cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Kevin Harber
Some cloggers were itinerant, but most villages had one or more resident clog-makers who made clogs on order, individually fitted to the buyer's feet. The traditional village clogger usually carved the wooden soles themselves, before cutting the leather uppers and nailing them in place. A well made pair of clogs was waterproof and would last for years.
John possibly learned some of his trade in Walton le Dale from his father Richard, who was a bootmaker. He continued as a clogger when he moved to Littleborough, then to Rastrick and finally to Milnrow. Whether he worked from home (as in the picture below) or had a workshop elsewhere I've yet to discover.
|Clogger's shop in a weaver's cottage museum|
More information about English clog making:
The Last Clog Maker in England - series of YouTube videos on clogs and clog making by Jeremy Atkinson
Informative website by Chris Brady
Clogs (Mike Cahill, maker and repairer of traditional English clogs)