Detroit Area Bootblacks’ Laboratory – July 26, 2-5pm

DETROIT – The July bootblack laboratory is almost upon us. RSVP here if you are interested in attending: https://fetlife.com/events/337909

Many of you who attended the party on the 18th may have seen me working for much of the night. If you were curious and/or fascinated and/or intrigued by what in the heck was going on over in my corner or if you had questions but didn’t have a chance to ask me, the monthly Detroit Area Bootblacks’ Lab (DABBL) would be the event for you!

While listed as a 102 lab, focusing on garments and toys, everyone of all levels, including people who have no idea about any of this but are curious, are welcome to attend. We can provide a 101 type overview for brand new people attending for the first time or who are unfamiliar with bootblacking.

The first hour or so will be focused on the lab topic and the rest of the time will be open work time to work on your own projects, brainstorm about problems, ask for help or have your leathers or boots worked on. No pressure to arrive right at 2pm — arrive whenever works for your schedule.

WHAT is the Detroit Area Bootblacks’ Laboratory, you might ask? DABBL (“dabble”) is an open workshop on the last Sunday of the month for people of all skill and experience levels who are interested in the art and craft of bootblacking. Bootblacking is the art, skill and craft of caring for leather items of all types and of all colors. Bootblacking is different from shoeshining merely because of the context: bootblacks shine for the love of leather and to care for their fellow community members, shoeshines shine because it’s their job.

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