "after the fact" encouragement and help, is unworthy of the position.

Western Bootmaking: An American Tradition.

This book is a complete tutorial on the creation the classic western (cowboy) boot. Although aimed at the serious student of the Trade who desires to produce professionally finished and technically superior footwear... by hand, this book assumes no previous knowledge. The text begins with an introduction to the tools of the trade; proceeds to an in-depth exploration of the last, the relationship of the foot to the last, and how to measure the foot; details the creation of patterns; describes assembly procedures; and delineates techniques for lasting, inseaming and finishing. Drawing heavily on traditional "bespoke" methods, boots made in this fashion use no plastic, paper or nails in the final construction. Included are a full set of patterns, a resource list, a machine and tool inventory, a measurement chart (comparing last to foot), and several pages of lithographed hand tools from the heyday of hand work. Available in hard copy or on CD.

Western Packers: An American Hybrid

This is a complete tutorial on the production of the western packer -- a lace-up cowboy boot. Although aimed at the serious student of the Trade who desires to produce professionally finished and technically superior footwear... by hand, this book assumes no previous knowledge. The text begins with an introduction to the tools of the trade; proceeds to an in-depth exploration of the last, the relationship of the foot to the last, and how to measure the foot; details the "geometric" method of creating patterns; describes assembly procedures at length; and delineates techniques for lasting, inseaming and finishing. Drawing heavily on traditional "bespoke" methods, a boots made in this fashion use no plastic, paper or nails in the final construction. Included is a resource list, a machine and tool inventory, a measurement chart (comparing last to foot), and several pages of lithographed hand tools from the heyday of handwork. Available in hard copy or on CD.

Bootmaker's Choice: Making the Full Wellington.

400 pages long and contains nearly 300 illustrations, photos and lithographs. As far as I know, it is the only book ever written that deals with making this style of boot exclusively. That said, it is a full tutorial and is grounded in the theories and understandings that have informed my previous books. It is aimed at the intermediate to advance maker. It is available on CD, in pdf format, only.  

Videos by D.W. Frommer II -- Bootmaker
Now on DVD!

Western Bootmaking: An American Tradition--The Video

This is a 27 hour video tutorial (14 two hour discs on DVD) on the making of the classic western (cowboy) boot. The video closely follows the text of the author's book, Western Bootmaking: An American Tradition, although each subject, from fitting the foot to inseaming, is covered in greater detail than is possible in a text only format. The book itself is included with the video as a study guide, along with a complete set of patterns, a resource list, a machine and tool inventory, a measurement chart (comparing last to foot), and several pages of lithographed hand tools from the heyday of hand work. Many of the techniques illustrated here have their origins in traditional "bespoke" work (some dating to the early 17th century), and produce footwear that is professionally finished and uses no paper, plastics or nails in the final construction.


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