A look back on retiring from shoe repair

April 15, 2019

Peg Larabell working in her old shop - movie still

This video is special to me because it includes rare footage of my beloved repair shop and of (camera shy) me “behind the wheel.”  That is, behind the grinding and finishing wheels of the Sutton 2000.

I am happy to share this video with you MooBuzz® All-Natural Leather Protection fans and leather aficionados as it was filmed about a year before I retired from shoe and leather repair and closed my shop in November of 2018.

I believe in fixing things. It’s in my blood.

Honestly, I was sad to leave shoe and leather repair behind. It was my full-time life (and then some!) for over 15 years. And I’ll miss meeting all the wonderful customers who believe in fixing things, too. I am truly honored that they trusted me to fix their stuff.

As much as I love repairing things, though, I also love making things. I’m a maker at heart. Repair captured me for a while. I’m grateful for everything it taught me about why things break and how to properly care for leather goods. But it wasn’t the whole picture for me.

So as 2019 begins, I find myself very busy in my new MooBuzz® production space. I have plenty of room to develop more products to help you care for your fine leather goods. Plus, I’m renting a small studio where I continue to make custom and commissioned leather goods (for people who can find me).

“You’re retired?” I get that question A LOT because even though I retired from repair, I’m still really busy. The truth of the matter is that my hands will always be busy. Whether it’s packing up MooBuzz® Leather Protection, stitching a custom shoe, or paddling some wide or wild river, I’ll be working with my hands. Just have to.

And this leads me to a weird remembrance: My older brother had a vinyl album by Mason Williams called “Handmade,” circa 1970. I just love “Classical Gas” and must have listened to that piece hundreds of times. Well, Williams made that entire album. The music was handmade, of course, and he drew an outline of his hand on the cover and wrote the liner notes. I remember reading somewhere on that album cover: “Time is handmade love.” Hands and love and time. There you have it.

 





Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in Good Advice

Give Your Gardening Gloves a Hand
Give Your Gardening Gloves a Hand

May 15, 2020

When it’s time to dig into gardening season, it’s time to think about protecting those pruners. The ones attached to your arms. We’re talking about your hands!

View full article →

Why do my boots look white & hazy?
Why do my boots look white & hazy?

October 24, 2017

Not all funky stuff on the surface of your boots is mold and mildew. We'll help you know what you’re dealing with so you know how to handle it.

View full article →

Why are my boots green and fuzzy?
Why are my boots green and fuzzy?

September 22, 2017

Basements? Car trunks? The backs of closets? They can be mold and mildew makers when it comes to leather. We'll tell you how to fix the funk. 

 

View full article →

Sign Up Today!

We send monthly leather protection tips, and sometimes we have sales.
Be the first to know!