zondag 19 maart 2017

Geta job!

Job done, that is! 😁

With the help of my lovely wife (and her fabric collection and sewing machine), the geta got finished:
I just need to fidget around with the straps, get them neat, and find out the right length before I permanently attach them.

The wood is  "steigerhout" from a local DIY, which seems to be a low grade of pine. It's light, but not very sturdy, and hard to get really smooth and neat.  I finished it with boiled linseed oil, in the hopes of protecting them from wet and dirt at least a little bit.  The straps are terry cloth wound around sisal rope, held togehter inside a black cotton tube.
These are just a quick test of concept and construction, to see how they would be to walk on. If they work well, and I actually manage to wear these out, maybe I'll make a pair of decent wood. Maybe, someday.

They're a bloody hazard to walk around with on wooden flooring, but on carpet I can manage a (careful and nervous) run. Hopefully I'll get to try them outdoors sometime, the type of terrain they are intended for. We've got some inland dunes nearby so I might get to test them out on both woodland soil, some light mud and loose sand. Plus I get to confuse the locals...

See you next time!

3 opmerkingen:

  1. As far as I'm aware the Japanese never wore shoes indoor. So that shouldn't be a problem.
    Have fun confusing the neighbourhood 😊! It probably takes quite a bit of practice to walk on them.

  2. Your neighbors could possibly remember their ancestors running around in wooden shoes...

    1. Some still wear them regularly, not the cityfolk though...
      Had a little test walk in them 2 evenings ago. They make a very entertaining "clip-clop" sound on solid paving. And the traction on grass and loose dirt is amazing.
      Still have to learn how to walk on them without cramping up my feet, though.