Monday, September 30, 2013

Unexpected Cobbler Options

While volunteering last week, I noticed that one of the other volunteers had a beautiful basket with him, which had edges covered in leather. I noticed the leather didn't match the leather on the handles, so I asked if the covered areas were original to the basket, or if he had added them.

He told me that he got the basket years ago while traveling, and loved it so much that when it started to fall apart at the edges, he brought it to the cobbler. The cobbler added a bit of leather to strengthen the areas that had begun to fray. He said he also has another basket with patches of leather in different spots where the weave needed to be strengthened.

Now, I certainly bring all sorts of things to the cobbler, but would never have thought to bring a basket -- how clever is that?

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