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Shoemaker’s Workshop

The Shoemaker’s workshop (Skomakeriet) from the 1870s consists of a single room that served both as a workshop and a dwelling. The shoemaker worked at a bench by the window where there was also room for a journeyman and an apprentice.

Opening hours

Sat 18/6 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun 19/6 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat 10/9 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun 11/9 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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When it was dark in the shop the “shoemaker’s globe” was a useful aid. Filled with water, the globe gathers the light from the window or from a paraffin lamp and directs it to a specific point.

In the corner behind the bench there is a shelf full of lasts, the foot-shaped wooden moulds that determined the shape of the shoe. A large shoemaker’s shop could have several hundred lasts, often a pair for each customer. The shoemaker’s most important tools were knives, pliers, awl, hammer and rasp. There was a special knife for cutting the leather for the uppers and another one for trimming the soles. The knives had to be kept very sharp and were honed on a leather strap

attached to the bench. The various parts of the shoe were sewn together using waxed thread.
For a long period shoemakers were the most numerous craftsmen in Stockholm. The craft is an ancient one and the tools and techniques have changed little over the years.

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