Announcing the first Project Lesson – Late 16th C. Venetian Chopines (Cork). These chopines were finished in June of 2006, but I’m adding the post simply to facilitate searching. See attached for a teaser pic!
I’m interested in Venetian footwear for myself and am curious as to why the choice of cork over timber. My experiences with modern footwear using cork is that it tends to be too soft and quickly becomes unsafe for my ankles because of it’s wobbly softness as a material.
Hi Mirm – for taller Venetian chopines, timber seems to have been the rule of thumb. The Venetian examples tend to have more extreme curves and architecture that cork simply cannot support. The chopines in Lesson 1 were constructed of cork due to the ease of carving with power sanders and such, but Lesson 2 chopines are, indeed, made of timber. Another thing to consider is that pantoufles (shorter wedges, ~2″ max) were constructed of either material, and I have seen evidence for both, since there are no extreme curves required.