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Fri, Sep. 19th, 2008, 01:59 pm
brandonriley: Call for Bootblacks NYC!

Hey all,
Im helping a friend to get some bootblacks together to participate in NYLW (New York Leather Weekend).

We still need some and Some More Bootblacks who are willing to donate their time and talents. Bootblacks will be working for tips!

Bootblacking takes place on Saturday from 1-5 PM. If you work those 4 hours you will get a half comp to the event.  If you are able to donate another 4 hours of volunteer time you will get a full comp.(event schedule is listed under the cut).
There is also the option to bootblack at the street fair.

Please let me know what you would like your hours to total up to, and let me know what your first choices (& etc) are.

There's quite a few volunteers, so the earlier you respond, the better chance you have at getting the slot you want.

Also, please note that there will be a volunteer orientation on October 4th for those that wish to attend.  (optional, unless you're doing security)

If your interested please leave a comment here or email the volunteer coordinator at  nylw.volunteers at gmail dot com

Volunteer ScheduleCollapse )

Fri, Aug. 29th, 2008, 12:07 pm
radclyff: questions to group

Greetings All!

I've been lurking here a while because I love leather and have some basic leather care knowledge, bootblacking as well as clothing. I'm finally getting the opportunity to move from domestic service to personal service and have a couple of questions I was hoping those of you who are more experienced would be able to help me with.

1. I know how to take care of oil-conditioned boots, but can anyone point me to a website/reference (can be hard copy as well) about taking care of boots with (as it was described to me) a "rough-leather finish"? So, not suede, but not a shiny or oil-based finish? Edit: As I'm reading, I'm guessing the boots are of roughout leather. I'm still having a difficult time finding specific care instructions. Should they be brushed like suede? Can I use wax/oil/polish/etc. on them?

2. Does anyone know how to get an ink stain (I've been told it's small) off of pink leather without fading the leather? Again, pointing me in the right direction for references would be a huge help.

Thanks so much in advance for the help any of you can give!

Sun, Aug. 24th, 2008, 09:30 pm
pony_bootblack: Congrats Trooper!

 A huge congratulations goes out to Trooper for being named GLLA
Bootblack 2008. Congrats to boy matt and to tami for a job well done.

Congrats to all the winners, and again, GOOD JOB TROOPER!


Thu, Aug. 21st, 2008, 04:55 pm
sactoboydave: Howdy

Howdy all,

This is david shorey, Northern California Community Bootblack 2008. I live in Sacramento and will be competing at the International Community Bootblack competition in October in San Francisco. I have been bootblacking for 6 years. I bootblack at The Bolt in Sacramento and have bootblacked at S.F. Pride, Dore Alley and Folsom Steet Fair the past few years.


Sun, Aug. 10th, 2008, 08:33 pm
chixalfred: (no subject)

I read the rules of the community, I think this is safe to post, but please let me know if this isn't appropriate and I'll take it off.

I'm helping to organize New York Leather Weekend in October. It's our 2nd year, and our first year holding a leather contest.

I'm not sure who has signed up yet to compete, so please disregard if you are / are planning to compete. Wouldn't want to give anyone double duty :).

My part of the event is volunteer and demo coordination. I would love it if any of you put in a few hours over the weekend to bootblack. If you volunteer for 5 hours, you get a half comp. 10 hours will get you a full event comp. If you're not comfortable booblacking yet and you still want to volunteer, there's still room for all sorts of volunteers.

For more information on the event, please contact me (nylw.volunteers@gmail.com), or check out our website: http://www.newyorkleatherweekend.com.

Yours in Leather,
-Eileen (Leenie) Vale

Wed, Jul. 23rd, 2008, 01:09 pm
thebootblack: (no subject)

So when I was barely dry behind the ears in terms of manning a chair (yeah, that many years ago, shut up), a travelling bootblack handed me a tin of something very special. I didn't really recognize just how special this tin was, but it seemed so, and thus I treated it so. The smell, the texture ... smooth under rubbing, easily charlied into the pores, beautiful but unpretentious shine ... <cough><cough> ... anyway ...

Now, after many years of conservative use, this lone tin is finally past any viability. I am jonesing for a refill.

Here's the problem: I can't find this stuff anywhere in the states, and the manufacturer does not sell directly to a yankee git like me. Can anyone help me out?

This magic stuff is a hardwax product by Collonil called Interpolish. Needing black (and preferably neutral too). I understand it is sold in 75 mL tins. I got the scratch to maybe buy a half-rack, but really only looking for 6 tins or so. Looking to get it shipped to Seattle, WA.

Cheers to you what can help me ...  C:##/boris.

Sun, Jul. 6th, 2008, 10:39 pm
vagabondagegirl: Product Question

I'm hoping this is the place to ask this question.  I'm learning how to take care of Sir's boots and am trying to find a product (or product replacement) for him.

I'm looking for what would be used to touch up the eyelets on a pair of boots when necessary.  Sir said that in the past he's used a product called M-New but I haven't had any luck finding it online.  Is it still available, and if so where can I purchase it?  If it isn't available what replacement product is suggested?

Mon, Jun. 30th, 2008, 06:48 pm
angelbaby001: Question for you all

So I am getting ready to compete for my first leather title this year. I am hoping to run for NWCBB in August. I am really new to the contest part of the leather world. I am looking for advice and information about their experiance and what I may possibly expect during the event. Any information would be appreciated thank you all for your time.

Mon, Jun. 16th, 2008, 05:40 pm
angelbaby001: Hello every one

I just thought I would drop a line and say HI and I am glad I found the community.
I have been bootblacking publicly for a year now. I love it. Being very blessed with two very amazing state title holders has caused me to be very busy. I am looking forward to swaping ideas and learning all I can from every one here. Congratulations to All the new title holders this year.....



Ps I am located in Portland oregon

Wed, Jun. 4th, 2008, 02:12 pm
bootblacker: San Francisco Boot Blacks?

Who represents NorCal on this blog?

--Give a shout out to Matt in SF!!

(actually livin in the Tenderloin... grrrr.)

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